Vienna - Part 4 - Schönbrunn Palace
Today I'd like to show you the Schönbrunn Palace, that was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers.
The palace has 1,441-rooms built and decorated in Rococo style. It is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historic monuments of Austria. If you're interested in art and history, then visiting the palace is a must.
I would have loved to have a photo (or more) about the palace but that's basically impossible unless you have a drone. This is a mock-up of the property and was very happy to have found it as now I can show you how the palace looks like.
This is the entrance and always full of people, just as the other part of the palace. I believe there are visitors all the time, regardless of the season.
This is the inner courtyard of the palace, it's quite big and of course, full of tourists.
You can buy tickets online or at the entrance. There's an info point where you can get all the information you need (in English as well) with brochures. Above you can see a detailed plan of the palace in both German and English.
If you're planning to visit the palace, you'd better plan your visit in advance, visit the website and see what's the best option for you. You can get a discount with the Vienna City Card I was talking about in Part 1.
Now comes the bad news, photography is not allowed! I knew that before I left but it still hurts! The website says it's because the palace is private property. You can take photos and make videos but you need a special permit that costs extra money. So this is why I could only take a few photos of the building and that's all.
The architecture of the palace is pretty impressive.
The ticket includes free audio guide, which is a big help as you can learn a lot while making a visit back in time and trying to imagine how the Habsburgs were living. However, weekends are a different matter as you may not get an audio guide as there are far more tourists and you get a brochure instead.
These carriages are also available for tourists. You can take a ride and visit the city. There were many enjoying the ride.
I was happy to see the horses and the carriages but felt sorry for them in the same time as it must be hard for them to carry tourists around the city every day.
However, it's part of history, back than this was the only way of traveling.
I'm inviting you to watch the video that shows the interior of the palace. There are no words to describe the art pieces (paintings, sculptures, furniture) that the palace holds.
History of the palace
How to get there:
Underground: U4; get off at Schönbrunn
Trams: 10 and 60; get off at Schönbrunn
Bus: 10A; get off at Schönbrunn