VIENNA, AUSTRIA DAY 3
We had a pre-dinner drink at the Club Floor of our hotel. We didn't have the desserts but they looked terrific.
We enjoyed dinner at a restaurant called Liebsteinsky. It specializes in Austrian cuisine.
We had two courses.
As a first course we began with Caesar salad.
For our main course we had Wiener Schnitzel. This was the first time we have had this. The irony is that from time-to-time it is featured on the Crystal Cruises dinner menu but we never tried it. It was accompanied with a tasty Potato Salad. We thought the entree was delicious. It was grilled. We also had grilled vegetables.
Anne Marie had Austrian Wine and Keith Austrian Beer.
We were very pleased with the restaurant and our dinner choices.
We enjoyed another good sleep. The hotel is quiet and the room is very well insulated. We cannot hear and street traffic.
We woke early as we got ready for another fantastic day in Vienna. We had coffee in the room and breakfast at the Club Floor.
We met tour guide Johann at the hotel lobby at 8:30 AM. This time we he drove us to various locations several of which we stopped at.
We visited the Prater which is a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district. It includes The Wurstelprater, which is an Amusement Park. We saw the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel.
We saw the Danube River and stopped at one of the locations which looks like a lake.
Another stop was Hundertwasser Kunstbauwerke. The Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment house in Vienna, Austria, built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina as a co-creator.
We went inside the Belvedere Palace for an extensive visit where Johann explained the paintings and the artists. We also walked the outside grounds. This was used as a Summer Palace
We also visited the Schonbrunn Palace which was also a Summer Palace.
We stopped at other locations along the way and we also saw from the car several other locations. Throughout the tour Johann covered lots of ground and answered all of our questions.
Our last stop was at the Holocaust Memorial. It is called the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial which is also known as the Nameless Library. It is the central memorial for the Austrian victims of the Holocaust.
The Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial also known as the Nameless Library stands in Judenplatz in the first district of Vienna. It is the central memorial for the Austrian victims of the Holocaust and was designed by the British artist Rachel Whiteread. The outside surfaces are cast library shelves turned inside out. The spines of the books face inward and not visible. The shelves hold endless copies of the same edition which stand for the vast number of the victims as well as the concept of the vast number of the victims, as well as the concept of Jews as "People of the Book."
During our tour we learned of the time Hitler lived in Vienna and his desire to become a painter. Who knows how history may have been changed should this have happened and the horrific lost of life which may have been prevented.
Our two days of touring not only provided us with lots of information about Vienna and Austria along with lots that we saw reenforced how much there is to see in Vienna.
Upon our return, we had lunch at the hotel.
After a short visit to our room we went back outside and walked on our own.
The temperature was warmer than yesterday but still on the cool side with the wind.
Anne Marie & Keith