This was a peak experience. I spent the day in one of the most spectacular palaces in the world — the 1,441-room Schloss Schönbrunn, the former Habsburg imperial summer residence.
The Great Gallery is the centerpiece of Schönbrunn. Under the Habsburgs, it was the site for receptions, balls, concerts, and state dinners. Under the republic, it serves as the setting for state receptions when heads of state make official visits to Austria. It was the site of the 1961 summit meeting of President Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev.
As I sat in the Gallery, there was a magical moment when several of the other visitors spontaneously began to waltz. It’s easy to get carried away in a room like this.
I took the Grand Tour—a self-paced, audio guided exploration of 40 rooms in the Palace which left me with plenty of time to sit and savour .
Here’s a slide show of some of the rooms that were part of the Tour:
Schönbrunn Palace has a “no photos” policy, so none of the pictures in this posting were mine. I found all these all the beautiful images on the Web.