"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Sioux under General
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I included a Danube River cruise as part of my tour, and was totally disappointed. We spent a good 45 minutes of the two hour trip in a lock, waiting for the filling & draining; interesting to see but a waste of my time, I wanted to see the sights. Plus the route the boat went on was through the industrial area, not one ‘schloss’ to be seen. I got off at a stop off point halfway into the trip and went walking instead. 

Near to where I got off was the Frans von Assisi Kirche (Francis of Assisi Church). A stunning place that, from the outside, looked like it was straight out of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Inside was just as beautiful. Also known as the Kaiser Jubilee Church and the Mexico Church, is a Basilica-style Catholic church in Vienna, Austria. Built between 1898 and 1910, it was consecrated in 1913. The construction of the church celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.


A competition was held to select the design and was won by architect Victor Luntz. The four-bay, basilica-like brick building was intended as a garrison church; designed in the Rhenish-Romanesque style, its three red-tiled towers are visible several kilometres away. The church, which is directly situated near the Danube, is now home to the Vienna English Speaking Catholic Community (VESCC) who have held weekly masses at the church since moving there in 2009. I spent a fair amount of time at the church and two palaces so didn’t get much time at other venues.


Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950’s

it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. It is also now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 


Within the gardens of the Palace is a gloriette – a building in a garden, erected on a site that is elevated with respect to the surroundings. The structural execution and shape can vary greatly, often in the form of a pavilion or tempietto, more or less open on the sides.


The largest and probably most well-known gloriette is in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden in Vienna. Built in 1775 as a “temple of renown” to serve as both a focal point and a lookout point for the garden, it was used as a dining hall and festival hall as well as a breakfast room for emperor Franz Joseph I. 


The dining hall, which was used up until the end of the monarchy, today has a café in it, and on the roof an observation platform overlooks Vienna. The Gloriette was destroyed in the Second World War, but had already been restored by 1947. Further restoration work was carried out again in 1995. 

The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the third district of the city, on the south-eastern edge of its centre. It houses the Belvedere museum.


The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The Belvedere was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, which at the time was both the imperial capitaland home to the ruling Habsburg dynasty. This period of prosperity followed on from the commander-in-chief Prince Eugene of Savoy’s successful conclusion of a series of wars against the Ottoman Empire. 

And then it was time to head for a beer, some dinner and the hotel. Vienna was fab, albeit a very short stay.



Next on my list was Hungary. My brother has been living there for many years, and I had not yet met my 4 year old niece, so a visit was definitely in order.




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One response to “Vienna – part 2 – the city of dreams”

  1. Pauline Smith says:

    LOL – was the duck waiting for a lift??
    Patience my dear, things don’t go as fast as what they do here in South Africa !! Shew, that water is dirty or is it because it’s been disturbed?
    Your pictures and history lessons are so interesting, I have to ready them over at least 3 times.
    Enjoy the rest of your time in Vienna and hope Hungary pans out okay for you.

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