Day 4 – July 11, 2018 (Wed) – more sightseeing in Vienna

Vienna – July 11
Steps walked: 11,139          Floors climbed: 13 Distance walked: 7.6 km
Details Time Notes
Breakfast at Waterside 8:00 AM
Ship Tour: Exclusive Museum of Fine Arts 9:00 AM
                   & Art Chamber (VIE-05)
arrived at Kunsthistorisches Museum 9:40 AM early opening for
2-hour guided tour with Gabriela, saw Klimt’s artwork Crystal guests
walked to Imperial Treasury to see crowns 11:40 AM
walked to coach 12:20 PM
boarded coach at Albertina 12:30 PM
Lunch at Waterside 1:00 PM
Ship Tour: Imperial Schonbrunn Palace & 2:00 PM guide: Irene
                   Royal Carriage Museum (VIE-04)
self tour of palace grounds (no tour inside) 2:50 PM
Guided tour to Royal Carriage Museum 3:30 PM interesting history
Boarded coach for more city sightseeing 4:30 PM
Back to ship 6:00 PM
Signature Event: Michelin-Star Dining at 7:00 PM upscale and delicious
                Le Ciel by Toni Morwald (VIE-16) excellent service
arrived at Grand Hotel 7:20 PM
finished dinner 9:30 PM
back to ship 9:50 PM

After a restful sleep, we woke up ready to have a full day of sightseeing in Vienna. This was our itinerary for the day:

  1. 9 am – 1 pm     Exclusive Museum of Fine Arts & Art Chamber
  2. 2 – 6:30 pm       Imperial Schonbrunn Palace & Royal Carriage Museum
  3. 7 – 10 pm          Michelin-Star Dining at Le Ciel by Toni Morwald

First we went to breakfast and it was amazingly good. I’ll post some pictures later.

Our 1st stop was the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts). The museum was supposed to open at 10 am but Crystal got priority entry at 9:40 so we could follow the guide and saw many areas before the public. We had to leave our bags in the locker. Photography without flash was permitted. Our tour guide Gabriela (same as yesterday’s tour) was very very good.

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One of the most important works was the Saliera or Salt Cellar by Benvenuto Cellini.

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Another special event at the Kunsthistorisches Museum was the Stairway to Klimt. To remember the artist’s death 100 years ago, there was a temporary elevated platform that brought visitors close to 13 paintings on walls above the museum’s grand staircase.

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Then we moved on to the Imperial Treasury to view 2 very famous imperial crowns. The first one was the Austrian Imperial Crown (the Imperial Orb, Crown, and Sceptre of Austria).

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The second one was the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.

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After we went back to the ship for lunch, we started our afternoon excursion to Schönbrunn Palace and the Royal Carriage Museum at 2 pm. The drive took 20 minutes.

We only visited the outside of the Schönbrunn Palace but the ground was absolutely stunning.

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The Carriage Museum was right next to it.

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We left the palace at 4:30 pm and the driver drove through the city for more sight-seeing before getting back to the ship. I’m so glad that we got to stay for a couple more days after disembarkation so we could see more of Vienna. It’s a wonderful city!

 

 

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