Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vienna - An Introduction to Schönbrunn

One of the must see palaces in Vienna is the Schönbrunn Palace, which is located in the 13th district, more on that later, and used to be the summer residence for the Imperial family.

The scale of the Palace, which houses 1441 rooms and grounds is truly impressive. It was built by Emperor Maximilian II in the mid 16th century. The area around the palace was used as recreational grounds and hunting. In the mid 16th century the palace was redesigned by the court architect Nicolò Pacassi under the orders of Maria Theresa of Austria.

Below are some photos of the immediate area of the palace palace itself, on an evening when the Vienna State Orchestra, gave a free performance. It was magnificent.

Below is the Gloriette in the garden on the Schönbrunn Palace. Built in 1775 as the last building constructed in the garden, according to its architect, it was built as a "temple of renown" to serve as both a focal point and a lookout point for the garden. While today it houses Café Gloriette, in the past it was used as a dining hall and festival hall as well as a breakfast room for emperor Franz Joseph I.

 A view from the courtyard.

BTW, Access to the Schonbrunn, or any other point of interest in Vienna is fairly easy, with U-Bahn (Subway/tram) stations, and bus service basically to and fro any point in the city. An 8 day (don't have to be consecutive days) transportation pass, for anywhere in the city, costs approximately $44.00.


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