Hermesvilla and Lainzer Tiergarten

My kids call the Lainzer Tiergarten “Sherwood Forest” and they were so excited to go spend the afternoon there. We also stopped by the Hermesvilla – Sisi’s Castle of Dreams. The Hermesvilla is a little palace that the Emperor Franz Josef built for his wife Elizabeth in the Lainzer Tiergarten, which used to be in…

Dürnstein

I have always wanted to see Dürnstein, a little town outside of Vienna where Richard the Lionheart was captured and held captive after the crusades. I had heard the story and heard it is a beautiful area of Austria, so we headed out early in the morning to check it out. Dürnstein is a very small…

Salzburg – Hellbrunn and Salt Mines

We went out to Hellbrunn, an estate just outside of Salzburg where the archbishop used to bring guests to entertain them on summer days. The best part of Hellbrunn is the trick water fountains in the gardens. We enjoyed a tour of the gardens and the kids loved the fountains. There are beautiful fountains all…

Trip to Salzburg

Oliver has been asking to visit Salzburg since the day he found out Mozart was born there, so a couple weeks ago we decided to plan a trip! We stayed in Salzburg for five days, and lucked out with a pretty great airbnb apartment that was near the train station and just a short walk…

Schönbrunn Children’s Museum with Nana and Grampy

On a nice rainy afternoon during Nana and Grampy’s visit, we went to the Schönbrunn Children’s Museum. It was SO FUN. The kids really loved the museum which is filled with great interactive exhibits. We even had a coupon that we got when we purchased our zoo passes this year! The first exhibit is a fun…

Marionette Theater

I have been wanting to take the kids to see a show at the Marionette Theater at the Schonbrunn ever since we moved here. Our friend Jessica said she had really wanted to go as well, so we headed out to see The Magic Flute. The kids were so excited to go see a “Puppet…

Laxemburg Castle

A few weeks ago we went to check out Laxemburg Castle. It is just outside of Vienna on a lake. Here is a church in the little town of Laxemburg. We couldn’t go inside, but the outside and the surrounding town was very beautiful to walk around. On the castle grounds, we stopped by a…

Vienna Philharmonic Free Concert

These pictures are from June. I kept waiting until we had the video we took to upload, but that just kept being put off… so finally, we decided to go on a date since we haven’t done that in awhile, and when the new baby comes that will just make it even more difficult to…

Family Pictures

We have been wanting to take family pictures for awhile now, so when the weather was sunny for a few weeks we got the kids ready in their cute Austrian clothes, and headed over to the Schonbrunn to take some pics! The funny thing about our kids is that they love looking at cameras that…

Exploring Friesach

We stayed for 2 days in the town of Friesach for a medieval festival, which we also went to last year called the Friesach Spectaculum. Our friend who was one of the missionaries here in Vienna came to visit with his Mom. Here you can see Coby Vail with both Oliver and Elora. Oliver didn’t…

Hochosterwitz with Grandma

We visited the amazing castle of Hochosterwitz last year (pictures of the outside of Hochosterwitz here) and really enjoyed it. Since it was in the neighborhood of Friesach, we decided to let the kids show Grandma around. The post from last year, which is linked above has some more of the historical facts and legends…

Palais Liechtenstein

Some of Chris’ classes were in the Palais Liechtenstein – must be nice to go to school in a palace. The palace is also home to an art museum, and Chris has been wanting to go for awhile. There is also a really awesome park on the grounds. So off we went to the art…