1. Schonnbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)
A few hours at the Schönbrunn Palace is mandatory. The summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, it was the birthplace of Franz Joseph I (1830) as well as his primary abode in the last years of his life. In 1918, the palace became the property of the new republic and is on UNESCO’s world cultural heritage list today.
For the lack of a better word, the much acclaimed Schönbrunn palace was a bit of a letdown. It fails to match the grandeur and magnificence you’d envision in the summer palace of a Habsburg royalty. Boasting 1441 rooms, 40 rooms are open to the public with a mandatory audio guide (at an additional charge).
The bus then took me to the Schönbrunn Palace -The majestic Baroque palace, once used to be the summer residence for many Austrian emperors, was originally built in 15th century and reconstructed in 17th century by the empress Maria Theresa, who received this as a wedding gift. With hop-hop off I got some discounts to the entry ticket (I took the basic ticket which included some 23 rooms - the entire palace has 1441 rooms). I visited the study room, dinning room, bedrooms of Francis Joseph 1. Lot of rooms still have retained the silverware, the bed and dressing tables. The palace has a huge garden which was one of the attractions too, but I skipped it.Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the palace.
Day 2- Vienna- (Temp- 8 degrees C) We took it slow and decided to acclimatize ourselves to the city. We walked our way (40mins away) from the hostel to the Schonbrunn Palace, though we had the option to take the trams/ metros we chose to walk and stop at local eateries and shops. The palace has a beautiful facade surrounded by an amazing garden. A trip to this palace is worth your time.