We were all so tired, that we slept deeply, and were refreshed despite some bright spark having a firework display during the night. We breakfasted on the roof terrace – needed a bit of tlc I think. The semmels were huge, but no fruit juice but squash and no fresh fruit.
Off to Schonbrunn, this time perfectly leaving Stef to navigate, we piled out of the station with a walk of at least 500 m to the Schloss, what an inconvenience!!!! We queued briefly for tickets, some clever spark has put a restaurant right by the ticket office nice trick! I don’t buy unto all this Sissi adoration in Austria, so we just had the basic tour, which had a start time for the tour. So we went for a wander in the gardens, magnificent wells and fountains everywhere, lots of follies meant to look Roman but all made up! A lot of local people were running and walking around the grounds- wonderful, that’s how it should be.
We went for the tour, but there were so many tour groups it was impossible to really see the rooms, a lot of which were empty state rooms with occasional chairs, and a lot of gloomy Romantic pictures. And of course, having been spoilt by the National Trust in the UK, we expected to see more of the behind stairs stuff, and didn’t, different cultures of course.
We snacked in the gardens and then went to the Maze, of course the daughter got to the middle first and laughed at the stupids being so slow! We gave the zoo a miss – after all, Zoos, art galleries, museums are the same the world over, so we chose just the particularly Austrian stuff.
We then walked up to the Gloriette at the top of the hill looking back at the Palace. I read that there was a proposal to have a ski competition there. despite the snow melting we wondered how they would miss the fountain! It really is worth a visit, but if I hd chosen I would go late or early in the season to avoid the crowds, August doesn’t bear thinking about
We then did the Prince’s gardens and were creased. A hot day, dust and a lot of miles we had walked. We didn’t even get to the Strudel experience which was on the ticket. Still the restaurant we collapsed in sprayed a lovely cooling mist on us as we sweltered. Back on the train to the hotel, we ate early then went for a walk around the area.
Quite close to the Hotel, just by going down one backstreet, we were in the residential area and the sports field and mini golf.
It was just nice on such a hot evening to have glances into inner courtyards on the blocks and see people enjoying the weather, sitting at tables having a beer, enjoying life.
Nevertheless, we were all exhausted, so much on foot and the heat. Much needed sleep.