Located just outside the city centre in Vienna is the vast residence of Schönbrunn Palace. The palace building boasts 1441 rooms and has also been added to UNESCO's world cultural heritage list.
You can take a tour inside the palace building where you can visit 40 of the palace rooms, I visited the palace during the warm summer so I decided not to take the inside tour and instead I walked around the palace grounds enjoying the weather.
One of the most beautiful parts of the palace grounds is the Palmenhaus Schonbrunn, one of the largest greenhouses in the world. The greenhouse is home to over 4500 different species of plants and is one of four greenhouses at this location.
The park on the palace grounds features some very unique spots to find including the Neptune Fountain. Maria Theresa commissioned the fountain in the 1770’s and it stands in immaculate condition today. At the centre of the fountain is a grotto; you can stand behind the fountain in the grotto to take a photo of the palace through the gap as seen below.
To get the best view of the palace I recommend making your way up to Gloriette, an arcade structure that was constructed in 1775 by Ferdinand von Hohenberg. I got a great shot of the palace and the city of Vienna from the centre of this structure and the view gives you a sense of how large the palace grounds really are.
This is one attraction in Vienna that you definitely should not miss out on. Admission to the park and palace grounds is free and I recommend allowing you a full afternoon to full enjoy the features and surprises that this heritage site has to offer.
How to get there:
Take the metro to Schönbrunn station on line U4 and walk for 4-5 minutes.
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