In the morning our plan is to take the metro out to Schonbrunn Palace, but first we make a stop at an internet cafe just below Kartner Ring on Kartnerstrasse 61. It's 2.20 euro for 30 min and you have to pay in advance. If your time runs out, you lose anything you have on the screen, so be careful. For some reason, I could not see thumbnails of my photos so I couldn't post any, even though they do have USB drives. Everything was in German, all websites, keyboards, etc.
We take the Green line, the U4 to Schonbrunn Palace. It's a massive place, and given that it was the Hapsburg "summer homer" there is some repetition with the Hofburg. We tour the apartments with the audio guide (provided with the tickets) and then walk over to the zoo, which is why we really came out here anyway. The zoo has a pair of Giant Pandas (which for some reason fascinate my mother).
The map in the guide does not indicate the zoo entrance and we end up walking much farther than needed though the gardens.
The zoo itself is interesting-it's in the Baroque style and the oldest zoo in the world, founded in 1752. The enclosures aren't as big as I'd like to see for the animals, but they are certainly not the worst. We're fortunate to see the Pandas up and lolling about, eating bamboo. But for me, even better was to be able to get right next to a lounging cheetah who was resting up against a glass window. It's an absolutely magnificent cat, and I just wanted to scratch his head. I do miss my house kitties.
On the way back to the hotel we pass by the famous moving clock:
For dinner, we walk around the city for almost an hour and eventually end up right across the street from the hotel at the 650 year old (yes, it was originally built as an Inn in 1447!) Griechenbeisl. I'm a little skeptical about eating here, and not hugely hungry, but we decide to give it a go anyway.
We are pleasantly surprised. I have a Pilsner Urquell beer, which was introduced to the world here in 1852 and a bowl of "griessnockersuppe". Mom has a nice glass of red wine and perfectly cooked lamb chops which are served with a very tasty potato and leek side dish. With a small bowl of ice cream and tip, dinner was around 50 euro.
Lunch at the Zoo.
Here, Kittty Kitty!
Inside the Palm House.
Yes, it looks like Disneyland, but it's
been there for 650 years!