One of the must-see sights in Vienna is the Schönbrunn Palace. Built in the baroque style, the 1441 room palace was the summer home of the Hapsburg emperors. The name Schönbrunn means ‘Beautiful Spring’.
The palace has been open to the public since 1779 and in 1996 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Except for the Privy Garden and the Orangery Garden, entrance to the gardens is free of charge. Like many tourist spots in Vienna, photograph taking is not permitted inside the palace, however, it is not prohibited in the gardens.
The gardens, at 1.2 km x 1 km in size, are not as large as the gardens at the Versailles palace in France, but are just as beautiful. Filled with several styles of manicured gardens, wild forests with shady paths, sculptures, fountains, a maze, and a zoo, it is possible to pack a picnic and spend a whole day there. There is even a public swimming pool in which to freshen up at the end of the day.
There are so many lovely areas and buildings in the palace gardens, but the most splendid is the Neptune Fountain and the Gloriette with its stunning views of the city of Vienna. It was built in 1775 and was used as a dining hall until the end of the monarchy. Today the dining hall is a very nice café that makes one of the most delicious croissant sandwiches that I have ever had!
So no matter what time of year you visit Vienna, spend a Beautiful Spring there.