Different kind of beautiful Chapter 6: Feeling royalty at Schönbrunn Palace
Travelogue: 8th June 2015
Feeling happy after a scrumptious breakfast, we headed to the subway station. The subway has been our main transportation to our destinations. It is convenient and accessible from almost everywhere.
We are here at Schonbrunn subway station.
I had difficulty pronouncing the name of this place. I love how vintage the subway station looked like. It really reminded me of the old west and cowboy movies I used to watch as a kid.
I think I captured Bon’s back in the prettiest settings. #feelingproud
Schönbrunn Palace is about 10 minutes walk from the subway station.
It was a really sunny day and walking there will dehydrate you. Lol.
This 1,441-room palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. More information here.
Upon purchasing the tickets, you will be able to choose an audio guide for free, much to AK’s delight.
The palace was lovely. There paintings on the ceilings and walls were mind blowing but we were not allowed to take any photos. The above photo of the ceiling was taken right after the entrance.
I am not a fan of audio guides but all the different rooms in the palace were numbered so it was easy for us to follow. The audio guide gave a detailed explanation about the residents of the rooms and the designs and decor of the rooms. If you really pay attention to the audio guide, you will tend to walk slowly. It is only natural to follow the speed of the narrator.
I really wished we could take photos but I am sure they have these restrictions for a good reason.
Once outside, it was all sunny again so we headed to garden.
As you can see, it was huge! We were greeted by this beautiful tunnel.
A few steps after this and we were greeted by another tunnel, this time decorated with bright red roses.
It was so pretty and everyone wanted a photo in it…………… including me.
As we were walking towards the fountain, on our right was a maze. I did not dare to stepped in because I just know I will cry if I can’t find my way out. Lol.
As much as I love the open space, the scorching hot sun really made us crave for shade this we tend to walk a little faster.
Neptune Fountain which was commissioned in 1565 was the clear highlight of the garden.
Group photo at this monument is mandatory.
Actually we had the intention to climb up the hill to go to the Gloriette but the sun was truly zapping our energy so in the end we decided not to. Instead we walked on to look for a suitable place to sit and rest.
We did find a lovely place to sit, among these greenery!
This photo above would have been perfect if May’s face can be seen. Lol.
This place is huge and all the walking was making all our feet ache. #old
On our way out, we were once again greeted by these colourful scenes. Oh well, this place IS a palace after all. Everything was meticulously taken care of.
We could not resist taking more photos. I know they are all flowers but …….. I couldn’t stop myself.
In fact, the bestie was the last one to leave because she was still busy taking photos of and with the flowers. Can you spot her in this photo below?
Schönbrunn is Vienna’s most popular tourist destination. There were so many tourists from Europe and Asia who came in big buses and I can see why this it so popular.