Vienna – The Opulent World of the Habsburgs – June 23, 2013

On their long train journey from Konopiste Castle south to Sarajevo, Bosnia the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophia stopped for a few days in Vienna. The Archduke was the heir apparent to the Habsburg throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Vienna was the capital city.  In 1914, the Habsburg Empire was waning in geographic size, prestige, and military power. Nothing exemplifies the past glories of the empire more than Schönbrunn Palace, which was the Habsburg’s primary residence.

Schönbrunn Palace - It is not quite on the scale of magnitude as Versailles, but it is not too far off.

Schönbrunn Palace – It is not quite on the scale of magnitude as Versailles, but it is not too far off.

The gardens of Schönbrunn.

The gardens of Schönbrunn.

 

 

 

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About Jeff Lowdermilk

I have traveled to Europe several times over the last few years to follow my grandfather's path as detailed in his World War I diary. My grandfather was an American Infantryman who survived the war. This has been an adventurous journey of self-exploration. The friends I have made along the way and experiences gained have greatly enriched my life