Schönbrunn was the summer residence of the Habsburgs and one of Europe's most stunning Baroque palaces. The family acquired the land in the 16th century and later built a palace, but it was completely rebuilt under Maria Theresa between 1744 and 1749. Emperor Franz Joseph was born and later ruled from here with his wife, the beloved Sissi. (Never mind that she was actually Bavarian.)
Beautiful stucco work, frescoes, and lacquered panels adorn the interior in rooms like the Round Chinese Cabinet and Vieux-Lacque Room. In the Blue Chinese Salon, the last emperor, Karl I, signed his abdication in 1918, effectively ending more than 600 years of Habsburg rule.
High on the hill in the Schoenbrunn park, looking across the city of Vienna we see St. Stephen's Cathredal in the distance, and further back to Vienna's tallest building (still under construction in 2013.)
The summer palace of the Hapsburgs at Schonbrunn is stunning even during the fall season when all the colors and fall foliage make this a wonderful place to visit outside of Vienna. Below are some photo highlights and details to the visit, enjoy.
The extensive gardens at Schonbrunn are stunning especially during the fall season. The landscape and autumn colors really dazzle in this garden and the visit is truly special. Check out my photo highlights and details with the link below.