My cousin, Susanne, came from Switzerland to visit me over Spring Break. We had a great time together, touring Vienna and Bratislava and catching up on life. Here we pose with Schonbrunn Palace in the background, which was the summer home of Austria's ruling family, the Hapsburgs.
One day Susanne and I toured Stephansdom Cathedral and climbed 300+ steps up the south tower to an observation deck. The view of Vienna was spectacular! We also took a tour of the catacombs underneath the cathedral, where some of Austria's bishops and black plague victims rest, along with organs from the Hapsburg rulers.
Another day, Susanne and I took a day trip to Bratislava, which is one hour away from Vienna by train. It was a cold and windy day, and we found that many of the historical attractions were closed for renovations, but these smiles on our faces are evidence that we had fun being together and exploring the city. Behind us is the Bratislava castle.