VIENNA, May 17 – Rain and gusty winds continued on Saturday, May 17. It was the third full day in a row of inclement weather. And the temperatures fell to about 50F. Brrr…
But none of it stopped us from continuing our exploration of the former Austro-Hungarian empire’s capital. Vienna has always been my favorite European city. And now I had a chance to show Elizabeth why.
We waited till early afternoon for the rain to subside a little before hopping on a train to Schoenbrunn. This palace was built by Empress Maria Theresa in the middle of the 18th century as the summer playground of the Habsburg royals.
By the time we finished the audio tour of the palace interior, the rain had abated enough to allow us to walk through Schoenbrunn’s “back yard.”
You can see from the pictures that that’s a bit of an understatement. This “back yard” is probably about a mile long and another mile wide. And it is beautifully appointed with statues, ornaments and flowers, as are all aspects of the Schoenbrunn Palace.