I had come here as a tourist in August 1962 and a second time on business in June 1965 so this was my third visit to the seat of the great Habsburg Dynasty whose decisions shaped European history from the 13th to the 20th centuries.
I was just travelling through on my way to Liechtenstein but I could not resist stopping for another look at some of Vienna's great sites.
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Central part of the front (north side) of the 1440 room 18th century Schonbrunn Castle.
Not only is the Schonbrunn Castle huge but its gardens are positively enormous as you can see from this picture of a part of the south garden with its Glorietta in the distance.
Here is a small part of the west garden behind the castle.
Another part of the west garden with a fountain. Note how precisely the trees have been trimmed on either side of the alley.
Another one of Vienna's great landmarks is the Belvedere Palace of which the south side is shown here.
That's me with a female sphinx with a view on the north garden of the Belvedere Palace. Below, a photo taken here in September 1962, 35 years ago!
This urbane pedestrian Karnter strasse is well located in the center of Vienna and allows a pleasant stroll from the Opera to the famous St.Stephen's Cathedral.
Below, this ageless lady and this very good Russian group were the best of several performers on this busy promenade.
The beautiful Stepfansdom has to be photographed from the air. It could possibly be taken from the ground with a fisheye or a very wide angle lens but the distortion would be extreme.
Below, St Peters Church on Graben strasse and a view of Kohlmarkt pedestrian street.