Home from Vienna
By DaveLevy on Aug 02, 2006
Safely back from my trip to Vienna.
We got a lot in, from the old imperial palaces to the new republic, offices, shops, restaurants, cafes and art. On our way to the Hofburg, (the old city imperial palace and now a museum complex), we passed the Donnerbrun fountain in the Neuer Markt.
The following day we visited the Belvedere, another imperial age palace given over as an Art Museum, where we saw Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" and "Judith I". The Belvedere also has a broad collection of the "Secession" movement artists, but to me one of the more interesting exhibits documents the now missing pictures of "Klimt's Legacy", which after lengthy court actions in the USA & Austria are now in the USA.
After the Belvedere to escape all the imposing, baroque, imperial and classical architecture, we visited the Hundertwasser Houses, ended up at the Prater and rode on the Ferris Wheel where I managed not to mention Cuckoo Clocks.
I also discovered that Starbucks has not taken over in Vienna,where a marvelous coffee, called "Melange" is served and I managed to have some "Sachertorte" in the Hotel Sacher. Very swish!