The Sachertorte (Sacher Cake) at the
Hotel Sacher is legendary
In Vienna, the boat is moored quite far out of town, however, the metro is quite accessible and an easy trip in, with Prater Park on the way. If you need internet access, there is a shop before you reach the metro and it only costs 1 Euro for 30 minutes compared to a ridiculous price on the boat. This morning's city tour and free time allows you about three hours in the city before the visit to Schönbrunn Palace. Vienna was in preparation for Mozart's 250th birthday celeration and there was scaffolding everywhere.
The "Riesenrand" (Giant Wheel)
at Prater Park, Vienna
As we've been to Schönbrunn Palace a couple of times before, we chose to stay in town to take snaps and then to enjoy some Sachertorte at the Hotel Sacher. I think I prefer my chocolate mudcakes from home but Tony prefers the darker chocolate.
Vienna claims to be the capital of classical music and the Viennese take this quite seriously. But not all the time: check out the kitsch Opera Toilet in the vicinity of the Opera House (see our Vienna Opera House album) where classical music plays as you're pleasurably relieving yourself.
The Mozart and Strauss concert
at the Vienna Kursalon
This evening, the optional was a Mozart and Strauss Concert at the Vienna Kursalon. These performances are put on for tour groups and although the recitals were good, the place lacks the atmosphere of a true concert hall. The price of the ticket includes a drink at interval time.
If classical music is not your cup of tea, and you prefer having dinner at a local restaurant, the Marchfelderhof (photos) is a very unusual and interesting restaurant. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte dined here in 1809. It's quite a way out of town and it would be wise to get your tour director to try and organize this for you in advance.
After the concert, you return to the ship by coach and in the evening leave Vienna for Bratislava.