Vienna Sightseeing

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Vienna  is the capital of the Republic of Austria and one of its nine states. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic and political centre. It lies in the east of Austria and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A half day Excursion which took us through the most beautiful sights of the southern part of Vienna. Passing the Vienna Woods, the Roman City of Baden famous for its thermal springs and driving through romantic valley Helenental to the former Mayerling hunting lodge.

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Mayerling is a small village (pop: 200) in Lower Austria belonging to the municipality of Alland in the district of Baden. It is situated on the Schwechat River, in the Wienerwald (Vienna woods), 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Vienna. It was in this hunting lodge that, on January 30, 1889, he was found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera, apparently as a result of suicide. From 1550, it was in the possession of the abbey of Heiligenkreuz. In 1886 Crown Prince Rudolf, the only son of Emperor Franz Joseph 1 and Empress Elizabeth of Bavaria and heir to the Austro-Hungarian  crown acquired the manor and transformed it into a hunting lodge…(see building behind my back in photo). Snowy day in Mayerling

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Heiligenkreuz Abbey Heiligenkreuz Abbey (Stift Heiligenkreuz, Closter Heiligen Creyz or Santa Crux) is a Cisterian monastery in the village of Heiligenkreuz in the southern part of the Vienna Woods, eight miles north-west of Baden in Lower Austria. Heiligenkreuz abbots, often noted for their piety and learning.

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The tomb of Friedrich the Valiant The choir stalls are in Baroque style and are carved with representations of popes, cardinals, bishops and other figures from ecclesiastical history. [Look at one carving. Photo top right hand] The order had reformed the Gregorian chant and a lot of other aspects of religious life in the 12th century Carved in Wood The last resting place of several members of the House of Babenberg The choir stalls

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Our first excursion ended at Seegrotte located about 17KM from Central Vienna. It was a gypsum mine built on 3 levels; grey and red gypsum were mined here for use as agricultural fertilizer from 1848 to 1912. In 1912, over 20 mil. liters flooded the lowest level and the mine was closed. It was reopened in 1932 as a display mine for tourists. We could see rooms that once served the miners as a chapel, common room and wine cellar, where they used to celebrate. There are even stables for working horses which had to spend all their life in the dark. Relics from Disney’s movie The Three Musketeers shot down in Seegrotte. The Seegrotte is a system of caves that includes Europe's largest underground lake.

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Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence in Vienna. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

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On our 2nd day we took a long walk along the Vienna Ring Boulevard which is 4 KM long and circles the city centre.

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St. Stephen's Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop. The "New Townhall was constructed in "Late gothic"-style 1872-1883 by Cologne architect Friedrich Schmidt (1872-1882) The men who shaped Vienna’s History were the architect of the Karlskirche (St Charles Church), Fischer von Erlach, Duke Heinrich II (nicknamed Jasomirgott) and Duke Rudolf IV der Stifter (the Founder). 1 2 3 1 2 3

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Salzburg is the 4th largest city in Austria and the Capital of the Federal State of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) with its world famous Baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. Salzburg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – 1997.

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The Vienna Kursalon was built between the years 1865 and 1867 by Johann Garber in the style of the Italian Renaissance. After two years of restoration, the Kursalon sparkles in renewed splendour, inviting audiences to experience the musical pleasures that have thrilled visitors since the famed Promenade Concerts of the brothers Strauss. The Wiener Kursalon is one of the most beautiful concert venues in the heart of Vienna.

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With the Concert & Dinner package, the musical delights of the concert were combined with a delicious dinner in the stylish surroundings of the Cafe Restaurant Johann in the Kursalon Wien.

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Sitting with my wife, a couple from Germany and a lady from Poland. To my left a young couple from Texas A lovely couple from Iowa Two fantastic ladies from Lebanon.

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There are scores of other photos, but I feel I have displayed the best ones that have outlined this memorable Austrian trip.

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