MSA 2023 Post Tour
BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC TO VIENNA, AUSTRIA
JUNE 4 – 8, 2023
DAY 1, JUNE 4
DEPART BRNO FOR AUSTERLITZ BATTLEFIELD
While I am not a large fan of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Austerlitz Battlefield (only 15 miles from Brno) was the site of one of the most important engagements of the Napoleonic Wars. It was also decisive in that it brought to an end the 1000-year-old Holy Roman Empire founded in the year 800. Following our visit to Austerlitz we will proceed to Český Krumlov where we will overnight.
Napoleon and the Holy Roman Emperor Frances II after the battle,
and Napoleon accepting the surrender of the Austrian Army
Zurin Hill, Napoleon’s headquarters during the battle.
THE CAIRN OF PEACE
Built in 1912, it was Europe’s first Peace Memorial. It was built to honor all victims of the memorable Battle of Austerlitz (December 2, 1805).
The Chapel inside the Cairn
WE WILL OVERNIGHT AT THE HISTORIC FOUR-STAR HOTEL EBERSBACH IN CESKY KRUMLOV
The first part of the city’s name, Český, means “Czech,” and the second part, Krumlov, was derived from a German description of the tight bends in the river. It is one of the most picturesque towns in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the banks of the Vltava River(Moldau in German), the town was built around a 13th-century castle that features Gothic, Late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements and was founded shortly before 1250. Český Krumlov is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact.
Historic Town Center
13th Century Town Square
Church Of Saint Vitus
DAY 2, JUNE 5
CESKY KRUMLOV to MELK, AUSTRIA
After spending the morning in Český Krumlov, we will leave for Melk, Austria. Situated at the point where the river Danube enters the Wachau Valley, the picturesque little town of Melk is best known for its massive Benedictine Abbey, one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria.
Schallaburg Castle, 3 miles from Melk, ranks amongst the most beautiful renaissance castles north of the Alps. The castle’s oldest roots date back to the Middle Ages, examples of which are found in the Romanesque living area and the Gothic Chapel.
Inspired by Italian designs, the central part of the Schallaburg Castle was built in the German renaissance age, beginning around 1540, by the Lowenstein dynasty.
We will overnight in Melk at the Hotels Zur Post and Wachau
Hotel Zur Post
DEPART MELK FOR VIENNA, ARRIVE EARLY AFTERNOON AND CHECK INTO 5-STAR MERIDIAN HOTEL
One of the highlights of Vienna is that anyone interested will be able to see Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Mozart’s famous opera will be performed the evening of June 6 at the State Opera House, which is less than a 10 minute walk from the Le Meridian Hotel. For those who wish to attend the opera, it is recommended that you do not delay in ordering your tickets while they are still available for June 6th. Ticket prices for June 6 range from 15-215 Euros. MORE: https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/season-tickets/detail/event/987014770-le-nozze-di-figaro/
The Vienna State Opera House is a 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival venue that was the first major building on the Ring Road built from 1861 to 1869.
Towards the end of World War II, the opera house was badly damaged by an American bombardment. The auditorium and stage were destroyed with the props for more than 120 operas and 150,000 costumes.
The decision was made to rebuild the opera house as it had been. It was not until 1955, that the Opera House could be reopened. The new auditorium had a capacity of about 2,276, including 567 standing room places.
DAY 4, JUNE 7, FREE DAY
Among the venues you may consider seeing in Vienna are the:
1. Stephansdom St. Stephens Cathedral. 2.5 miles from hotel
2. The Hofburg Complex Museums and Spanish Riding School,
1 mile from hotel
3. The Museum and Town Hall Quarter. 1.75 miles from hotel
4. Schonbrunn Palace and Garden. 3.4 miles from hotel
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ST STEPHENS (STEPHANSDOM) CATHEDRAL - 224 FT SPIRE
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THE HOFBURG 13th CENTURY PALACE COMPLEX OF THE HAPSBURG DYNASTY EXPANDED SEVERAL TIMES
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Town Hall Quarter
FOR A BRIEF PERIOD BETWEEN 1892-1894, VIENNA CITY HALL WAS THE WORLDS TALLEST BUILDING
MAP OF HISTORIC CENTER OF VIENNA
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MAIN SUMMER RESIDENCE OF THE HAPSBURG
THE 1,441-ROOM ROCOCO PALACE IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARCHITECTURAL, CULTURAL, AND HISTORIC MONUMENTS IN AUSTRIA
SCHONBRUNN PALACE AND GARDEN
DAY 5 - JUNE 8
The tour ends on Thursday; hotel checkout time is 12:00 noon.
Should you wish to continue exploring Vienna you may check your baggage in the hotel storage, or you can extend your stay an additional night.
The less expensive method of getting to the airport is using Uber which is cheaper than a taxi. Safe travels home!