Schonbrunn palace has been on my bucket list for a long time. As a Mexican, I had special interest in this place as the birthplace and childhood home of Maximilian of Habsburg, emperor of Mexico back in the day. We Mexicans didn’t really do right by Maximilian, but he left us a great legacy. This is not something they teach at public schools in my country but it’s something easily learned through reading international history books. Learning about his family, and the traditional way of approaching conflict that this family had was super interesting.
The palace is grand and beautiful, of courseC although I have to say that Versailles is more opulent. Schonbrunn is elegant but frugal at the same time, which speaks to the type of people that lived in it. People who believed in “waste not want not” as opposed to the French palace, which is dripping with luxury from every curtain.
We went during Easter break and while it’s a very busy time we didn’t get too overwhelmed with the crowds. There as also an Easter market, in the fashion of traditional German Christmas markets, offering food and crafts.
The audio guide that comes with the full tour (I took the sommer ticket that includes all rooms and gardens for 24 euros, it was worth every penny) was very throtough and the information was easy to understand and retain.
The gardens are gorgeous, you can walk around then all day. There is a maze and labyrinth, great fun was had there, me and my friend felt like little kids running around playing games. That was the absolute highlight.
The scenery makes for great instasories and family pictures.
The palace opens at 8am, i would recommend that if you’re visiting in summer, to go before the large groups of private tours show up, since they really it is rather disrupt the experience.
We ate at Schönbrunn Cafe in our way out. Had the strudel with vainilla sauce and the schnitzel. It’s not particularly better than any other cafe in Vienna but it is rather expensive. My advice is, skip the cafe and eat at the market.
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