Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna is a real palace. We toured 40 of the rooms today, but there are 1,441. That is not a misprint.
And, it was just a summer home with a staff of 1,500. There are 300 acres, including a large zoo and a garden to rival any in the world. It is Austria’s busiest tourist site.
Franz Josef died there in 1916, during WWI. He was the last long running Emperor of the Hapsburg Empire (when Austria controlled a large section of Europe), followed by a Hungarian king who held that title for two years until the end of the war.
We visited the reception room where JFK and Khrushchev held a significant meeting in 1961. And, we saw the Hall of Mirrors where a 6 year-old child prodigy named Wolfgng Amadeus Mozart gave a concert attended by Marie Antoinette and another room where Napoleon met with his generals.
It was overcast, cool and windy in Vienna today, so our garden tour was abbreviated. It has been open to the public since 1779. But, besides the zoo, it is a perfect symmetry of gardens and sculpture, a maze, fountains and much more. We think we would need an entire day just to check it out.
But, even while using lots of underground metros today, we maintained our daily average walking distance of 8 miles thanks in part to the spacious grounds.