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We toured the Opera House and Schonbrunn Palace

                   

ABOVE and BELOW - The Opera House

The Vienna State Opera is indisputably one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

                   

Built in 1869 to plans by architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll,

and reopened in 1955 following its devastation in World War II,

 it offers its international audiences top-caliber music theater on some 300 days a year.

                   

We toured the entrance foyer, grand staircase, tea salon, marble hall, Schwind foyer,

Gustav Mahler room and the auditorium as well as backstage.

                   

ABOVE and BELOW -  Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Hof) and Gardens

                   

Schönbrunn Palace is a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria's most-visited sight.

The baroque work of art consisting of palace and gardens was for centuries

the property of the Habsburgs and is today largely in its original condition.

                   

This palace covers more than 120 acres of land. The former Imperial country residence was one

of the most glorious palaces in the Habsburg lands. In 1726 it was acquired by the

legendary general Prince Eugene of Savoy who had it completely redesigned.