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Vienna Day 3


On Saturday I got my act together and focused on sightseeing. The Schönbrunn Palace was my first stop where I went on the Grand Tour


I took the metro back to the city centre and visited Hofburg. 


The Sissi Museum was my favourite part because it was all about Empress Elisabeth of Austria. As a child I had watched the Sissi trilogy with Romy Schneider so many times and I was intrigued to find out more about her. 

I discovered that she was an extremely beautiful woman who was leading a very tormented life and she suffered from social phobia. Not ideal when you are supposed to be an Empress. It was also interesting to learn about her exercise and diet regime. Every day she worked very hard to maintain a weight of 50 kg (110 lbs) and a waist of 50 cm (20 inches), even after four pregnancies. She even had a mini private gym in her rooms. 

Another extraordinary fact was that she had ankle length hair that required daily grooming for three hours during which she would be reading or studying foreign languages with a tutor. Who would nowadays accept such a daily hair routine?



Just like Empress Sissi, I am also currently watching my weight but I could not pass out on the opportunity of having a piece of Sacher cake at the Hotel Sacher. 


I had a late lunch: prawn salad, followed by the famous cake and a Schokoccino. 


I really enjoyed the cake but what I didn't like so much was that it is a tourist attraction. You need to queue, in order to get in. 99 percent of the customers will be sitting there eating the Sacher cake. While I was having the prawn salad, I almost felt a bit out of place because no one was having a regular meal. 

I was also grossed off by tourists from a certain continent who sitting next to me. I almost told them off. Sorry, but it is not okay to come to Europe, chew loudly with your mouth open and then burp when you're done. As Countess Luann would say sing: 'Money can't buy you class'. You may have enough cash to buy up the whole stock of Louis Vuitton on the Champs-Elysées if it wasn't for the restriction but apparently you haven't heard about basic European manners. On second thought... maybe they thought that because I look Asian, I didn't mind their behaviour. And they were wondering why I wasn't chewing with my mouth open and burping? Anywhoo... 


I will share with you my final Vienna post tomorrow and then it's back to Lux life. 

Related posts:
Vienna Day 1
Vienna Day 2
Vienna Day 4

26 comments

  1. Absolutely amazing pictures again. It looks like you had such a wonderful trip.

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  2. Stunning shots - would love to visit. The little squirrel is adorable x

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  3. Wow! Stunning palace & that cake looks like the perfect post sightseeing treat!
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  4. Love all the pictures! By the way, when my mother and I went to the Sacher Hotel for a cake we had to queue too. And I remeber that everyone was having nothing but the cake indeed :D I know what kind of touritst you're talking about. I had the same situation in the train when travelling from Florence to Bologna last year. And also noticed that before. I think it's a part of their culture, it is kind of annoying though.

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  5. Sacher cake cannot make you fat, it's a fact:) I don't really remember Sissi's story, bu the museum sounds very exciting!

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  6. Sachertorte is my ever fav, you remind I havent one from ages. The Palace is breathtaking. Also would love to visit the museum about the Empress Sissy, I saw the trilogy too when I was a children and loved her. I remember from the history she was so careful about beauty, wight and fitness. Lol for that kind of tourists..Im Italian..I get you so well!:P Kisses! xo

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  7. These are the type of posts I like: more than pictures, the history behind them and your impressions on what you've experienced. I remember going to the palace, but no the museum (it's all a blur now anyway, I went there in 2006 and after these posts I wonder whether I should consider a weekend in Wien..but I digress!). I was aware Sissi suffered from social phobia but didn't know about her struggles with her body image - 50cm waist, wow.

    I also queued to go in the Sacher but didn't have the cake as I don't really like chocolaty cake/tarts/etc. Similar situations like the one you described always happen in iconic places; lots of tourists that end up having locals not wanting to visit said places, and same tourists behaving in erratic annoying ways.

    Sorry to pry, but where are you from originally? I know you live in Luxembourg, but you've mentioned Russia several times before, and to my knowledge you also speak Russian? No hard feelings if you prefer not to comment on this!

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  8. The Schönbrunn Palace is truly amazing and how I love its zoo! :)

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  9. It looks beautiful there and everything is so breathtaking.

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  10. Wow Vienna must be an amazing city!
    xoxo

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  11. Great photos.=) Vienna is a lovely city.

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  12. Vienna looks like such a beautiful place!! (hehe I love the squirrel pic!)
    I really like how you put the history of the place in your post. I find it so sad that The empress had issues with body image. It's hard to believe that these issues occured even in the past!
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  13. What a beautiful palace! And Empress Sissi is such an intriguing character. I can imagine having hair that long!!

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  14. The palace looks so beautiful, and the details are all so ornate!

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  15. Wow, such beautiful photos! I especially like the fountains. I would have been grossed out by those tourists too. Why act that way when traveling? You'd think they would have wanted to represent their country in the best light.

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  16. Magnificent! It's really embarrassing (instead of them) and annoying to see tourists acting without manners in foreign countries, if I would see the people from my country doing these things I would feel like burying my face out of shame.

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  17. OMG how beautiful, this palace has also been on my wishlist but your photos, seriously are so wonderful! Better than anything else I've seen pictured!

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  18. I would love to visit the Palace. It is huge! I would love to try the cake and your coffee too. Amazing trip.

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  19. I will not forget about eating that cake when I find myself in that place. Hehehe. :3

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  20. I was wondering when you were going to show us the sachertorte! I have eaten it before but would of course like to enjoy it at the Hotel Sacher. I think those tourists would have spoilt the experience for me too. Stunning photos as usual and I enjoyed reading about the Empress too. Always a pleasure to read your travel posts!

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  21. Sounds like Sissi was indeed a really interesting person!
    xx

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  22. The Countess Luann quote made me laugh so much! x

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  23. Looks like a day full of experiences and history! The cake looks delicious and so does the salad! xoxo ES

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  24. Sacher torte mmmmmmm yummy!

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  25. stunning photos! I've always wanted to visit the Schonnbrunn Palace. I went to a concert once in Toronto when they created a large replica of it..I hope to visit the real thing someday.

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