Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

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Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien +43 1 811 13-239
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    Inside the Schonbrunn Palace (3)

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    final part of my inside the schonbrunn palace pictures

    Palace of Schonbrunn, located near the outskirts of Vienna is famous the world over as it is a testament to the Architectural Grandeur of the Schonbrunn Palace as it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it was made to rival the famous Versailles Palace of the French Empire as the Hapsburgs wanted to have an architectural masterpiece to call their own. Schonbrunn Palace was built in 1599 as a summer palace where Emperor Maxmillian would do his summer hunts of various game and since then was the official summer residence of the Habsburg Monarchy up to 1916.

    It is now Vienna's most popular tourist destination with more than 5 million visitors yearly which visits the palace and it's gardens and attractions inside such as Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Palmenhaus, Wüstenhaus and the Wagenburg.

    Opens: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    here is a general layout of the Palace tour which I got from the Schonbrunn Palace Website:

    This tour of the imperial apartments which will take you on a journey through the centuries starts behind a massive door at the top of the Blue Staircase. It begins in the west wing of the palace, with the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth, which are furnished in 19th-century style, and continues through the state rooms in the central wing. From there the tour proceeds to the richly-appointed apartments once occupied by Maria Theresa. The Franz Karl Apartments, which were occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph's parents, Archduchess Sophie and Archduke Franz Karl, conclude the tour.

    All the rooms in the palace have their own stories to tell, stories on the margins of great historical events which are indicative of the lifestyle, atmosphere and world view of the imperial era.

    Rooms on the ground floor

    On the ground floor are the private apartments of the Imperial Family, socalled the Berglrooms: Gisela Apartments, the Goess Apartments and the Crown Prince Apartments with their frescoes by Johann Bergl. These Rooms are open to groups only by appointment.
    Guided tour of the Bergl Rooms

    The White and Gold Rooms on the ground floor can be the scene of your special event.
    Venues in the palace: Whit and Gold Rooms

    The Palace Chapel is still used for weddings, baptisms, fairs and church events

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Inside the Schonbrunn Palace (2)

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    part two of my tips with more stealth pictures inside

    Palace of Schonbrunn, located near the outskirts of Vienna is famous the world over as it is a testament to the Architectural Grandeur of the Schonbrunn Palace as it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it was made to rival the famous Versailles Palace of the French Empire as the Hapsburgs wanted to have an architectural masterpiece to call their own. Schonbrunn Palace was built in 1599 as a summer palace where Emperor Maxmillian would do his summer hunts of various game and since then was the official summer residence of the Habsburg Monarchy up to 1916.

    It is now Vienna's most popular tourist destination with more than 5 million visitors yearly which visits the palace and it's gardens and attractions inside such as Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Palmenhaus, Wüstenhaus and the Wagenburg.

    Opens: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    here is a general layout of the Palace tour which I got from the Schonbrunn Palace Website:

    This tour of the imperial apartments which will take you on a journey through the centuries starts behind a massive door at the top of the Blue Staircase. It begins in the west wing of the palace, with the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth, which are furnished in 19th-century style, and continues through the state rooms in the central wing. From there the tour proceeds to the richly-appointed apartments once occupied by Maria Theresa. The Franz Karl Apartments, which were occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph's parents, Archduchess Sophie and Archduke Franz Karl, conclude the tour.

    All the rooms in the palace have their own stories to tell, stories on the margins of great historical events which are indicative of the lifestyle, atmosphere and world view of the imperial era.

    Rooms on the ground floor

    On the ground floor are the private apartments of the Imperial Family, socalled the Berglrooms: Gisela Apartments, the Goess Apartments and the Crown Prince Apartments with their frescoes by Johann Bergl. These Rooms are open to groups only by appointment.
    Guided tour of the Bergl Rooms

    The White and Gold Rooms on the ground floor can be the scene of your special event.
    Venues in the palace: Whit and Gold Rooms

    The Palace Chapel is still used for weddings, baptisms, fairs and church events.

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Inside the Schonbrunn Palace (1)

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    this will be a three part tip with more pictures inside the palace which I took rather stealthily as no photographs are allowed inside.

    Palace of Schonbrunn, located near the outskirts of Vienna is famous the world over as it is a testament to the Architectural Grandeur of the Schonbrunn Palace as it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it was made to rival the famous Versailles Palace of the French Empire as the Hapsburgs wanted to have an architectural masterpiece to call their own. Schonbrunn Palace was built in 1599 as a summer palace where Emperor Maxmillian would do his summer hunts of various game and since then was the official summer residence of the Habsburg Monarchy up to 1916.

    It is now Vienna's most popular tourist destination with more than 5 million visitors yearly which visits the palace and it's gardens and attractions inside such as Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Palmenhaus, Wüstenhaus and the Wagenburg.

