Saturday, June 22, 2013

Schönbrunn Palace - Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence in Vienna "together with its gardens, as a remarkable Baroque ensemble and example of synthesis of the arts"  a UNESCO world heritage site.

The palace is big, it has 1441 rooms. The inside exhibit is per its last imperial occupant Franz Joseph and his family. Not familiar with Austria history, I was more impressed by Schönbrunn Palace's backyard gardens than its imperial rooms. 

The palace has a big front court, with two fountains on the left and right side, typical sculptures in the pools. The back court is even bigger, huge gardens at wings of the palace, and a hedge formed labyrinth. At the far end of the court is a small hill with a temple like structure on top of it. When I got to the top of the hill, I could see the panorama of the whole Vienna.
The palace
closer look of the palace under sunshine

A hill in the back court
huge "backyard"

botanic garden

One big fountain

faceless soldiers 

View of  the whole Vienna from  Schönbrunn Palace

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