A must see, but take a few hour for the visit if you want to see it all :) We only booked the Imperial tour that gives you access to 22 rooms, but I i believe that this is enough to get the flavor of the place.
The lovely flowers
take a walk around and enjoy the flowers and very beautiful roses all around the garden
i love all these tunnels, they give you the feeling of infinity and that all is possible, right?
'The history of "Schoenbrunn Yellow" is a topic of great interest both to visitors to the palace and to architectural scholars. The results of the most recent samples taken from the rendering of the facade reveal that the former hunting lodge designed by the Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was painted in light shades of orange and brick-red for the blank surfaces with the architectural articulation picked out in white. During the reign of Maria Theresa the palace was initially painted in a golden ochre colour and then in the 1770s in a light ochre with the articulation picked out in white and light beige. Johann Aman, the court architect during the first half of the nineteenth century, used a monochrome grey colour in imitation of stone for the facade he had altered to conform to the Neoclassical canon. From the middle of the nineteenth century the shade known as Schoenbrunn Yellow began to prevail, possibly as a deliberate reference to the era of Maria Theresa." (Source)
We did not have tickets for the zoo, but you can still spot the rhinoceros and some sort of dear or a gazelle :)
"Designed as the crowning element of the Great Parterre, and sited at the foot of the hill behind the palace is the Neptune Fountain, which was conceived as part of the overall design of the gardens and park commissioned by Maria Theresa in the 1770s. [...] The figural group was originally free-standing, but a screen of trees was planted behind it during the nineteenth century in order to provide it with an effective foil. " (Source)
Built in 1775 as the last building constructed in the garden according to the plans of Austrian imperial architect Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg as a "temple of renown" to serve as both a focal point and a lookout point for the garden, it was used as a dining hall and festival hall as well as a breakfast room for emperor Franz Joseph I.
View from the top & over Vienna
As the picture shows you, visiting Schoenbrunn is a must even on a cloudy day.