Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Schönbrunn Palace Gardens in Summer

The gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, in their colorful, formal,

Baroque designs, epitomize grandeur.

Home to the world's oldest zoo, numerous fountains, statues, a

yew maze and neatly trimmed hornbeam hedges, the park

looks much as it did during the reign of Maria Teresa, who

opened the grounds to the public in 1779.

The view from the palace, past the Grand Parterre and the

Neptune Fountain to the Gloriette pavilion.

Looking back at the palace from the fountain.

Part of the Neptune Fountain:

Lost in the hedge maze. Tip from a fellow maze explorer: keep one hand on one side of the maze and follow it to the end. It may take a long time but you'll eventually get out. It's better than having an anxiety attack.

For a look at a previous post on the gardens in their autumn glory, click here.

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