Our last day was another fun-filled packed day. We traveled from our Stekle castle back to Vienna, arriving around noon. Tom and I dropped our bags in our room and immediately headed out to the Belvedere district to visit the Belvedere palace art museum.
We we were not disappointed in our hour walk that it took to get there as the museum held masterpieces from the medieval area to the early 1900s.
Although the the majority were artworks and artists from Austria, we also saw impressionist masters such as Renoir, Manet, and Monet and expressionist Van Gogh. But the real surprise was David's neoclassic masterpiece Napolean Crossing the Alps! It is huge and every bit as majestic as one would imagine This ruler was in real life. See more.
We got a bit off-track on our way back to the hotel and ran into fellow travelers Maddie and Andrew who were equally lost, so we wandered around together when the men actually decided their GPS and map-reading skills needed a bit of help when we ended up at the wrong Hilton. Much to Maddie's and my surprise, they actually asked for help! Our getting temporarily lost did give us the chance to see the hotel we were originally scheduled to stay in. Our substitute was much better!
Then the evening was magical with another palace experience. We had dinner and then an evening of classical music teamed with ballet and operatic performances in the music hall of the Auersperg's former home.