Schönbrunn Palace

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Schönbrunn Palace
Schloss Schönbrunn
is a former imperial 1,400-room Rococo summer residence in Vienna

Queing to the palace
- audio tour is also available with a variety of languages
to choose from
- been there before
so just walked through thre palace this time
The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests,
and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

Topiaries everywhere!
Flower beds here and there in the garden
The garden is open for public free
- sporty people even running there,
why not as the surrounding is gorgeous,
but the amount of tourists must be disturbing

The sculpted garden space between the palace and the Sun Fountain
is called the Great Parterre
Sun Fountain
sculptored by Franz Anton Zauner
in 1780 
Lining the Great Parterre are 32 sculptures,
which represent deities and virtues.

Labyrinths near the zoo
- admission fee to see and experience them
Walked up to see the Gloriette
The garden axis points towards a 60 meters higher hill,
which since 1775 has been crowned by
the Gloriette structure
Maria Theresa decided Gloriette
should be designed to glorify Habsburg power and the Just War
 and thereby ordered to recycle
"otherwise useless stone" which was left

The Gloriette is a Neo-Classical arcade
designed by Ferdinand von Hohenberger
in 1775
Fantastic views from the Gloriette
down to the palace and
over Vienna!
There is a spacious cafe in Gloriette
- had lunch there
Didn"t have this plate of sausages, mustard and horseradish...
Instead had a pannini with tomato and mozzarella
- nice!
UNESCO catalogued Schönbrunn Palace
on the World Heritage List in 1996,
together with its gardens,
as a remarkable Baroque ensemble
and example of synthesis of the arts.

The gardens and palace have been the location for various movies,
such as the Sissi trilogy in 1950s,
in A Breath of Scandal with Sophia Loren
and briefly in James Bond's The Living Daylights.
Also the movie "The Great Race" was filmed there in 1965.

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