This morning I was greeted with a gorgeous view of the Vienna skyline and an endless parade of swans floating past my window. I opened my balcony door to let in the morning breeze and listen to the water lapping against the side of our ship while I got ready for the day.
Our first stop of the day was at the hedge labyrinth in the gardens at Shonbrunn Palace. We had a great time getting lost and trying to find out way out. The kids were awarded a prize by one of our tour directors when they reached the end!
The palace gardens are absolutely breath taking. I took much more detailed pictures of it last year, click HERE to get a peek at those pics.
After a short visit through the palace, we only visited a couple of rooms so the littles didn't get too restless, but I would have liked to have seen more of that gorgeous place, we had a special surprise. We got to see a private marionette showing of the Magic Flute. The set and costumes were amazing! I wish we were allowed to take pictures during the performance, but to make up for any inconvenience we got a backstage tour after the play!
When it was time to say goodbye to the grounds of Shonbrunn, Dad and I were excited to take the Burtons to the Mozart Cafe for lunch! Review our experience there last year HERE. We had a very traditional Austrian lunch of bratwurst, weiner schnitzel, with sachertorte and apple strudel for dessert.
After lunch, we strolled through the town and did some souvenir shopping. I bought this cute little gift for myself, we are headed to that cute, old fashioned farris wheel tomorrow night. But tonight, we have our fancy dinner at a beautiful palace. Pictures from that memorable experience are up next!