We saw many beautiful and historic buildings in Vienna, Austria, but the Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) was by far the most amazing. Unfortunately, they don’t allow photographs from inside of the palace, so we only have a few outside photos to share with you. They were preparing for yet another Christmas Market on the grounds of the palace, however it wasn’t set to open for another week (which is probably just as well since we went to four other markets).
We did the Grand Tour of the palace, which is an audio tour that takes you through forty of the magnificent rooms within. It was a cold and snowy Saturday, so we think a lot of people had the same idea as us to do something indoors as the lines were horrific as we snaked our way from room to room, but it did not lessen the grandeur of the lavish decorations and furniture. The history of the palace is a little overwhelming and there were a few surprises, such as Marie Antoinette having been the daughter of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, and Empress Maria Theresa and grew up in the palace.
There is no mistaking the similarity between Schönbrunn Palace and Versailles Palace. The palaces share many similarities and are both stunning in their beauty. Schönbrunn means “beautiful spring”, which couldn’t have been further than the weather the day we arrived, so we will definitely plan a return visit someday during the summer when the gardens are in full bloom and perhaps there are some rays of sunshine. We can’t complain about the weather too much, though, it may not have been perfect for sight-seeing, but it did make the Glühwein much more inviting 😀.