Budapest to Vienna

4 Dec

This morning we said farewell to Budapest and headed by coach to Vienna via the historic town of Eisenstadt. We toured the Scloss Esterhazy, built originally in 1364. it was the permanent residence of Prince Paul Anton Esterhazy I, a music lover who hired Haydn as deputy kappelmeister in 1761. Haydn taught, performed, and composed here and said of Eisenstadt…”where I wish to live and die.” Pictures include the palace courtyard, a marble figure of an Esterhazy daughter, a turquoise inlaid console, silver service, a pile of unpaid bills, Haydn Hall in the palace, St. Nicholas arriving at the palace by horsedrawn carriage. The elegant restaurant, Henrici, in the background of the St Nick photos, is where we had lunch.

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