"Schonbrunn Interior and Grand Parterre" Schönbrunn Palace Tip by nicolaitan

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna: 305 reviews and 625 photos


Over 8 million visit the Schonbrunn Palace annually and over 2 million pay for audio guide tour of the available rooms. Photography, as we found so often in Austria, is strictly forbidden and the rules are rigorously enforced. Many of the room remain clear in memory. As previously stated, some of the most suptuous are not included on the basic ticket and in bus tours. For example, the Rich Room contains Maria Theresien's bed, covered in red velvet with gold and silver designs to match the wall coverings. Another special room is the Millions Room, name after the millions of silver coins used to pay for it. The wall is covered in rosewood with many miniature paintings and a bronze chandelier with enamel flowers. Many striking rooms are done in Chinese style.The tour also features the rooms of Franz Josef and Elizabeth ( Sisi ) both separate and very different suites as well as a joint bedroom used early in their marriage.

The Great Gallery is of course the highlight of the tour, a large room used for social functions and occasionally political as well. Tall windows on one side face a bank of mirrors on the other, all covered with gold and silver. The Italian ceiling fresco is a tribute to Maria Theresien surrounded by figures meant to be royal virtues and scenes of the many lands in the empire. It was the room used for the meeting in 1961 of John F Kennedy and Nikita Kruschev. The tour also covers rooms used by Maria T, rooms used by staff, and a relatively subdued room occupied by Napoleon during his stay here. This is a most interesting tour - i miss having images to further help my recall.

The gardens of the Schonbrunn palace are free to visit and free to photograph. The palace exterior and the park are Baroque in style, a coherent unit, with the park measuring over 1 km sq. The original formal gardens laid out by Eleonora von Gonzaga were destroyed by Turkish forces in 1683.
So it would fall to Maria Theresien to create a new garden concept 60 years later. With her husband Franz I Stephan of Lorraine, they designed intended to demonstrate their imperial power, a continuation of the magnificent interior of the palace. The plan, based on two main diagonal avenues and numerous intersecting walks, was completed by 1770. The largest area was occupied by the Grand Parterre, extending from the back of the palace up to where the Gloriette now lies. Symmetrical flower beds and grassed areas were delineated by multicolored gravel in patterns derived from embroidery.
By the time Maria Theresien died in 1780, many of the features of the gardens had also been constructed including the Large and Small Gloriettes, the Roman Ruin, the Beautiful Fountain at the site of the original spring, and the Obelisk Fountain. One year before her death, MT opened the gardens to the Viennese public.

Address: the summer-residence of the emperor
Directions: At Lichte Allee
Phone: +43 1 811 13-239
Website: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 7, 2010
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