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Christmas Morning at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

May 18, 2011
Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

I’m a Canadian, who’s spent almost half her life in Toronto. While the city possesses notable architectural feats like the CN Tower, Skydome and AGO, it lacks the beautiful and age old architecture found throughout Europe. Castles especially and no, Castle Loma doesn’t count.

When visiting Europe, there’s nothing better than seeing castles. They’re romantic, decadent and full of history. For someone like me who’s grown up outside of Europe, they’re especially enchanting.

My love affair with castles began in Italy last September when I cast my first glimpse at a castle in Soriano Nel Cimino and continued last December when touring Eastern Europe. First there was Prague Castle and then there was Schönbrunn Palace.

Imagine my delight when I found out we would be touring the palace on Christmas day? Not only that, the Christmas market  would open and we’d have time to shop and grab a hot cup of mulled wine. I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas morning. Yes, I drank wine at 10 AM!

This is one of my many photos from Schönbrunn Palace. Click to enlarge.

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

I love the yellow and green colors of the palace, the detailing in the balcony railing, the lamps and most of all the furious falling snow!

Schönbrunn Palace, it’s buildings and park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Vienna.

This photo was submitted to the Budget Travelers Sandbox weekly Travel Photo Thursday where they offer bloggers the opportunity to post their travel photos.

* All photos in this post were taken by me, unless otherwise indicated and are protected under copyright.

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  • Reply judyw January 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I will be in Vienna on Christmas Day 2012—what should we most definately see; what is open? Thank you!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      @Judy – Good choice! Vienna is a very beautiful place to spend Christmas.

      Unfortunately not too much was open on Christmas day but the castle was open for tours as was the Christmas market so I’d definitely recommend checking that out. Many of the museums are open as well like the Albertina, another worthwhile site to see.

      If you have further questions, drop me a line!

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