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Austria: Schönbrunn Palace

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Schönbrunn Palace | Austria | Europe

[Visited: May 2004]

Vienna is a city with a lot of green places, parks, squares, and it will not easily stress you. Yet, it is nice to know that there are places to retreat from the city, to enjoy silence. One of the best places to do so is definitely Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens. The Palace was once, in imperial times, supposed to rival Versailles, but since 1918 it has been property of the Austrian republic. The last emperor spent his last years in this palace. It is in this palace that Mozart performed for the Empress and her guests, only 6 years old. It is possible to visit less than 40 of the more than 1440 rooms of this Baroque masterpiece which was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Fountain in Schönbrunn Park with palace in the background

When I arrived at the palace, the weather was so great I decided to stay outside and walk around the palace gardens. It was spring, flowers were blooming everywhere, and I did not regret this choice. Walking around the palace, I found lanes with carefully trimmed trees and hedges, colourful flower beds, views towards both the palace, the Gloriette building, and the Vienna skyline. I discovered small fountains in corners of the park, a hidden tower (the Small Glorietta), small paths to go from one side to the other.

Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Hedges in Schönbrunn park, Vienna

There is a labyrinth for the smaller visitors, there is a Japanese garden, a rose garden (I was too early to see the roses unfortunately), and a hothouse for tropical plants and trees. On the many benches, people coming from outside the park, enjoying it in their lunchtime, older people thinking about years gone by, young couples looking for a place to be alone. A group of schoolchildren lining up for entering the zoo in one corner of the park. Time for a last sniff of the flower's perfumes, the park's silence, before walking out one of the gates.

Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Schönbrunn palace: sculpture and fountain with palace in the background
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Entrance of Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Foutain at entrance of Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Fountain of Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Small Glorietta, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Glorietta in Schönbrunn Palace park, Vienna
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Neptune fountain, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): House in Schönbrunn Palace gardens, overgrown by wistaria
Picture of Schönbrunn Palace (Austria): Hothouse of Schönbrunn Palace gardens, Vienna

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