|Upper Belvedere Palace|
Before heading out to see the castles, we went up to Kahlenberg, a mountain located in the 19th district of Vienna, for a view of the entire city. Kahlenberg is 484 meters high and lies in the northeastern foothills of the Eastern Alps. The mountain lies in the Vienna Forest (Wienerwald), and was once home to numerous wild pigs (at one point it was actually called Schweinsberg, or Pig Mountain).
|View of Austria from Kahlenberg on a Foggy Morning|
|Schonbrunn Palace from the Front. As is the case with many of the palaces, the Schonbrunn's true beauty lies behind the castle, in the garden.|
|View of the Palace and Garden|
|Palace View from Hill|
The hill up to the Gloriette was very steep (see photo above, looking towards the palace from halfway up the hill). Maria Theresa wanted the Gloriette to be built to glorify the Habsburg Power and the Just War, and to use "otherwise useless stone" left over from the partial demolition of Schloss Neugebaude. Today Gloriette offers a cafe and a beautiful view of Vienna from it's highest point.
|View from the Top of Gloriette: Schonbrunn with the City of Vienna in the Background.|
|Garden overlooking the Lower Belvedere, with the city in the background.|
|Foutain in the Belvedere Garden|
|Looking toward Lower Belvedere|
That evening, we went to the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic) to see the Muncher Symphoniker (Munich Symphony).
After the concert, we took the train back to Stephansplatz for ice cream on our last night in Vienna.
If you're planning a trip to Vienna, the trains are a great way to get around. Our hotel, Hotel Lenas, was directly across the street from the Alser Strasse Station. Hotel Lenas was not a 5-star experience, but it was decent, budget-friendly hotel (I read some negative reviews, but it seems that those reviewers were expecting to receive more than they paid for).