Friday, January 15, 2016

Great Rivers of Europe - 12

Hi, This is my final post covering the trip Ruthe and I took last spring to Germany and Austria.

While traversing our final stretch on the Danube we encountered this very modern bridge.

In contrast to the modern bridge was this very old river steamer (above and below).

The ship provided a walking tour through Vienna giving us an opportunity to photograph some street scenes (above and two below).

Horse drawn carriages are very popular.

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna (above and below).

The day we visited was a religious holiday so there was a mass underway in the cathedral.  Still, we were allowed to take photos.

The area surrounding the cathedral is a pedestrian mall.  The tour guide gave us some free time so I wandered about.  Here are a few of the photos I took (above and four below).

We continued our walking tour past Prunskaal State Hall (The Austrian National Library),

and the Spanish Riding School.  As this was a holiday there would be no practice to observe so we were limited to seeing the Lipizzaner Stallions in their stalls (above and below), and

Hoffberg Wien, the former imperial palace (above and below).

The end of our walk passed through the Volksgarten.  We could see the Natural History Museum and

this cathedral.

Just before exiting the Volksgarten we stopped at this statue of Elisabeth, a former Empress of the Austro Hungarian Empire.

This was a great trip which we really enjoyed.  Thanks for looking.

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