    Opens: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    here is a general layout of the Palace tour which I got from the Schonbrunn Palace Website:

    This tour of the imperial apartments which will take you on a journey through the centuries starts behind a massive door at the top of the Blue Staircase. It begins in the west wing of the palace, with the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth, which are furnished in 19th-century style, and continues through the state rooms in the central wing. From there the tour proceeds to the richly-appointed apartments once occupied by Maria Theresa. The Franz Karl Apartments, which were occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph's parents, Archduchess Sophie and Archduke Franz Karl, conclude the tour.

    All the rooms in the palace have their own stories to tell, stories on the margins of great historical events which are indicative of the lifestyle, atmosphere and world view of the imperial era.

    Rooms on the ground floor

    On the ground floor are the private apartments of the Imperial Family, socalled the Berglrooms: Gisela Apartments, the Goess Apartments and the Crown Prince Apartments with their frescoes by Johann Bergl. These Rooms are open to groups only by appointment.
    Guided tour of the Bergl Rooms

    The White and Gold Rooms on the ground floor can be the scene of your special event.
    Venues in the palace: Whit and Gold Rooms

    The Palace Chapel is still used for weddings, baptisms, fairs and church events.

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee. Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Grand Partierre at the Back of the Palace

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    at the back of the Schonbrunn Palace is where the huge Gardens are located, and unlike in Versailles Palace is France where you need to present a separate ticket to enter the gardens, here, the admission ticket of schonbrunn palace, the entrance to the gardens is included in the price of which you can have time to go around the huge gardens (if you are not pressed for time if not in a group tour that is). The huge garden was built in 1695 and contains various areas such as Tiergarten, orangerie, Meidlinger Vertiefung, botanical garden, Neptune Fountain, Gloriette Sculpture, Roman Ruins, Friedhof Hietzing, etc.

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee. Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Outside Park and Main Courtyard

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    the Grand Schonbrunn Palace has quite a large main courtyard occupying the front area of the palace of which is lined by a main cobblestone road in the middle where only the royal coaches of the monarchy would pass and two large fountains with sculptures at the sides and is enclosed by several buildings lying parallel to the courtyard where the restaurant, the ticket office, the Imperial Children Buildings, the Museum Shop and the Theater are located. lots of people take panoramic photos, videos and selfies from this area. Outside the Palace are a wide public park with a concrete middle area filled with statues of animals on either sides of the park,

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee. Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Schonbrunn Palace Admission Prices

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    there are many kinds of tickets and combination tours of Schonbrunn Palace of which you can choose if you are going on your own (if booked on a group tour, it is usually the Grand tour with audio guides which usually cost 18.90 euros per person for adults and 12 euros fro children 6 to 18 which is included in the tour price). if you are goind to Schonbrunn Palace on your own via public transport or Hop on Bus, then you have several combinations for the admission prices such as:

    1) Imperial Tour- This tour will give you a picture of the different stylistic eras of the imperial monarchy and the lifes of the palace´s inhabitants. You will see the state rooms and private apartments of Franz Joseph and Sisi and lasts 40 minutes and cost 12.90 euros for adults and 9.90 euros for children.

    2) Grand Tour- Besides the state rooms and private apartments of the imperial couple you´ll also see the precious 18th-century interiors from the time of Maria Theresia and cost 15.90 euros for adults and 10.15 euros for children,

    3) Sisi Ticket: 1 ticket for 3 imperial attractions:

    Schönbrunn Palace
    Imperial Furniture Collection
    Vienna Hofburg with the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection

    cost is 25 euros for adults and 16.50 euros for children

    4) Guided tour of the palace & concert 4.30 pm guided tour | 8.30 pm concert which cost 59.00 euros per person and 95 euros if with dinner.

    the palace is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm during summer and spring and up to 5:00 pm in winter and fall.

    you can buy the tickets at the ticket booth located at the building to the right after entering the palace complex or book and pay online.

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee. Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Transport to Schonbrunn Palace from Vienna

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    there are many transport options going to Schonbrunn Palace from you hotel in Vienna. The most hassle free is to book a half day tour of schonbrunn palace or coupled with a Vienna city tour for the whole day of which your admission tickets and transportation will be provided (the best option actually) where you will ride a large air conditioned bus or van in relative comfort or via the Vienna Hop On Hop off Bus.

    If you are on a budget, then you can take the Public Bus 10A, to Schönbrunn station or the Trams line 10 and 58 to Schönbrunn station or via the underground subway U bahn via line U4 to Schönbrunn station.

    there are many options going to the palace.

