The Summer Place did not disappoint those expecting grandeur and opulence but you need to be fit it you want to see all the sights, including the summer room at the summit behind the palace.
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In October 2016 the gardens where a bit of a desappointment because they were a bit neglected. However they are well worth the walk. What you can see: Maze; Small Gloriette; Neptune Fountain; Roman Ruin; Privy Garden; Schöner Brunnen; Angel Fountain; Obelisk Fountain; Statues; The...More
It's lovely to walk through the gardens, walk up to the Gloriette and take a wagon ride around the periphery of the park.
... but on a thundery day the signs warning not to stand under a tree during a lightning storm seemed terrifyingly ridiculous. In the middle of the gardens there are only trees! But what splendid scale, what gigantic vistas, what vicarious memories of secret assignations...More
I was with friends and they brought me up to the summer palace, it was a fair hike and it proved how unfit I was. Access to the roof was not allowed that day as they were setting up for the free open air concert...More
It's a part of the palace. One can get great views of the city, of just chill and enjoy the view of the place below.
Before or after touring the castle, be sure to visit the lovely gardens beside and behind the castle. There is a beautiful fountain and benches where you can rest and enjoy.
The gardens are spectacular and expansive. The lawns are superbly maintained and the red flowers currently in bloom everywhere is beautiful. We enjoyed a relaxing walk and some quiet time on a bench overlooking the Gloriette. Definitely a must visit.
NIce and interesting, I took the English guide... my hubby and kids were kind of bored but not me. The really bad thing is: no air conditioning... I mean.. hey you European guys, what the heck are you thinking of?