jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 81 [20 Apr 09] – Vienna

Posted in Vienna by jn82 on April 20, 2009

Jumped on the Euro-city 962 from Budapest to Vienna this morning, and the Hungarian railways train carriage was surprisingly of a very high standard, unlike the rest of the Eastern European train carriages in Slovenia and Croatia we had been on previously. It was new, clean and very spacious, almost on par with most of the Western European Inter-city trains.

Hungarian railways operated Euro-city 962 first class carriage.

Euro-city 962 after arrival in Vienna.

Upon arrival in Vienna, we only had to cross the road from the train station and we reached the hostel, what a good location. The Wombats Vienna City hostel is really one of the best ones we have been in so far. The rooms are spacious, have individual lockers and an ensuite with a very good shower. We are occupying two beds in a four bedder, and pay only around 18€ a night per bed. After we checked in, it was already around 1.30pm, so we headed to our only destination for the day, Schloss Schönbrunn, the former imperial summer residence of the Austrain royal family until they abdicated the throne in 1918.

Unfortunately photography was not allowed in the state rooms within the palace, so I am unable to show any of the 40 rooms we walked around in. The interior of the palace was one of the nicer ones we have seen on the trip so far, and the level of restoration is very high. After about an hour, we finished walking through the 40 rooms and walked around the massive and well manicured gardens which were situated at the rear of the palace building.

View from the Privy Garden.

Under the shade of the trees.

The maze.

View of Schloss Schönbrunn from the garden.

View of Schloss Schönbrunn and the city from the top of the Gloriette (panorama terrace).

The Gloriette.

View of Schloss Schönbrunn from the front.

All in all it was a pretty enjoyable experience at Schloss Schönbrunn, though it did cost 14.90€. I guess welcome back to Western Europe, welcome back to Western European prices as well.

Cool shot of the day.

Today’s pictures here.

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