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Walking in Schonbrunn Palace

    by machomikemd Written Feb 9, 2016

    the best way to tour the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens is to walk on foot instead of hiring a horse drawn carriage which will set you back by 25 euros for just a 30 minute ride along the gardens at the back of which you can easily walk and at no additional cost. also, the palace itself is only composed of two floors and walking inside the palace is a breeze as they had put thick carpets where you wllk walk while going around the several rooms and suites inside the wonderful palace (the only drawback is that no picture taking is allowed inside the palace though). And the best way to go there is via a Hop On Hop of Bus or via the U Bahn Subway if travelling on a budget and you have lots of time to go around the complex.

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

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    Schonbrunn

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 24, 2015

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    Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence, with 1441 rooms! It's architecetural style is Rococo. The palace is one of the most important monuments in Austria, and the most visited site in Vienna. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years of Habsburg monarchs. It was put on the World Heritage List in 1996, together with its gardens, as a remarkable Baroque ensemble.

    I warned my boyfriend when we arrived that he might not be allowed to take photos inside, but he didn’t believe me…so he was upset when he got there and discovered that I was right, and he could only take photos outside in the courtyard.
    We had a guided tour of just 20 of the over 1000 rooms – the Palace was built to try and rival Versailles - and they sure succeeded! Certainly both Palaces have so much detailed gold decoration in common!

    Address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien

    Directions: At Lichte Allee

    Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

    Schonbrunn Palace & courtyard Schonbrunn gardens
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    The Opulent Schönbrunn Palace

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Updated Jan 7, 2015

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    We last visited the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace in November 2011, when there was snow covering the ground.

    The public can take tours of the Palace.

    The grounds are vast, and there are many wonderful gardens to explore. There are cute little squirrels galore running around the grounds, and they are very friendly.

    The Palace is a distinctive lemon/yellow colour and is a very very wide/long building (a panoramic photo would be a good choice in order to capture the full size of the Palace).

    Schönbrunn Palace is the former summer residence of the imperial family, the Habsburgs. The Habsburgs ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    The architecture of the Palace is in the Baroque style.

    The land had been in the possession of the Habsburgs since 1569. The wife of Emperor Ferdinand II had a summer residence built there in 1642, which she called "Schönbrunn".

    Maria Theresia re-designed a lot of the gardens and structures after 1743.

    Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born at the Palace in 1830. He spent his final years entirely in the palace.

    Austro-Hungarian Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914, and Europe descended into the First World War shortly thereafter.

    The Palace became the property of the new Republic of Austria in 1918. Emperor Charles I signed his abdication of the crown in 1918, marking the end of 640 years of Habsburg rule in Austria, and marked the demise of the monarchy.

    Today, the palace is part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage.

    Address: Schönbrunner Schlossstraße

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

    Sch��nbrunn Palace - Habsburg Luxury
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    Visit Schonbrunn complex

    by Odiseya Updated Jun 12, 2014

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    Visit to Schonbrunn is main attraction in touristic program all touristic arrangements from Balkan area. That was for me too, because that was the way I visit Vienna for first time. That excursion cost 20 euros and including transport with touristic bus (in mine case from Bratislava), visit Schonbrunn palace and park with tour guide on native language.

    We enter on main gate and first we visit Royal Palace. There no allowed to take photos inside of palace. But you can go to the nice shop. You will get and simple information brochure that are available on many language including and Serbian and Croatian. After almost hour of guided tour we have some time to explore the rest of complex.

    If you limited with time you can choose to explore complex with panorama train. I didn't use this advantage and I was walking around. I spend in Schoonbrun about 3 hours. I visit Royal Palace and explore complex by foot. That time was enough for me to visit and Main Courtyard, Great Parterre, Neptune Fountain and Gloriette Hill.
    And that means that I didn't see much of Schönbrunn and all its attraction on area of 160 hectares.

    Address: the summer-residence of the emperor

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en.html

    Schonbrunn Gloriette and panorama train Garden behind Royal Palace Royal Palace Small garden
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    SCHONBRUNN PALACE - CARRIAGE MUSEUM # 17

    by balhannah Updated May 10, 2014

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    Always a favourite of mine, is a visit to the Carriage Museum.

    The one in Schonbrunn sounded interesting, so we made it our last sight to see at the Palace. It's located in the Wagenburg building where once 100 carriages were on display, now this has expanded to 170. On display is the vehicle fleet from the Viennese Court. The collection includes sleds, sedan chairs, harnesses, saddles, Imperial carriages, a childs phaeton, hearse, landaulet, paintings of horses, clothing and much more.

    I was impressed with the display and just loved seeing the state coaches, ceremonial and gala carriages. The imperial coach, which was probably built for the coronation of Joseph II in 1764, was later used for various imperial and royal Habsburg coronations -It is a must see! It's richly decorated with ornate carvings and paintings. The display has the carriage being drawn by 8 grey horses - I loved it!

