We arrived in Vienna the next morning. We spent the morning doing a tour of Vienna starting with a pre-opening tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History), and ending at Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, we took the tour of Schonbrunn Palace and grounds. In the evening, Kristin and I went to the Staatsoper to see Lise Davidsen in concert. It was a very busy day.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum. There was lots of construction going on the the Museum Quarter.
The Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History), with the statue of Maria Theresa in front.
The foyer after entering the Kunsthistorisches.
One of the stairways leading out of the entrance hall.
The main stairway leading up.
The ceiling of the main stairway.
Looking back down the main stairway.
There are many famous paintings there. This is Adam and Eve, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, painted around 1515.
The Art of Painting, by Vermeer - about 1616.
The Salt Cellar by Benvenuto Cellini - a table sculpture in gold completed in 1543.
The Neue Burg - part of the Hofburg Palace complex.
The National Library in the Josefsplatz.
The statue of Kaiser Joseph II in the Josefsplatz.
The Museum of the Hapsburg Emperor's Treasure, part of the Hofburgkapelle (the church of the Hofburg).
Looking down the Braunerstrasse.
The Wiener Pestsaule - a memorial column for plague victims.
The chapel of Stephansdom.
The chapel and the ceiling.
Stonework on the outside of Stephansdom.
Schonbrunn Palace seen from behind the Neptune Fountain.
The Gloriette and a portion of the Schonbrunn Palace gardens, seen from right in front of the Palace.
The Palace Gardens.
Another part of the Palace Gardens.
It wouldn't be Vienna without real Wiener Schnitzel. With Viennese potato salad. At Plachutta's, one of the older Viennese restaurants, and right around the corner from the opera house.
In the Wiener Staatsoper - the stairs leading to the loge and balcony.
The Wiener Staatsoper loge level.
Lise Davidsen and her accompanist taking their bows after the encores.