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  • If it's your first visit, I would recommend buying one ticket for everything
  • I'm not too keen on furniture, but you get lot of interesting historical facts along the way
  • I prefer the palm house, it is a grand structure built around 1880 and filled with palms, flowers and with a special tropical part with plenty of orchids

    • by Fotorunn
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      Schönbrunn has been called Vienna Versailles. It is a big palace with surrounding garden built around 1700. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Vienna, with lot of different things to see. It is easy to get there; there are two underground stations quite close. There’s Schönbrunn station for the main palace, and Hietzing for the zoo end of the gardens.

      From both stations it is a 5 minutes walk. There are also several trams going there, and from Hietzing there are buses going to the outskirts of Vienna. If it’s your first visit, I would recommend buying one ticket for everything. There’s combination ticket for the palace, zoo, palm house and the other buildings on the grounds.

      The palace itself is worth a visit. There is a grand tour, with 50 rooms, and a shorter room, going through 30 rooms. I’m not too keen on furniture, but you get lot of interesting historical facts along the


      way. It is a quite nice shop there, they have the usual things (postcards etc) but also some nice books and CDs.

      There is a big sculpted garden between the palace and the Neptune Well. Behind the Neptune well there’s a 60 meter high hill with a cafe on the top, and a good view of the gardens, the palace and the rest of the city. The cafe is expensive, but has nice food. Walking around in the gardens is easy; except for the hill they are very flat.

      If you don’t feel like walking, you can take a ride with a horse and carriage around the grounds. The gardens are quite extensive, there’s a fake Roman ruin, several ponds and a rose garden. In the spring, look for ducklings in the ponds. There’s special stairs placed there so the ducklings can get in and out of the ponds.

      There are also very tame squirrels that will eat of ...


      • your hand, woodpeckers and an arboretum. To see more exotic plants, pay a visit to the palm house or the dessert house. I prefer the palm house, it is a grand structure built around 1880 and filled with palms, flowers and with a special tropical part with plenty of orchids. In one end of the gardens you find the world’s oldest existing zoo, founded in 1752.

        It has been changed a lot the last years, and most of the animals now have bigger cages and more to do then they used to have. There’s is still a lot of building going on, parts if it will be finished the summer 2010. In addition to quite nice enclosure that gives the animals as much room as possible in a zoo and provides the visitors with a good view of them, there is lot of posters telling the zoo’s history. I really like them, there’s pictures of cages and animals through

        the centuries, and tales of how the zoo survived two world wars.

        If you don’t want to walk around in a queue, I would recommend coming quite early as there are a lot of school classes going to the zoo on school trips. If you get hungry, there is a nice restaurant in the middle of zoo where you can sit outside in the summer. There are also very nice Belgian waffles and an ice-cream shop. The zoo of course has its own souvenir shop; it has lot of stuffed animals, t-shirts and other things with animals on.

        They have really nice postcards, both photographs of the animals and painted pictures. If you just want to sit down, enjoy the sunshine and read a book, you can just walk into the maces in the garden. There are plenty of benches that are away from where most of the tourists go, so it’s a nice place to spend a quiet hour or two.




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