    Some important displays are the black hearse carriage, used in the funerals of Emperor Franz Joseph, his wife Sissi (Empress Elisabeth) and their son, plus Crown Prince Rudolph.

    The imperial coaches, with their painted sides, used to carry Emperor Joseph II, Leopold II and Francis I Stephen to various formal coronation ceremonies.

    The coach used by Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) when she first arrived in Vienna in 1854 prior to her marriage to the Emperor. The same carriage was used by Napoleon when crowned King of Italy in 1805!

    There is much to see, two stories in fact!

    There is an ENTRANCE FEE
    Adults 4 euros
    OPEN daily from 9am to 6pm (May-Oct) and 10am to 4pm (Nov-Apr).

    It was a pleasant surprise to find PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED

    Address: the summer-residence of the emperor

    Website: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/the-museum-of-carriages-schonbrunn-palace?projectId=art-project

    Carriage Museum Carriage Museum Carriage Museum The Black Hearse Carriage Museum
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    SCHONBRUNN PALACE - THE BOSQUETS # 4

    by balhannah Updated May 10, 2014

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    It was in the Privy garden where I came across my first two Bosquets. I have actually seen them all around the world, but more so, in the gardens and Palaces of Europe.

    Bosquets can be thought of as one continuous archway.
    To make one, a frame is made, then trees or shrubs are planted close together on either side of the framework. Climbers are mainly used, and gradually they grow and cover the frame work, making a lovely shady area to walk through on a Summer's day. The Bosquet in the Privy garden, had open air windows, where the climber leaves made a beautiful frame, especially good for photos of the Palace. What an attractive way to see the Parterre, I loved the idea. Many have small surprises, like fountains, urns etc.
    The Privy garden Bosquets led into the lovely lattice worked pavilion. If the Roses are in flower, then Rose garden Bosquets would be a picture!

    Another Bosquet that was stunning, was covered in flowering Wisteria. Wow, it was a picture!
    A bridal couple were having their photos taken there.

    Address: the summer-residence of the emperor

    Bride & Groom in Bosquet Looking through one of the Privy bosquet windows Schonbrunn Palace Wisteria Bosquet Schonbrunn Palace Privy Garden Bosquet Looking through one of the Privy bosquet windows
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    SCHONBRUNN PALACE - MAIN COURTYARD # 16

    by balhannah Updated May 10, 2014

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    If you enter Schonbrunn Palace through the main gateway that is flanked by two obelisks, then you will immediately be in the main courtyard. The main palace building is right in front of you and to the right is the Schönbrunn Court Theatre, built in 1767 in Rococo style. In the middle, are two large fountains, one with allegorical figures depicting the rivers Danube, Inn and Ems and the other with sculptures representing Transylvania, Galicia and Lodomeria. Only the one fountain had water in it. There was lawn around the outer edge where in May, some Trees with deep pink flowers were in bloom. There were many garden seats, so we had a rest on one and people watched.

    Infront of the Royal Palace, is where you will find the Horse & Carriages lined up waiting for somebody to take a ride!

    After a rest, we passed through the gate on the left to visit the Wagenburg (Coach Room), which houses the imperial collection of coaches, sledges and carriages.

    Address: Schonbrunn Palace

    Website: http://www.aviewoncities.com/vienna/schonbrunn.htm

    Schonbrunn Palace fountain Schonbrunn Palace entrance gate Schonbrunn Palace main courtyard Flowering tree in the Main Courtyard The other fountain in the Main courtyard
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    SCHONBRUNN PALACE - THE OBELISK # 15

    by balhannah Written May 9, 2014

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    Our next stop was at one of the park's most impressive architectural follies. In 1777, a tall obelisk was erected on the backs of four turtles as the symbol of stability. Crowned by a golden sphere symbolising the sun, the obelisk represents the pathway of sun rays down to earth, while the four edges signify the cardinal directions. It comes complete with mock hieroglyphs recounting the history of the Habsburg family. In Baroque iconography, the obelisk stood for princely steadfastness and stable government

    The Obelisk, that sits on top of the Obelisk Fountain, is one of the most important focal points on the axial lines that transect the park.
    Once again, the pool is contained against the slope of the hill by a retaining wall topped by a balustrade with vases. A mountain grotto, complete with river gods, has the water from the fountain flowing out of the mouth of a central mask and the vases held by the river gods via a succession of three basins into the main pool.

    I liked this fountain too as it was "different!

    Address: Schonbrunn Palace

    Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/things-to-know/gardens/tour-through-the-park/obelisk-fountain.html

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