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Old 02-02-2012, 05:31 PM
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The Hofburg, Vienna


The seat of the Habsburgs from 1438 until 1918.
A sprawling complex of interconnected and unconnected buildings that has expanded over the centuries to include residences, a chapel, administrative offices, museums, library, treasury, theatre, riding school, stables etc.

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Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

The over-1400 room Rococo summer palace, built and expanded over the period 1696-1749, was used extensively by the Empress Maria Theresa and her large family, and later by the Emperor Franz Josef.

The Gloriette [last picture] was built on the 60-metre hill overlooking the palace in 1775 to evoke and glorify Habsburg power.

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Thanks Warren as always you're the best! My personal favourite pic of the Hofburg: the new part of the Hofburg photographed from the Heldenplatz with the statue of Prince Eugen in the front.
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The only part of the Palace of Schonbrunn that Empress Elisabeth really liked was the park.
She went for long walks in the park.
The Walnut Room is named for the wood used to line the walls and to make the furniture.
It was used as an audience chamber by Joseph II and by Franz Joseph.
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And in fact Empress Elisabeth had a private staircase installed, leading from her official apartments on the first floor to her private apartments on the ground floor, which had direct access to the garden. In this way she could leave the palace and go in the garden whenever she wanted and without being controlled.
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I visited Schönbrunn Palace last week and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's always been one of my favourite Royal Palaces so it was lovely to be able to see it in person. I much preferred it to Versailles, as Schönbrunn felt more like a family home to me whereas Versailles just felt like a large office or workplace. The audio guides were very informative and I learnt a lot. They said that Empress Zita lived there and I got the impression she lived there after she was deposed - is this correct? Her bathroom also looked quite modern so I was just wondering.

The scenery there is beautiful and I would defiantly recommend a visit to the Gloriette (it also has a very up market cafe but unfortunately it was closed by the time I got there - I only went to one cafe at the Palace which I was quite disappointed with, the food was good but the cafe itself was nothing special) as the sunset views are stunning. It's particularly good for photographers as one can get an almost unreal view of the sunsets and I think that's what most people who visit it are there for. Below are some photos of my visit:
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No Empress Zita didn't live in Schönbrunn after the monarchy was abolished. The whole family had to leave Austria and went into exile.
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