Posted by: danielfee | February 6, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 02-06-2012

Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace GardensSchönbrunn Palace – Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial 1,441-room summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs in Vienna.  The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive monarchs. The name Schönbrunn means beautiful spring. In 1569 the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II purchased a large floodplain of the Wien River. The emperor ordered the area to be fenced and put pheasants, ducks, deer and boar on the property in order to serve as the court’s recreational hunting ground.  During the next century, the area was used as a hunting and recreation ground. The sculpted garden space between the palace and the Sun Fountain is called the Great Parterre. The French garden was planned by Jean Trehet in 1695. It contains, among other things, a maze.  The western parts were turned into an English garden style in 1828–1852.  






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