Sentence (first half thanks to Word of the Day, but the second half is my own!): Ich muß schon sagen, Ich liebe Wien!
Today featured the return of traditional classes, with the focus on Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna. I started the day off with a delicious breakfast at the Naschmarkt, which is definitely one of my favorite places in
After talking about Maria Theresia and the various Habsburgs for two hours in class, I found myself in the mood to go to the Schloß Schönbrunn. The palace’s name means “beautiful well.” Built as a summer palace for the Habsburgs, it has 1441 rooms – of which you are only able to see about forty. The sheer magnitude of the site, filled with gardens, a maze, a labyrinth, the Gloriette. It definitely reeks of Maria Theresia and the Habsburg dynasty, with her favorite yellow paint and the rococo and baroque styling. Walking around I could certainly imagine the women in their enormous dresses walking about and the men preparing to set off for a hunt. It is very well preserved, with rooms filled with original furniture, such as the bed Franz Joseph died in. And the history within the walls, obviously, is so exciting. All the history of the Habsburgs, plus modern aspects such as the room where the last Austrian emperor signed over his right to rule and the
It was built to rival
The gardens surpass the sumptuousness of the rooms in their enormous size and beauty. Perfectly sculpted, with fountains and tons of flowers, the gardens were my personal highlight. Going up on the Gloriette, getting the view of the city and the palace in perfect weather, is an absolutely indispensable part of a trip to
The palace was definitely one of my favorite Viennese excursions, especially due to it serving as the culmination of my study of the Habsburgs. The dynasty was once just a confusing jumble of names I tried to ignore in my Western Civilization class, but now I feel like I am well-versed in their lives and individual rule.
The visit also offered me a chance to take some fun photos. I loved just capturing a few small moments I saw amidst all the incredible grandeur, such as the mom with her two children flapping their arms as birds on top of the Gloriette and an old couple walking down one of the arms of the garden.