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1. Schonbrunn Gardens and Schönbrunn Schloss Palace, Vienna

Vienna (Wien): The imperial eagles guarding the entrance to the Schonbrunn Palace.

Vienna (Wien): The magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, one of the great Austrian summer palaces of the Hapsburgs, was used as the summer residence of the Hapsburgs from the 18th century onwards. This huge, symmetrical building is set amongst superbly laid out formal gardens as you might expect a grand an imperial palace to be.


Vienna (Wien): The busy main road passes the entrance to the Schonbrunn Palace.

Vienna (Wien): Schonbrunn Palace is one of the most renowned Baroque structures in Europe. It was originally a 16th century hunting lodge but was turned into a lavish palace by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi Empress for Maria Theresa in 1750. It was home to the Hapsburg emperors from the 18th century to 1918.


The great fountain in front of the grand entrance.


Vienna (Wien): 'Viennese' horse drawn carriages waiting for custom with their Fiaker coachman!.


Vienna (Wien): Fiaker coachmen waiting for customers!

Vienna (Wien): The baroque garden at Schönbrunn was a demonstration of Imperial power and an attempt 'to outshine Versailles' after Maria Theresa took control of the Holy Roman Empire in 1740 at the age of 23 when she was already Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Queen of Bohemia. Work began on the palace in 1744 and on the park in 1753 and its colour is known as 'Vienna Yellow' or 'Maria Teresa Yellow'.


Vienna (Wien): Another fountain in the impressive Baroque Schonbrunn Gardens.


Vienna (Wien): There are many fine statues in the Schonbrunn Palace Garden, two huge lines of them by the side of the gardens leading up to the great 'waterfall' and other gushing water chutes (shown below), above which is the facade of the Gloriette.






Vienna (Wien): The 'dedication' is to Emperor Franz Joseph II.








Vienna (Wien): The magnificent 'Baroque' Gloriette panorama terrace at the top of the Schonbrunn Gardens.



Vienna (Wien): Looking back down to the Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral on right of the distant skyline.




Vienna (Wien): The fountain above the precisely manicured flower gardens





Vienna (Wien): Below is a selection of the wonderful statues that line either side of the garden shown above. Many are classical figures from ancient Greece.




Vienna (Wien): The magnificent Gloriette on the skyline.






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