My first impression was that it was big. No surprises there. Everything I had read previously indicated size. With the amounts of money rolling in to the Hapsburgs they could afford it.
The monument attracts 1.8 million visitors per annum.
In the 17th century it was destroyed and then rebuilt in rococo style.
Fondest memory: One of the rooms inside that fascinated me due to its insight into daily life was the study where Franz Joseph began work each day at 5 a.m., dictating to the nation.
Simple meals were served to him at his desk and he took his responsibility to the job seriously. "One must work until one drops from exhaustion" was one of his better known sayings.
Personal portraits here show Franz at the age of 33, the time when the Compromise with Hungary was being negotiated, leading to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Though some people rail against using postcards I have to say that on some occasions they are a necessity. Since you can't use your camera in many galleries, how on earth could we show you what to expect?
Pacassi's alterations at the behest of Marie Therese led to The Great Gallery, 40 metres long and 10 metres wide.
The tall windows and crystal mirrors combined with the whilte and gold stucco decoration and the ceiling frescoes combine to form a total work of art, representing one of the finest rococo interiors in Europe.
Fondest memory: This magnificent room was used as the entertaining salon, adorned lavishly in rococo style and looking every part the sort of place where royalty might indulge in a waltz or two.
The frescoed ceiling, the decorative candelabra, the polished wooden floor. Just add a band, some couples and away you go.
Then again, you might want a simple meeting of the minds, such as occurred in this very room in 1961 between President Kennedy and Nikita Krushchev.
Even when I was walking away through the forest, it still beckoned me to take another picture.
It's a standout from the main palace or most places in the garden and was deliberately placed thus.
You can just imagine the Hapsburgs doing some Sunday afternoon entertaining here.
It was designed in 1775 by Hohenburg.
In their present form, the gardens were designed by Louis Gervais and John Jadot, though later additions by Adrian von Stekhoven and Ferdinand von Hohenberg did take place. The inspiration came from Maria Therese and the baroque-styled layout commenced in 1750. It has always been well maintained and, in 1996, was accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing.
This path leads to the famous zoo and the massive Palm House (Palmenhaus) that is the largest of its kind in continental Europe. It was commissioned in 1882 by the then emperor, Franz Josef.
Fondest memory: I recall thinking that it didn't matter which path you took, you were bound to end up with surprises and the only thing I found no delight in was the zoo. I didn't go in because, in walking beside it, I noticed a cage with a massive condor imprisoned. I'm sorry, but I can't help but call to mind all the times I have watched raptors riding the updrafts in Australia, giving me hours of pleasure, and to see them contricted to a few square metres of space is depressing in my eyes.
Najadenbrunnen, or the Naiad Fountain, was where I took this picture.
Fondest memory: The first thing that attracted me was the layer of ice covering half the pond. The ducks were mostly wandering around on it and then one slid into the water. I remember thinking, "How cold is that?" Very b d y cold!
Having said that, I thought the duck was very pretty.
I was entranced. On a side trail where hardly anyone seems to venture (in 20 minutes I was the only one there) I chanced upon a feeding station for the animals.
Brilliantly coloured birds (see intro pages) and squirrels darted hither and thither into the purpose-built boxes for their morsel of food.
Since I'd never seen the type of birds before and only seen squirrels once before I was having a wonderful time. Couldn't believe my luck.
There are some 1.7 million people visit this palace annually and you can certainly add a few thousand more who use the gardens for which there is no fee.
The eclectic mix of visitors is exemplified in this photograph and the high months are July/August while December/January/February will find you with few people to rub elbows with.
The best time for visit is in the summer or autumn when there are colourful landscapes around but however in any time it is monumental place. Schoenbrunn used to be a residence of Empress and Emperor (no wonder) and there is beautiful palace (on the list of The UNESCO World Heritage). Nowadays you will find there everything you should like such as history site, gallery (Orangery), maye for chidlren and for those who are children in their souls, ZOO, cafes, theatres, wonderful parks and museums. Simply, take the one day trip just for Schoenbrunn only. And time to time just sit on the bench and observe life around ... that is true Vienna ...
Opening hours :
1.4. - 30.6. ---> 8.30 am to 5 pm
1.7. - 31.8. ---> 8.30 am to 6 pm
1.9. - 31.10. ---> 8.30 am to 5 pm
1.11. - 31.3. ---> 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Walking towards the palace from the closest train station
you will see this building. Typical thing in Vienna. This is not the best, not the most beuatiful but it was in my way and it was the first one I took a picture of... What's the meaning of that dome at the top? What's inside? Why mosto of the old buildings has it? Why the chicken crossed the rai-road? Why? Why?
Fondest memory: The architeture of the whole city is just marvelous. I was wondering if the Imperial Governenment did not subsidize cost for ornaments and alike in "fachades"... Possible?!
They smiled but they did not answer...
But at least they show -with their fast walking- they way to the main gate of the Summer Palace, a landmark in Vienna and a source of smiles for those who remember the old films with Romy Schenneider
Fondest memory: The fondest is the beer and the girls but I am afraid you are asking for a different kind of fondest...like beers and girls. Never mind.
Fondest memory: It will amazes you how everything here is tidy and neat, up to the smallest flower! Even the trees are shaped to fit the royal standards of that time, nowdays showing their extravagancy and luxurious life style.
Fondest memory: Royal palace at the outskirts of Vienna, famous Schonnbrunn castle, actual residence of king and queen. Todays entire compound is a museum, castle tour includes visit to the park, labyrinth (maze), zoo (not included in basic price), and bakery, where you will taste the most delicious apple cake I have ever tasted in my life!
Favorite thing: The Schönbrunn Palace is the imperial summer residence.The imperial apartments can be viewed throughout the year.It has beatiful and extensive gardens.In the palace you have to visit The great Gallery and Millionenzimmer.The Great Gallery is for balls and receptions.Concerts are given here in the summer.Millionenzimmer,ornately decorated wll panellig of an extremely rare wood.
I'm not really sure where to start with this particular page because I so thoroughly my time an Vienna and can't wait to go back to Austria.
Alas, the must see's for the visitor: the Schloss Schonbrunn, to see the magestic interior, The Hofburg, Stephansdom - a tiled roof like none other, and the Schloss Belvedere to see the works of Gustav Klimt and other important Austrian artists, and the final resting place of the greats: Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms in the Zentralfriedhof,
Fondest memory: Vienna being a city of music, listing to Mozart in the Orangerie was an absolute thrill.
As a person of modest means from Chicago, riding in a taxi that is a Mercedes Benz was also exciting.
The Mirror Room is suitable majestic, with frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Mozart played his first royal concert there at the ripe age of six.