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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
July 31, 2010
From journal 4 Days in Vienna
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
July 23, 2010
From journal Vienna at Christmas
by wanderer 2005
December 16, 2008
From journal Great Pizza in Vienna?
July 20, 2006
To see how royalty lived and to learn a little of the history of the Austrian imperial family, Schöbrunn is really a great place to visit. There is a lot to see in the rooms of the palace, and if you have time, there are other parts, such as a carriage museum, to tour also.
There are two levels of tickets available for the palace: One allows you to visit 22 rooms, and there is a more expensive grand tour that includes 40 rooms. They include hand-held audio guides so you can listen to commentary about the rooms and the imperial family. We were quite satisfied with the shorter tour. Plan on about an hour.
You can get into the gardens, but there is a separate admission for parts of the garden, such as the labyrinth and privy garden. Since we were there in March, those parts weren't open anyway. It was pleasant to just wander around the gardens, even though we were there too early for much to be in bloom.
We walked around the neighborhoods near the palace to look for a restaurant. We never did find anything very good, and wound up at a Chinese place serving a buffet. I recommend that you eat at the palace cafes or elsewhere in Vienna.
The palace has a good website at http://www.schoenbrunn.at.
From journal A Few Days in Vienna
New Delhi, India
July 13, 2006
The tour leads through a series of magnificent rococo rooms, all gilt and stucco against clean white walls; old furniture; embroidered curtains; huge mirrors; tapestried upholstery; massive ceramic stoves; and large paintings. Among the highlights are:
1. The Great Gallery, which is simply dazzling. It has crystal mirrors, a painted ceiling, striking stucco work- and two gilded wooden chandeliers that once held 70 candles each.2. The wood-panelled Million Room, supposedly named so because it cost a million gold coins to decorate it. Amidst the stucco and wood panelling here are framed Mughal miniature paintings, making this one of the most unusual rooms in the palace.3. The two Chinese Rooms, designed in keeping with the contemporary craze for Oriental patterns. Both have parquet floorings, and walls decorated with gold-on-black paintings in an Oriental style. The ceilings too are decorated in blue, white and gold, all worked in Chinese patterns.4. The Hall of Mirrors, where Mozart, then aged six, gave one of his first performances before Maria Theresa. It’s recorded that when she praised him, the young musician "sprang onto the lap of the Empress, put his arms around her neck, and smothered her with kisses"!5. The Ceremonial Hall, famous for its paintings depicting the wedding of Maria Theresa’s son, Josef II. The paintings are in amazingly fine detail- the one of the wedding banquet, for instance, actually contains details of patterns on crockery. The painting of the wedding, incidentally, shows a young Mozart amongst the congregation- although Mozart hadn’t been present; his picture was added at the Empress’s request.6. The China Room, whose walls are covered with nearly 200 blueish pen-and-ink drawings, all of them supposedly made by the Emperor Franz Josef I and his children. If the imperial family did make them, I admire their skill: the drawings are very good indeed.
Besides these, there’s the Hunting Room, which contains lederhosen, hunting jacket and weapons once owned by Crown Prince Rudolf; the Billiards Room; the personal study and bedroom of Franz Josef I; and the bedroom, dressing room, and beauty care room of his wife, Sisi. The rooms, in fact, bring alive the contrasting characters of this strangely mismatched couple.
Schönbrunn opens daily at 8.30. Closing times vary from 4.30 onwards, with the palace remaining open till 6 in July and August.
From journal Vienna Rolls--And Rocks!
April 1, 2006
From journal Vienna - City of Music and Culture
Mont Albert North, undefined, Australia
August 20, 2004
The palace exceeded the size of the palace of Versailles on which it was modelled. Having also visited the palace of Versailles, this is no mean feat! It would take more time than we had availale to fully tour this palace and its grounds. Unfortunately, when we were there they were renovating. Why do all historic buildings sprout scaffolding when I visit?
From journal Vienna Visit
August 13, 2003
From journal Vienna, Starving Student Style
April 17, 2003
Admission to the palace is 7.50€ for the audio-guided "Imperial" tour of 22 rooms, 9.80€ for the extended, audio-guided "Grand" tour of 40 rooms, and 14€ for the VIP Pass, which includes the Grand Tour, the Bergl Rooms, the Maze, the Gloriette viewing terrace and the Court Bakery (available only April-October).
We took the "Imperial" tour. You could pay more for the 40 room tour or the VIP tour, but we saw more than enough of this place. Even with only a 22 room tour, while the history was enlightening at times, I felt it still went on too long for me. My audio wand didn't make it through the tour either because the battery died, and by that time, I really just wanted to leave. The people there make sure you leave the audio wand behind as you pass through a security checkpoint to exit. The grounds surrounding the palace are very large and it took a while to find our way out.Telephone: 222 8111 3239; Fax: 222 8111 3333email email@example.com
From journal VIE
August 24, 2002
From journal Adventures in Austria