5 Picturesque Historic Royal Palaces You Must See
Aren’t you reeling with the royal wedding hangover? I am still in the fairy-tale mode of life: a royal wedding, a prince charming, the vows, the romance! There are palaces all over the world and there are palaces of East Europe that are so mesmerising that if you stand there long enough you might just want to get married (again for some)! There is something about historical places in the world that attract the likes of us: enormity of architecture, views they offer, power they withhold, royalty they house, turbulent past they withstand: a visit to a historical place is a surreal experience! Let’s have a dekko at the historic royal palaces in the most gorgeous cities of Europe.
1. Prague: A Photographer’s Paradise
This Golden City of a Hundred Spires is truly the historic capital of Czech Republic! One of the most beautiful places to visit in Prague is the Prague castle: spread over River Vltava’s left side, it comprises of the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, and the Powder Tower. From admiring Alphons Mucha’s stained glass windows to getting enchanted by the beauty of the Gothic architecture at the historic Royal palaces: Prague is a haven for photographers! Don’t miss an organ concert in the St Nicholas Church or the Church of Our Lady before Tyn for the most enriching experience!
Insider’s tip: Beware of the language barrier & ensure avoiding cab travel as you may get scammed. If you’re a traveler seeking solace in historical landmark & beauty and Baroque architecture, plan a visit to Prague this spring!
2. Vienna: An Artistic Beauty With Historic Royal Palaces
Vienna alluringly represents the beauty behind pain, the history of wars and renaissance, the architecture of magnificence. The reign of the Hapsburg empire glorified Austrian palatial architecture and gave Vienna the most beautiful historic royal palaces. Don’t miss the most captivating architectural marvel of Schönbrunn Palace and the breath-taking Belvedere comprising the Upper and Lower Belvedere and an extensive garden (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the display of international artists including world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings (including the famous Kiss and Judith).
Other places to visit in Vienna include Hofburg Palace, Palais Schwarzenberg, Schloss Hetzendorf, and many more. If traveling back in time is on your bucketlist, you must attend the famous balls in the Imperial Palace or the Opera ball at the Wiener Staatsoper! Get ready to pack your bags this April/May–the best time to bask in Vienna glory! Opt for the affordable and pennyworth week-long pass at the start of your stay.
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3. Budapest: An Architectural Haven
Be it baroque, neo-Gothic, Romanesque, or art nouveau artistic displays, Budapest is the perfect amalgamation of turbulent history and lively culture with ubiquitous romantic cafes, historical museums, and artistic extravagance. Stretched across the Danube is Castle hill housing Budapest’s historic royal palaces & medieval monuments. Places to visit in Budapest include the mesmerizing Buda Castle, Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum. Don’t miss the daily tours of the iconic Hungarian Parliament building adorned with neo-Gothic architecture and a strong history.
Insider’s tip: Carry a swimsuit or guts to go nude for an experience at Thermal Turkish baths like Gellert or Rudas. Don’t miss visiting Szimpla Kert, a famous Hungarian ruin bar for some Hungarian beer and meal! My most memorable spot is Shoes on the Danube Bank–a poignant reminder of the horrors of war.
4. Salzburg: The Sound Of Music And Beauty
Where the hills are alive with music, Salzburg offers picturesque views of towering mountains and lush gardens, artistic churches and cathedrals, and historic royal palaces and sites dating back 12 A.D! Topping our must-visit list is the Hohensalzburg Castle: a renowned adventure castle featuring the historic Salzburg Falconry Centre with daily flight demonstrations. If you grew up watching Sound of music, Mirabell palace & gardens is one of your dreamy places to visit in Salzburg. With picturesque gardens, the backdrop of the Hohensalzburg Castle, and the beautiful the Pegasus fountain, Mirabell palace is where every bride would want to get married!
Insider’s tip: Buy the Salzburg city card which will be your biggest time and money saver. Do your own Sound of music tour by some research and save a lot of moolah!
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5. Munich: The Marvel Of Burgs And Schloss
Munich is home to Bavaria’s most exquisite historic royal palaces; castle-spotting is the favorite pastime! Inspired by Romanesque Revival, Neuschwanstein Castle is THE most visited and gorgeous of all places to visit in Munich. Inspiring Walt Disney, this iconic palace was built as a retreat by Ludwig II of Bavaria. Replicating Palace of Versailles, the extravagant Linderhof palace features an illuminated grotto, tapestry chambers, hall of mirrors, and elaborate rococo era state rooms! A close second is the Munich Residenz: an awe-inspiring monument of exquisite architecture where every room is brimming with artistic brilliance! If you don’t visit Hofbräuhaus for a crisp cold beer, people really wont believe you have been to Munich.
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