Even in a city architecturally splendid as Vienna, the Schonbrunn Palace manages to stand out without much effort. There's not a surprising fact at all, considering that this property, the summer palace of the Habsburg dynasty, was designed to be a fierce rival to Versailles Castle. It was created with overwhelming flamboyance of a successful empire; designed as a statement, as a trophy. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone that the royal family had a weakness for this property and spent a good part of the year here.
We present below the main reasons to make the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna a top priority in your itinerary:
The Habsburgs were very extravagant. A walk along its luxurious halls and chambers, admiring precious works of art, and the history that this place inspires are obvious evidence of its immense value. For those of you passionate about history, you will specifically want to see the rooms where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (Sisi) used to live and rooms that keep some of the special character of Maria Theresa (Maria's mother Antoinette). Every room has authentic furniture and works of art from that period. In addition, numerous guest rooms and lounges for receptions had been open to the public, and also a wonderful gallery decorated in rococo style that abound in white stucco with gold leaf ornaments. For the effect given by the ethereal glamour, this tour is mandatory!
Besides the imposing palace, the park that is surrounding it is an example of extravagance. Numerous walkways and alleys will go in all directions, taking you into the heart of the forest, besides sculpted trees and other specific elements of nature. Despite the crowds, you can always find a quiet place where you can rest under the trees rustling leaves. While you relax in this wonderful oasis of greenery, you will surely be happy to look at parents playing with their children in the maze and other places in the park.
Fountains and particular areas
Can you imagine a park that surrounds a palace that does not have at least one single ostentatious and shiny element? These places are accessorized with Roman ruins and statues of Greek and Roman deities. Everything outside is opulent, just like inside. The most elaborated element of this park is the majestic Fountain of Neptune, located in the foothills, facing the palace. It is a creation that depicts Neptune in a chariot of shells, flanked by nymphs and Thetis, the sea goddess. Around them, strange but imposing mythological creatures are carved in white stone.
The Palm House
It dates from 1880 and is one of the last gardens of its kind in Europe. It was designed to create a favorable environment for the growth of rare and exotic plants and herbs worldwide. The green house is composed of three pavilions, each designed for a particular ecosystem: temperate, tropical and cold.
Gloriette, the splendid architectural work, is guarding the area atop the hill as a baroque tiara, offering a wonderful view of the palace and its surroundings. Built in 1775, Gloriette was a resting place for guests at the palace. Nowadays it has been refurbished and is now a cafe that allows visitors to enjoy the breathtaking views offered by this location.
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