from the garden you have a nice view of the Maria Hietzing church
but we prefer an old-fashioned fiaker, horse and driver included
inside many rooms have nicely decorated ceilings
this is the easterly Ehrenbronnen fountain
the courtyard sports two fountains
you can take the train for a tour to the gardens
palace sports 1441 rooms and a large garden stuffed with many interesting sculptures and fountains.
It all started in
1569 as a royal hunting and playing ground for the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II
named Schönbrunn provided
fresh water for the thirsty hunters and their entourage.
Schönbrunn Palace as we know it today was built in the 1750's
and 60's during the reign of empress Maria Theresa
who received the estate as a wedding gift.
Since 1955 Schönbrunn
is a museum and open to visitors. There are guided tours inside the palace that give you a touch of the quarters the royals had
to live in.
Do not forget to explore the extensive and perfectly manicured gardens with Neptune's Fountain, the
Obilisk, the Palm House, the Orangery and of course the original well that gave the place its name.
We visited Schönbrunn
in May 2014.
the square in front of the palace features a set of lions
and a set of peculiar hybrids
other rooms show off the old military costumes
and soon we are on our way
the 28 meters high Palm House was constructed in 1881 and has 3 different climatic zones
the Obilisk Fountain from 1777 with fake hieroglyphs. It would be another 50 years before hieroglyphs were deciphered
Neptune holds on to his trident atop of the Neptune Fountain, constructed in the 1770's
a view of the paace's backside, also impressive
the sun is shining and warm, so why not take a quick nap?