There is nothing comparable to that feeling of waking up in the morning and feeling the sunlight in your face, when the sky is perfect blue, the weather is just the right kind of cold and there is freshness in the surrounding coming from every trees and every autumn leaves, as if you can feel your very existence up to your fingertips.
Extremely early for the 8:30am opening hours, the ticket booth was not open yet, there was no one around except the palace groundskeepers. Though the main palace was still closed, however to walk around the vast surrounding garden is allowed and I together with few joggers had taken the opportunity to enjoy the bareness of the park.
More than the Great Parterre and its 32 sculptures of deities and virtues, the beauty of the Garden lies in exploring its vastness on your own where there is no specific path to take, where every turn leads to something beautiful, a true testament to the idea that the royal garden is an extension of the elegant interior of the palace.
The distant view of the Gloriette, a close up look to the Roman Ruins (Ruin of Carthage), and the calmness of the waters of Neptune Fountain, everything about the Garden is in harmony to surrounding nature and architecture of Schönbrunn.
Designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, a former summer residence of the imperial family and the birthplace of Emperor Franz Joseph, Schönbrunn Palace is one of Vienna’s most important architectural and historical monuments.