We started our first full day in Vienna at Belvedere Museum which is an art museum housed inside of the Belvedere Palace. Art is not really my thing, but we wanted to go in the palace, so it was time to view some art.
There was a beautiful view of Vienna from the back of the palace, and I did not realize how ]St. Stephen’s towered over the city.
There were several cute young couples taking what I assume to be wedding photos, and the women looked gorgeous in their dresses.
I couldn’t take any pictures of the art in the palace, but the ceilings were spectacular.
I was happy because there were a lot of royal portraits, and some pieces and artists so famous that even I recognized them. They also had several pieces from Gustav Klimt, including The Kiss and Judith and the Head of Holofernes, which were absolutely gorgeous.
We had lunch at the Christmas market in front of the palace. We all went wild for the fried potato tornadoes.
It’s always hard to know exactly how much time you will need in place, and I usually err on the side of allowing more time than I think we will need because I hate to rush people when they are interested in something. We wrapped things up at Belvedere a lot more quickly than I anticipated, and we had a few hours to kill until our next stop, so we rode the tram back up to the Hofburg Palace area to keep looking around there. We started at Maria-Theresien-Platz and there was, conveniently, another Christmas market!
It was such a stately and magnificent area befitting the badass that Maria Theresa was. We enjoyed some gluhwein and did some shopping! The rest of our royal day later today.