Vienna is a city of music. The most famous local sons are Johann Strauss and his son. There is statue of Johann Strauss at Stadtpark - which is across the street from Hilton Vienna where I stayed.
There are many musical venues such as Staatoper or Wiener Musikverein home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra..known across the world for the annual widely broadcast "New Year's Day Concert". At historical city center there are many sales person wearing classical uniforms selling tickets to concerts for mostly Mozart and Strauss musics.
I went to a small concert with a few fellow conference attendees the last night I was at Vienna. The concert was kind of combined performance of music, Waltz dancing, opera. It was entertaining. It would have been a regret if I had not gone to one of the concerts.
|Opera and Waltz Dancing are also a part of the performance|
|a night at Vienna|
When I first looked at the map of Vienna, Danube River was prominent in the map passes through the center of Vienna. I intended to visit the Danube river in person but only got chance to pass it twice on a hop-on-hop-off tour bus. On the last day I walked to the Danube Canal - which cut through downtown.
|Danube River on a cloudy day|
In addition Schonnbrunn, there are many other palaces in Vienna. The other one I visited was Belvedere Palace on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Since I visited Schonbrunn earlier, I did not spend time to see the inside of the palace but only its exterior.
|Close view of the building|
|Belvedere Palace Garden|
The building in the following picture is the city hall. The park in the picture is "hero's plaza" - which is surround by a few big historical buildings
|Vienna City Hall|
|Vienna street Scene|
Overall, Vienna is a beautiful and orderly city, I would not hesitate to visit it again when I have chance.