We last visited the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace in November 2011, when there was snow covering the ground.
The public can take tours of the Palace.
The grounds are vast, and there are many wonderful gardens to explore. There are cute little squirrels galore running around the grounds, and they are very friendly.
The Palace is a distinctive lemon/yellow colour and is a very very wide/long building (a panoramic photo would be a good choice in order to capture the full size of the Palace).
Schönbrunn Palace is the former summer residence of the imperial family, the Habsburgs. The Habsburgs ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The architecture of the Palace is in the Baroque style.
The land had been in the possession of the Habsburgs since 1569. The wife of Emperor Ferdinand II had a summer residence built there in 1642, which she called "Schönbrunn".
Maria Theresia re-designed a lot of the gardens and structures after 1743.
Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born at the Palace in 1830. He spent his final years entirely in the palace.
Austro-Hungarian Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914, and Europe descended into the First World War shortly thereafter.
The Palace became the property of the new Republic of Austria in 1918. Emperor Charles I signed his abdication of the crown in 1918, marking the end of 640 years of Habsburg rule in Austria, and marked the demise of the monarchy.
Today, the palace is part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage.