Currently, the Schonbrunn Palace is included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. He manages to maintain a perfect balance between quality of its Viennese culture landmark and the vibrant touristic attraction. Not everyone realizes the importance of this place and the possibilities that it offers; the first thought that goes through your head when you see one beautiful and interesting spot is that you can visit it in a few hours. Instead, you get to spend the whole day there and barely manage to see it all. The same thing applies to Schonbrunn Palace. For those of you who are planning a trip to Austria or are already on your way to Vienna, do not miss a visit to Schonbrunn. In today’s article, we will go on depicting other reasons to come visit.
It is easy to become nostalgic and slip into reverie while visiting Schonbrunn, imagining what life the Habsburgs must have had. And although that luxurious lifestyle no longer exists, there were still preserved testimonies of those times. One of these testimonies is riding a horse-drawn carriage. There can be nothing more romantic than sitting comfortably in the buggy and admire the view in the sound made by horses' hooves on the cobblestone alleys, as Maria Theresa used to do.
The Palace Orchestra
The Orangery at Schonbrunn Palace was built to house the oranges and lemons (and other plants) during winter. But soon it became a popular venue of many festivities in the palace. This is an example where musical works of Mozart were performed. Today, talented orchestra of the palace performs many pieces belonging to the famous Austrian composer. If you love music, this is an event that you will definitely love. Tickets are finished in a few hours so the only way you can purchase one it is to book early.
A royal table
In this area there are many places where you can have a good meal, from restaurants around the area of Gloriette to cafes and pubs to near the palace, each offering the perfect antidote in case you get exhausted. The dinner must not be served too late, so you must not miss the opportunity to dine at the palace, with the setting sun behind. If you do not have too much time, skip meals and stop the Bakery Court and make some Viennese apple strudel supplies.
Guaranteed this is not a goal for everyone to visit. But car enthusiasts and kids will fall in love with this unconventional museum. The Carriage Museum (Wagenburg) is located inside the old riding school and it exhibits a selection of imperial carriages, coaches, sleighs and sledges. The exhibits range from imperial coaches with very beautiful ornaments, miniature carriages for young royal offspring, up to a car that was used to carry the last emperor in exile in 1920.
You might expect a small zoo, something created as a caprice of royalty. Instead, the vast Tiergarten is a place where you spend hours. Built in 1750 on the site of a smaller zoo, it aims to accommodate a wide variety of animals - from polar bears and pandas, rhinos and tigers to - all species being housed here according to their background and place of origin. You can spend even more than half an hour in front of the cage panda, waiting for Fu Long – this is his name - to display a smile. But he might have other thoughts; to sit with his back at you, munching a bunch of bamboo leaves nervously.
So far, our journey at Schonbrunn Palace is done, but this is not all of it. Every room, hall, chamber has a lot of visual delights to offer you. They are decorated in the finest styles and each of them is unique and has a story of its own, so besides what I have mentioned here, every corner and every ornament will have something to say to you.
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