Greetings from Austria

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Another postcard from Natalia from Poland and her Austrian boyfriend Lucas. Oh, and the card was apparently written by Jon Snow. 😛

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Vienna U-Bahn

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This card I bought for myself when I was in Vienna a couple of years ago. My friend Michaela was joking that I’ve spent half my stay there in the U-bahn, so when we saw this card we thought it would be the perfect memory to take home. 😀

The Vienna U-Bahn is the rapid transit (metro) system for Vienna. The first section of the modern U-Bahn opened on 8 May 1976. Before the October 2013 opening of the 4.2 kilometres, 3 station extension of the U2 line, the five line U-Bahn network consisted of 74.6 kilometres of route, serving 101 stations. It is the backbone of one of the best performing public transport systems worldwide according to UITP (International Association of Public Transport) in June 2009. More than 1.3 million passengers rode the Vienna U-Bahn every day in 2009, and 534.4 million passengers utilized the U-Bahn in 2010. The network is undergoing expansion.

Schönbrunn Palace

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My first Austrian card that was actually mailed comes from Nina. 🙂

Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. UNESCO catalogued Schönbrunn Palace on the World Heritage List in 1996, together with its gardens, as a remarkable Baroque ensemble and example of synthesis of the arts .

When I visited the palace I didn’t have the chance to go inside but I can vouch that its gardens are the most beautiful thing in Vienna. 🙂