Eastern Europe: Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Part two of a four part series on Eastern Europe: If you missed yesterday’s post on Budapest, you can see that here. Prague and Berlin to come!

Visiting Eastern Europe was very high on my #bucketlist for this European adventure and it well exceeded my expectations. There is so much that could be said about each of these awesome cities, but I’ve compiled some of my favorite parts of each place to hopefully make your trip planning a little easier!

Leave a comment and let me know your favorite Eastern European city!

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Schönbrunn Palace

Vienna is another beautiful, old Eastern European city which is a great two/three day stop-over in between Budapest and Prague. The highlight of our trip to Vienna was without a doubt the day that we spent visiting Schönbrunn Palace. This 300-year old, Baroque style palace is packed with over 1,400 rooms and a ton of history.

The palace is easily accessible by public transportation, and Casey and I took the Metro (~1 Euro) directly to it.

You can easily spend your entire day at the palace. There are several options at the ticket office for touring both the inside and outside grounds (you will need to pay to go inside). If you are a fan of classical music, the palace has daily concerts for you to enjoy.  Or you can simply wander around the perimeter of the palace and through the gardens, which is what we chose to do. Sorry, Hasburg family. Seeing your old bedrooms and bathrooms isn’t in our travel budget.

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The Palace Gardens

What really stole the show were the immaculate gardens located on the backside of the house. These gardens are a botanists’ wet dream. We fortunately visited the palace on a beautiful 65 degree, sunny day and spent hours wandering around the property.

Another thing you must do if you visit the palace is to climb up the large hill located in the backside of the palace grounds. (I think you can also take a little tram, but that costs money and the exercise is better for you). The hike up isn’t a walk in the park, but you get an amazing view of the entire palace grounds and the city of Vienna once you reach the top.

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