Vienna highlights: a fall garden tour at Schonbrunn
Ah fall in Austria is really a spectacular time to be visiting Vienna and enjoy some of the wonderful gardens like Schonbrunn, on the outskirts of the city. It seems like all the autumn colors are just starting to come out now with those saturated colors popping out around the gardens Even while the annuals are being pulled out of the rotating garden beds, the gardens are still presenting a wonderful fall show that dazzles. The beautiful trees and shrubs around Schonbrunn are dressed in a shocking palette of crimson, ochre, sienna and burnt orange. It is very festive walking through these topiary allees lined with these squared off maple trees in vivid yellows, greens and oranges below. Leaves floating around pathways stir up my senses and imagination – adding excitement and crunch underneath each step I’m taking through these gardens.
There are so many grand allees at Schonbrunn. It’s fun to follow them to something interesting like a folly or fountain located at the end of each path. These landmarks punctuate the ends, and you can explore all around them and be rewarded with nice vistas of the grounds, or a nice view back to the main palace. The gardens at Schonbrunn presents everything on such a monumental scale, so everything you see is grandiose including: fountains, grottoes and statues that you should come up close to and investigate.
Wouldn’t you like to come over and explore the aviary?
A side garden below still has the summer plantings which will soon be pulled out. I’m not sure what they will replace these with for wintertime, or do you think they will they just leave it bare during winter? Hopefully not, it sounds too bleak compared to the fall glory in these gardens.
More summer annuals with garden statues
A sculptural Vignette against an autumn palate
The folly at the end of this promenade is so striking and mysterious at the same time. A scary looking face in the middle creates this strange and underworld feeling above the grotto. I’m sure this is intentional and makes you want to explore all around this huge edifice. Beautifully restored statues balance each end of the grotto, and create a beautiful vignette against the yellow maples n the background. Above the grotto is a large Egyptian obelisk capped with a golden eagle. I had to climb up and around the small hill, behind the grotto, hoping to find a marker or explanation of the sculpture or symbols. But, I didn’t find anything except a nice view looking back towards the palace grounds.
Graceful fountains adorn the gardens at Schonbrunn
The garden exudes this electrifying atmosphere, even though it’s very quiet outside and you almost have the place to yourself. In between these elegant topiary trees below are these stoic statues that lining the walkway, and lending an air of formality and royal splendor. The warm color scheme continues throughout the entire grounds of the palace and present a magnificent showcase. This is such a wonderful walk and I’m really enjoying every moment touring the gardens – I’m just glad I took so many amazing pictures that I can look back and revisit this incredible garden.
The main promenade garden against these striking yellow maples
Along the main promenade fronting the palace, a crew of gardeners are starting to pull out all the summer annuals which are past their prime. Hopefully something cheerful will still be planted, prior to the cold and dull winters that will soon come to Vienna.
Behind the promenade is this prominent fountain adorned with sculpture and fronting a large crescent shaped pond. It seems like everything in the gardens are really grandiose, just the right scale to match the palace itself.
Detail of the central fountain at Schonbrunn
Can you ever get tired of this view?
The baroque structure at the top of the crest overlooking the main palace is the Gloriette monument. With symmetrical arcades and a central pavilion, it is now being used as a restaurant. Originally the Gloriette was a monument built to signify an accomplishment in war, now you can relax in the cafe and enjoy the panoramic views of the city below.
A detail of lions at the entrance of the Gloriette
After a nice walk up to the Gloriette, I decided to take a break and have a nice lunch. Below, I ordered a nice beef and cheese crepe with a simple salad and it was just the perfect meal. I also ordered a side of salmon carpaccio. After such a long and strenuous walk, I thought I deserved it… and yes it was fresh and tasty. Overall lunch was wonderful, and the views looking out to the palace and gardens were spectacular and worth the uphill climb to top.
Maples of every fall color and shape, do you have a favorite?
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