Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

20171113_113159.jpgSchonbrunn Palace is a popular attraction of Vienna.  The ground used to be the recreational hunting ground for the emperors of the Roman Empire and its name which means beautiful spring is due to the spring water from the well that quenched the royal thirsts.   The Palace in its present form was built and finished during the Mari Theresa’s reign of the Austria-Hungary Empire.  During the Habsburg’s rule, it was the summer residence of the Habsburg’s royals.  Today, of the palace’s 1441 rooms, only 45 rooms which were the royals’ personal living quarters are being opened for visitors.  The rest of the rooms are rentals.  So if you would like to have a palace for your address, you may want to rent an apartment here.

Schonbrunn Palace or the Art Historical Museum
one of the fountain in the front of the palace “Both groups of Naiads (spirits of springs and rivers who belonged to the sea-god Neptune’s followers) were created by Wilhelm Beyer. “

 

 

 

 

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The grounds of Schonbrunn Palace include the once private hunting grounds had been turned into a large beautiful garden by Maria Theresa which contains the oldest zoo, a greenhouse,  Roman Ruin and many fountains and sculptures.  This garden now serves as a park for the public.  The grounds are carefully managed and is a popular venue for filmmaking and live concert performances.

statue of Flora, goddess of flowers and spring leading the Grand Walkway.
Neptune Fountain, and the Gloriette in the background.  In the Gloriette is a cafe.  It sits on a hill of 60 meters high and on its roof gave a panoramic view of the area.  The Gloriette was a monument erected by Maria Theresa for a “Just War”, a war that leads to peace.

 

 

 

 

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