Day Five: Vienna, Austria & Schonbrunn Palace
I have a theory about college campus visits that applies to vacations, too: the weather can have outsized influence on your impression. We were used to the idea that traveling on a river means that fog is frequent (see Gottweig Abbey photos for reference).
We started our dreary Sunday morning with a walking tour of Vienna and, to be fair, let's just say that the "lighting was unforgiving." It was interesting to walk around the main plaza for a bit, but that was all.
The sun broke out in the afternoon in time for our visit to Schonbrunn Palace. This was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, where Francis I and Maria Theresa raised their 16 children during the 1700s, including Maria Antonia, who would later be known as Marie Antoinette. Seeing the beauty of Schonbrunn helps one understand the opulence of the palace she had built at Versailles.
And we all know how that turned out!