Where To Eat Homemade Strudel In A Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is wonderful. It's gorgeous. It's beautiful.

It's Schloss-tastic. For real.

I don't know if you travel. I don't know if you've ever gone abroad and seen another culture's history. 

But you should. You really should. And when you do, you should see their most impressive shit.

Because that's what being a tourist is all about, right? Going places where there used to be massively rich people and seeing what opulent stuff they managed to build while they were in power.

So that's what I did in Vienna, Austria. I went to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer home of the Austrian royal family, the Habsburgs.

Schonbrunn Palace

The Habsburgs

The Habsburgs are THE royal family of Europe. It's insane. And they were big time rich.

Through diplomacy by marriage and subsequent intermarrying (not Game of Thrones-level but close.), members of the Habsburg family ruled or almost ruled the following territories at different times:

  • Bohemia
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Russia
  • Croatia
  • Mexico (Weird, right? He was killed during the revolution.) 
  • Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Spain

It's crazy. Look this family up. It's impressive.

But anyway. Pictures:

 Fountain. There's another one on the other side too. It's a little different. But I would've had to walk through a crowd of people to take the pic, so...

Fountain. There's another one on the other side too. It's a little different. But I would've had to walk through a crowd of people to take the pic, so...

 Vienna? Or 'Merica? Because that is a dope eagle right there.

Vienna? Or 'Merica? Because that is a dope eagle right there.

 Cheeseballin' at the Schönbrunn.

Cheeseballin' at the Schönbrunn.

 B-boyin' at the Schönbrunn.

B-boyin' at the Schönbrunn.

Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

I know fall is not the best time to see these gardens. Or any gardens.

But Austrian royalty really knows how to put together the green stuff.

And the red stuff. And the yellow-ish stuff too. 

 Mountains and well-organized plants. It's so nice to be in a place that isn't flat. 

Mountains and well-organized plants. It's so nice to be in a place that isn't flat. 

 That's some good gravel. 

That's some good gravel. 

 Well-manicured indeed.

Well-manicured indeed.

 Walk through these vines. I implore you.

Walk through these vines. I implore you.

 Check out how flat this hedge is. And it goes on forever. Who cuts this hedge? How long does that take? How did they do that back in the day? Aliens? Probably.

Check out how flat this hedge is. And it goes on forever. Who cuts this hedge? How long does that take? How did they do that back in the day? Aliens? Probably.

Palmenhaus Schönbrunn - Schönbrunn Palace Greenhouse

 Whoa.

Whoa.

This is the most captivating structure that I've ever seen. 

I'm serious. It's real-life steampunk. It's somehow classic and futuristic. 

It's perfect.

I want it.

 I bet you twenty bucks that the Wizard of Oz lives here. 

I bet you twenty bucks that the Wizard of Oz lives here. 

 Seriously. Take some time to look at this thing. 

Seriously. Take some time to look at this thing. 

 There is a lot of Japanese art in many of the royal collections. I wonder if this structure was Japanese-inspired. I should Google it. 

There is a lot of Japanese art in many of the royal collections. I wonder if this structure was Japanese-inspired. I should Google it. 

 It's still used as a greenhouse. Though the plants aren't as inspired as the architecture.

It's still used as a greenhouse. Though the plants aren't as inspired as the architecture.

Kaiserliche Wagenburg Wien - Schönbrunn Palace Carriage Museum

The Viennese sure do love their pretty stuff. Don't they?

They lived in style, and they travelled in style.

Please enjoy these photos of some carriages. And sleds. They had sleds too. 

 Can you imagine rolling down the street in this thing back in the day? Looking at all the peasants? Waving at all those sad, little people?

Can you imagine rolling down the street in this thing back in the day? Looking at all the peasants? Waving at all those sad, little people?

 In  Pimp My Carriage , they emphasized tassels quite a bit.

In Pimp My Carriage, they emphasized tassels quite a bit.

 Leopard print sleds. That's some  Narnia  shit right there. 

Leopard print sleds. That's some Narnia shit right there. 

 A hearse. Black on black. A tasteful way to mourn. 

A hearse. Black on black. A tasteful way to mourn. 

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME STRUDEL???

We rushed out of the Carriage Museum over to another building on the grounds and down into the basement. They only give Strudels show's at certain times, and there will be a chilly day in Hell before I miss an opportunity to watch a rigidly professional Austrian baker show me how to make strudel. 

And this lady killed it. My goodness, was she good. We were there with two other German-speaking couples, so she gave all the directions first in German and then in English. And she didn't miss a beat.

It was impressive.

Plus we got a square of strudel with our tickets to eat during the demonstration. I had to take a picture of Moira's because I ate mine so fast. 

 They give you a number that you can call from anywhere in the world for help while making your strudel. Truth. I lost the flyer though. 

They give you a number that you can call from anywhere in the world for help while making your strudel. Truth. I lost the flyer though. 

 That's some good-el strudel!  Zing!

That's some good-el strudel! Zing!

Schönbrunn Palace is a fantastic experience. It's full of history and unbelievable craftsmanship (though you can't take pictures inside...).

Also, there are tons of opportunities for impressive Instagram pics. Which is key for any vacation. 

 

Ever been to a palace? What's the weirdest thing you saw?