Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lazy Day in Laxenburg

We've slipped into a routine of "day tripping" after Sunday Mass.  Today we went to Laxenburg Schlosspark.  The town is about 25 minutes south of Vienna and a perfect place to wander around on a sunny day.  Established in the 13th century, the castles and surrounding park area ultimately became a favorite Spring and Summer refuge for the Imperial Hapsburgs.  We wandered out to Franzensburg, a replica of a medieval castle built by Franz II (the last Holy Roman Emperor) and finished in the year of his death, 1835.  After their 1854 wedding, Emperor Franz Joseph and Elizabeth (Sisi) spent their honeymoon in Laxenburg and their son crown prince Rudolf was born here.  Today, it is well worth the 2 Euro entrance fee (kids under 14 free) to wander the grounds and take in the scenery.   Although the museums were closed, there was steady line of traffic on the streets of the small village.  We walked the park, checked out the baroque cathedral and ended up at Gallo Rosso for some decent pizza and vino.  
A lazy day for all.

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