Excursions for 2019

ALL-DAY TRIP TO VIENNA

 

Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, Salzburg were all jewels in the imperial Austrian crown, but that crown rested at the emperor’s court in Vienna.  One cannot fully appreciate the Classical style without a visit to what many considered the musical capital of Europe in the 18th century.

We will travel there by train for an all-day walking tour of the musical highlights, including sites associated with Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert and a visit to the fabulous collection of keyboard instruments in the Hofburg museum.  Don’t forget your walking shoes! 

 

We’ll pause late afternoon for a visit to Demel’s, the legendary pastry shop to indulge in a Sachertorte and Viennese coffee mit Schlag (whipped cream).  At dusk we’ll take a tram up into the Vienna Woods for a Heurigen, typical Austrian outdoor dining featuring smoked meats, sausages, chicken, potato salad, sauerkraut, and local beverages... all accompanied by traditional folk music.  Hopefully we won’t miss the last train for Bratislava!

Contemporary reflects Medieval

Contemporary reflects Medieval

Vienna Secession

Vienna Secession. Modern Art born here

Gothic Nave

Gothic Nave

Miracles of the Stone-Mason’s Art

Miracles of the Stone-Mason’s Art

St. Stephens Cathedral

St. Stephens Cathedral

Romanesque north Façade

Romanesque north Façade

Even Teddybears Waltz in Vienna!

Even Teddybears Waltz in Vienna!

Catching the last rays

Catching the last rays

Twilight of the Gods

Twilight of the Gods

A “Heurigen” supper

A “Heurigen” supper in the Vienna Woods

Liszt’s Double-Piano for Hands & Fee

Liszt’s Double-Piano for Hands & Feet!

Entering the Palace

Entering the Palace

An Afternoon at Schönbrunn Palace

An Afternoon at Schönbrunn Palace

Mozart’s Home & Museum

Mozart’s Home & Museum

Sachertorte mit Schlag, natürlich!

Sachertorte mit Schlag, natürlich!

Beethoven lived there, corner apt, 4

Beethoven lived there, corner apt, 4th floor

The University of Vienna

The University of Vienna

Schubert often visited the 3 sisters

Schubert often visited the 3 sisters here

19th elegance at Demels Konditorei

19th elegance at Demels Konditorei

Imperial Pastry Chef to the Court.

Imperial Pastry Chef to the Court.

Composed “Figaro” up there

Composed “Figaro” up there

Collection of Historical Instruments

Collection of Historical Instruments

Beethoven’s Piano

Beethoven’s Piano

Mozart’s Piano

Mozart’s Piano

Gone to Keyboard Heaven!

Gone to Keyboard Heaven!

Brahms’s Piano

Brahms’s Piano

Palatial Staircase

Palatial Staircase

Mythological Heroes protect the Empi

Mythological Heroes protect the Empire

Helden-Platz.  Heroes from its Imper

Helden-Platz. Heroes from its Imperial past

Church of Minor Friars. Built early

Church of Minor Friars. Built early 1300s

Wine Cellars are cool!

Wine Cellars are cool!

Musikverein.  Home of the Vienna Ph

Musikverein. Home of the Vienna Philharmonic

Karls Church. Mahler wed there.

Karls Church. Mahler wed there

Rathaus. City Hall. Film Festival

Rathaus. City Hall. Film Festival

Helden-Platz.  Heroes from its Imper

Helden-Platz. Heroes from its Imperial past

Delicate Ironwork of Michael’s Gate

Delicate Ironwork of Michael’s Gate

Mythological Heroes protect the Empi

Mythological Heroes protect the Empire

Andromeda Fountain

Andromeda Fountain

Inside Michael’s Gate.  Imperial Apa

Inside Michael’s Gate. Imperial Apartments

Cafe Sperl. Artists Hangout

Cafe Sperl. Artists Hangout

Pausing for a pic before Hofburg Pal

Pausing for a pic before Hofburg Palace

Bösendorfer Salon.

Bösendorfer Salon.

David Fiddling with the Golden Boy

David Fiddling with the Golden Boy

Teenage Haydn had a tiny roof gable

Teenage Haydn had a tiny roof gable room (right)

Main Reading Room

Main Reading Room

Josef’s-Platz.  Imperial Court Libra

Josef’s-Platz. Imperial Court Library

Paying our respects to Mozart

Paying our respects to Mozart

Consulting with Dr. Freud

Consulting with Dr. Freud

Baroque Splendor

Baroque Splendor

Schubert's piano

Schubert’s Piano

Some tour by carriage!

Some tour by carriage!