Postcard of the Week: Vienna
This week’s postcard from Vienna comes courtesy of my lovely former housemate and fellow italophile Jess. We first met while au pairing near Rome in between the first and second year of university, and during our Third Year Abroad we both lived in Emilia-Romagna within a half-hour train journey from each other, I in Modena and Jess in Bologna. She now lives in London but like me she manages to fit in lots of weekends away in Europe, the most recent of which was to Vienna! She sent me this postcard of the impressive Schönbrunn Palace, built in 1696, which is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence.
The palace and its gardens are said to illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. As well as exploring the interior of the palace, in the palace grounds you’ll find the world’s oldest zoo, a palm house and a maze, and apparently you can also occasionally catch a Mozart concert there. Tales of the rise and fall of the various European empires enchant me and Austria is no exception, Vienna owes its grand architecture and past prosperity to its status as the capital of the Austrian Empire (later Austro-Hungarian Empire) ruled by the Habsburgs, which existed from 1804-1918.
I’ve never been to Vienna myself but after hearing about it I’m keen to visit. I hear it’s very elegant, classic and historical.