Vienna Day 2: Schloss Schönbrunn

Ah yes, another Palace (“Schloss”).  I never thought I would say this, but I am nearly “palaced-out.”  Yet, Schloss Schönbrunn was impressive and only a short subway ride away from the center of Vienna.  It was the summer palace of the Hapsburgs (imperial family for many many years).   Reed and I decided to skip the full tour and only enjoy the massive outdoor gardens…so large that  the beautiful Mirabell Gardens of Salzburg, see here would only fit into a small corner.

The Mize-Humphreys descend upon yet again another summer palace!

The Mize-Humphreys descend upon yet again another summer palace! Here, Eliot, refusing to smile.  Perhaps he is ‘palac-ed out’ as well.

The "backyard" of the imperial family's 'cabin' home.

The “backyard” of the imperial family’s ‘cabin’ home.

In the distance you can just make out the Roma-esque Ruin that sits a the end of the hill (built in 1756, so not really of the Romans, but of the Roman-architecture) and and the incredible Neptune Fountain a the end of the garden.

Closer-up view of the fountain and ???___

Approaching the Neptune fountain and Roman Ruin and…lots o’ tourists.

Kim n E-man in front of Neptune Fountain.  Great fun.

Kim n E-man in front of Neptune Fountain. Great fun. I just LOVE Vienna!

Another view of Neptune Fountain.  Next, we walk behind the showers...

Another view of Neptune Fountain. Next, we walk behind the showers…

A small path allows you to view the palace from inside the fountain...

A small path allows you to view the palace from inside the fountain…lovely.

Man or beast? I dunno, but Buns of Steel to be certain.

Half-man Half- fish, named “Gluteus Maximus”….one of Neptune’s entourage beasts.

I neglected to mention how the we somehow dodged inclement weather on our Vienna trip, but here the clouds threaten to move in...

I neglected to mention how the we somehow dodged inclement weather on our Vienna trip, but here the clouds threaten to move in…a view of the back of the palace.

For an extra fee, Schonbrun provides incredible maze gardens and play area, great fun.

For an extra fee, Schonbrunn provides incredible maze gardens and play area, great fun.

Here, Eliot getting some serious Feng shui by touching each Harmony Stone (a 20th century edition to this 17th century palace).

Here, Eliot getting some serious Feng Shui by touching each Harmony Stone (a 20th century edition to this 17th century palace).

Not pictured, a really lovely lunch in the corner of the gardens just as you would enter the Zoo of Vienna!  Consistently, Austria doesn’t provide tasteless fast food  options when it comes to these venues.  Instead, we had a gourmet lunch only 50 meters from a bunch of gorillas and an Imperial Palace.  Also not pictured, the incredible downpour we  successfully waited out as we exited the palace!?

Arching gardens as we exit.  My lovely mum, hubby and exhausted toddler.

Arching gardens as we exit. My lovely mum, hubby and exhausted toddler.

Yours in flowery arches and  buns-of-steel-fountains,

Kim

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2 thoughts on “Vienna Day 2: Schloss Schönbrunn

  1. Kim, nor sure I would ever get palaced-out but I am sure that all the walking and entertaining E at the same time adds to that feeling! I am truly reveling in your posts!

    • ha! I am so glad you are enjoying it! It so fun to have it all recorded digitally. Yes, that palace was great, I just didn’t have the energy to entertain Eliot during the tour, so the maze was perfect 🙂

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