She took us on a walk through the Hofburg Palace, showing us where the Vienna Boys' Choir practices and stopping on the way out at Albertinplatz to see the Holocaust Memorial and the Hotel Sacher, original home of the infamous Sacher Torte (we'll get into that more, later). Though not quite so knowledgeable and thorough as some of our other guides were on this trip, she did a decent job on this Vienna walk.
|Views from the grounds of the Hofburg|
|The Burgkapelle, home of the Vienna Boys Choir|
|Updated picture of our Contiki group, outside the Albertina Museum|
|Victims of the War/Holocaust Memorial|
|Hotel Sacher/Cafe Mozart|
|Steve at the Stephansdom! Too bad it was under so much construction :-/|
|Inside the Stephansdom|
With our bellies full of sausage (and Steve full of sausage and beer), we decided that we were ready for the Viennese afternoon pick me up - coffee and cake! Kiwi Katie had talked up the Cafe Sacher, but we decided on the Mozart Cafe - also part of the Hotel Sacher. Personally the Sacher Torte - a sort of dark chocolate, heavy cake with apricot jam/preserves in it - didn't appeal to me at all. Instead, I ordered the Esterhazy Torte. I'm glad I did, because Natalie C ordered the Sacher Torte and it was as gross as it sounded. However, my Esterhazy Torte was delicious! We kicked back and enjoyed our coffee and cakes for a good hour before our Spanish Riding School tour, and it was blissful.
|Esterhazy Torte - chocolate buttercream and spongecake|
|Enjoying our Viennese coffees at the Mozart Cafe|
|Fischer Family Schnapps Distillery & Museum|
Most of our Contiki group was heading to a classical music concert that evening, but because we were "Ditchers" (on this tour) we'd decided to do our own thing. This at least gave us more time to freshen up for dinner and choose our own place to eat, so stay tuned for more info on another great meal and our attempt to party it up, Viennese style!