Schönbrunn Palace

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).

One of the Fountains on the Grounds

One of the Fountains on the Grounds

Christmas Tree in the Main Courtyard

Christmas Tree in the Main Courtyard

View from the Stairs at the Palace

View from the Stairs at the Palace

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.

One of the Palace Wings

One of the Palace Wings

Another Fountain

Another Fountain

Looking Down the Stairs

Looking Down the Stairs

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 😀.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Looking from the Stairs

Looking from the Stairs

 

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4 Responses to Schönbrunn Palace

  1. Bea dM says:

    The gardens are a must, make sure you do go back!

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  2. Stella says:

    That’s spring as in water source not season, but it is also lovely at that time of year! You’ve taken me back! In 2001 I arrived in Vienna to carry out a contract spell with Coca-Cola. It was mid-December and I moved in to my apartment that morning, went to the office to sign paperwork and get a security pass, and then spent the evening at the Christmas market in Schoenbrunn. As I walked up the stairs from the underground it started to snow, there was choir signing Christmas songs, and standing in the grounds drinking gluehwein I fell in love with Vienna. Thank you for reminding me of happy times.

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