I Too Would Like to Spend My Summers in Schoebrunn

Schoebrunn is the Summer Palace for the Hapsburgs and is simply breathtaking. Though it was the summer palace back in the day and no doubt much harder to get to when you were moving your entire royal household by horse and carriage, it was only a few subways stops from our hotel. Convenient!

IMG_6488

One of the prettiest stops on the subway!

The exterior of the palace is really beautiful and there was a Christmas market set up in the front.

IMG_6437_2

Approaching the Palace with just about everybody else in Vienna apparently

We entered the building and I got concerned because the very first statue I saw reminded me an awful lot of Prague.

IMG_6439_3

Have I mentioned all of the disturbing statues I saw in Prague?

It got way better after that! Though we were once again banned from taking pictures on the inside. I captured a few from the web so you can enjoy it as well. I believe you’ll see why I’m considering a little redecoration when I get back to the condo…

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 11.48.58 AM

The Vieux-Laque room Empress Maria Theresia redecorated in honor of her late husband after his death in 1765.

The entire palace was dripping with gilt. I hope there’s a YouTube video out there so I can learn how to apply it to the condo…

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 1.02.01 PM

Wonder if there are any large heavenly ceiling decals available on Amazon…

Afterwards we walked through the gardens. Even though most of the gardens were dead, it was still stunning and there was a magnificent Gloriette perched on top of the hill over the Neptune Fountain.

IMG_6453_3

Gloriette and Neptune Fountain

We walked through and admired the statues…

IMG_6449_3

Garden art

Past the Neptune Fountain…

 

 

IMG_6459

Must come visit when it’s not frozen!

And then all the way up the hill to the Gloriette.

IMG_6474_2

Worth the walk!

We tried to go into the Gloriette where they have a cafe, but it was so packed we couldn’t find a seat. We gave up and walked back down to find one in the palace. Thankfully, they had a spot that was really warm and had sachertorte, which was on my list of things to try!

IMG_6481

Traditional Viennese food

Afterwards we spent a little time in the Christmas market.

IMG_6485

Hot wine

When we returned to the city we decided to take a walk and visit the last few Christmas markets on our list.

IMG_6504_2

No idea what this is, but it was glorious!

We found the first one beneath some magnificent domed building. It was also surrounded by charming little streets with interesting shops.

IMG_6502_2

Local chocolate shop window display. Turns out the snow globe was invented in Vienna.

We wandered aimlessly through the cold drizzle and found several Christmas markets tucked away on cute little streets.

IMG_6533_3

Though each one was unique…

IMG_6537_3

They had one thing in common…

IMG_6511_3

Hot wine!

We passed a small crowd gathered around a man playing the cello. He was magnificent!

IMG_6527

Coincidently, the cello is my favorite instrument.

Along the way we stopped for dinner. The food was delicious and the beer was even better and served in a mug that was bigger than my head (which is maybe why I can’t even remember what we ate!) We walked back to the hotel and enjoyed a few more shop windows.

IMG_6524_3

Austrian fashion is cool

It was bittersweet since we were heading home the next morning and Vienna just became my new favorite city!

IMG_6545

Last meal together in Vienna

 

 

 

 

About isherri

I'm the Director of Consultative Services at big time education publisher and a half hippy, half clown, latte sipping, brunch munching, MINI driving, rabid social media enthusiast.
This entry was posted in Getting Around, Life Story and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to I Too Would Like to Spend My Summers in Schoebrunn

  1. Ali says:

    Sounds like you had an amazing trip

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s