The train was an experience. Precisely at 7:04 pm last evening we left Rome in our very luxurious compartment. We had a couch which made into a queen bed, a closet and a bathroom complete with shower. Only first class for the Walter's on this trip. Down the hall were a couple from Vienna, Gudrun and Fredrick, who had been on holiday in Sorrento. They insisted on sharing their Jagermeister with us so we would sleep well. Once underway our cabin steward brought us sangria and 2 goody bags with slippers and earplugs. For dinner we had 2 lonely hot dogs, a ham and cheese baguette and an excellent bottle of Sicilian syrah.
Richard just had to try the shower which was an adventure. The shower was so small that he had to stick his legs out the door to wash them. Sleep was fitful even with the Jagermeister. In the morning it was a hoot to lay in bed and watch the world go by on this rocking and rolling train.
The Vienna Hauptbahnhof is very large and modern. We found a storage locker for our bags and took the metro to the Vienna State Opera House to get our opera tickets for the night the river cruise stops in Vienna. Of course the opera house just happens to be across the street from the Hotel Sacher and the famous Sacher torte and apple strudel were calling our names.