Schonbrunn Palace (Vienna, Austria)
Schönbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schönbrunn [ʃøːnˈbʁʊn]) is a former imperial summer residence in Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs
In the year 1569, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II purchased a large floodplain of the Wien river beneath a hill, situated between Meidling and Hietzing, where a former owner, in 1548, had erected a mansion called Katterburg. The emperor ordered the area to be fenced and put game there such as pheasants, ducks, deer and boar, in order to serve as the court's recreational hunting ground. In a small separate part of the area, "exotic" birds like turkeys and peafowl were kept. Fishponds were built, too.
The name Schönbrunn (meaning "beautiful spring"), has its roots in an artesian well from which water was consumed by the court. (from Wikipedia)
We visited Schonbrunn Palace when we went to Austria in October 2006. The Schonbrunn is not as Huge as the Versailles Palace in France. It is a much "Cozier" Palace. The size is not as Overwhelming. It is hard to compare as to what Palace is better, both Palaces have their own unique charm which make them incomparable.
|Front View of the Schonbrunn Palace|
|Gardens at the Side of the Schonbrunn Palace|
|This is the Back View of Schonbrunn|
|The Gloriette. There is a Restaurant inside this.|
|View of Schonbrunn Palace from the Gloriette|
|Another view of Schonbrunn from the Gloriette|