Favorite thing Yes, this is just an attempt to put a bit of your classical Roman touch into the gardens, albeit with that Greek influence.
Northern Europe's, and I suspect most people's, fondness for the classical lines is the reason behind the sculptures and "ruins" located around the middle of the gardens.
Favorite thing Check out the Schloss Schönbrunn. It is very beautiful and the gardens are really pretty. It's a nice place to stop for lunch too.
Self guided tours of the rooms costed AS90 (22 rooms) or AS120 (40 rooms) when we were there. It includes a personal audio guide.
Fondest memory This photo was taken in Schonbrunn Palace !
This is a touristy area in Vienna !
I felt real good being there as it was one place that I should see with my own eyes !
I couldn't take photos inside the palace & people were moving slowly, Q-ing in line !
Fondest memory When I was staying with Joe, he also took me to Schloss Schonbrunn !
The photo was taken by Joe in the garden in the Palace !
this is a beautiful garden set in French styles.
It is a must visit if you are in Vienna !
Favorite thing 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.
Favorite thing 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.
Fondest memory 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.
Favorite thing 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.
Favorite thing 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.
Fondest memory 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.
Favorite thing 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.
Favorite thing 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