Pouring rain lead to a slow start of day two but Brian and I managed to accomplish almost everything on our list… Albeit a bit wet. Â SchÃ¶nbrunn Palace was stop number one, this was originally a hunting “lodge” for the Hapsburg family.
We’ve been to a few palaces now but this one was especially cool because all of the furnishings were still in place from the early 1700s. Â Although the audioguide was very informative we both wished we had retained a bit more information from our European history classes in high school.
After our tour of the 40 rooms we headed out to the Gloriette and the gardens. Â As it started to rain again we trudged a quarter mile uphill to the UNSECO site – and it was worth it. Â Although our first impressions were marred by the heavy mist that covered the valley and grounds, we found the cafe inside the building to be quite charming with its delicious goulash soup. Â When we stepped outside after our meal we found the sun shining and the view drastically improved.
The tour of the grounds also included a labyrinth and maze where we jumped over puddles while searching for the exit. It was fun to imagine the little princes and princesses playing tag here; it seemed like a very cool place to grow up.
After the palace we headed off to Ã–sterreicher im MAK for dinner. Â This restaurant wasn’t in a guidebook, but in an online blog of expatriots living in Vienna and led us to the best schnitzel we have had yet. Â We also tried beef tartare for the first time – super delicious with an avocado foam.
We just happened to check out Porgy and Bess’s Jazz Club on a day when they were having a free street concert, we grabbed a beer and joined the throng of people swaying to the music.
Even though it rained off and on the whole day we had a wonderful time. Â I am so lucky to have a husband who, not only doesn’t complain about silly things like rain, but has fun despite the weather.