Belvedere palace front
Belvedere palace view of the city
Oct. 25. Since we had already spend a day and a half here at the beginning of this trip, we slept in and didn't leave the hotel until around 10. We had two objectives in mind: the Belvedere palace and a tour of the Opera House.
The Belvedere palace was only about a 15 minute walk from our hotel. This palace is one of the best examples of baroque architecture in Europe. The upper palace is more visited than the lower palace and hosts mainly Austrian artists, namely Gustav Klimt, whose famous painting 'the Kiss' was on display.
Lower palace- we did not go through. Egon Schiele works were on display here.
Ellen in front of the beautiful fountain
Standing in front of the entry
It started out a little cold but soon warmed up
The Kiss by Klimt-
And my favorite of Klimt's - Judith
Another great view looking out the windows of the palace.
A bronze 'The Simpleton' by Messerschmidt
Another Van Gogh and Monet
After this museum we walked to the Opera House and took a guided tour. This concert hall holds 2200 people, has an opera or ballet class every night, and prices range from €3 to over €200 (euros). There is a different opera every night because the opera singers cannot sing two or three nights in a row. There are no microphones in the concert hall.
Stage hands getting ready for next concert
While we were there they brought up the orchestra pit. Some concerts have over 90 musicians.
When we returned to the hotel this cool band was playing in the bar area.
As a group, we went to a private Viennese concert in a small auditorium. There were 8 musicians and 2 singers. This was held in the Theater Museum.
We were served a glass of champagne and outside the reception area was this old swing set.
Our friends Negash and Gladys from Perth, Australia
It may look like a small group but their sound was wonderful.
This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.