Originally one of the main palaces of the Hapsburg dynasty, the palace was turned over to the state at the end of the monarchy in 1918. The park and gardens behind the palace are about a square kilometer in size.

This is another example of what the money and unlimited power of a supreme monarch can do. The Hapsburgs and the Austro-Hungarian Empire are long gone but the beautiful gardens they created remain. Although there is a fee for the palace itself, entrance to the gardens is free. We visited in 2007 and greatly enjoyed the color and glory of these great gardens.

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