Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens – Vienna; Austria

Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna | Austria

Schönbrunn Palace - Vienna | Austria Austria, Vienna You can’t say you’ve seen Vienna if you haven’t visited this rococo Schönbrunn Palace. Once the former seat of the Habsburgs (say you know the story of Empress Sisi!), it’s now a museum....
Presidential Palace in the center of Warsaw, capital of Poland

Presidential Palace in Warsaw | Poland

Presidential Palace in Warsaw | Poland Poland, Warsaw We are used to calling this palace in Warsaw “The Presidential”, however, it has been a seat of Polish presidents only since 1994. This largest palace in Warsaw was also called: Koniecpolski Palace,...
Presidential Palace in Vilnius; Lithuania in Winter

The Presidential Palace | Vilnius

The Presidential Palace | Vilnius Lithuania, Vilnius This palace, located in the centre of Vilnius, has been the seat of the President of Lithuania since 1997. However, the history of this palace is much longer – the works on its construction began already in...
Palazzo Pubblico in the center of the city-state of San Marino

Palazzo Pubblico | San Marino

Palazzo Pubblico | San Marino San Marino Palazzo Pubblico, is otherwise known as the “public palace”. This 19th-century building is the seat of government of San Marino, a country surrounded by Italy. Its representation can be found on the two-euro coin....
Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) in Munich in Bavaria, Germany

Justizpalast | Munich, Germany

The Palace was constructed in years 1890-1897 in neo-baroque style. It became worldwide known for the story of “White Rose”. Justizpalast is today a home for Bavarian Department of Justice and the District Court I of Munich.

Pena Palace in Sintra in Romantism style; Portugal

Pena Palace in Sintra mountains | Portugal

We found the fairy-tale glow of the castle, which contrasted the evergreen hills of Serra da Sintra, quite unique. Each part of it had different paint and almost gave an impression of a separate building, taken out of different worlds, but with its own imaginative ornaments.

Palácio da Pena in Sintra Mountains, Portugal. Sunny day view from the park.

Palácio da Pena in Sintra Mountains | Portugal

Palácio da Pena as its name is in Portuguese, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best representations of Romanticism style in the world. It combines architecture styles of Neo-gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance. Be sure to take a walk not only inside Pena castle, but also around the castle itself. The view from some of the hills are remarkably outstanding and you will have an even better impression of the castle whilst seeing it from a distance.

The Gloriette and The Neptune Fountain in Vienna on a Summer’s day.

The Gloriette and The Neptune Fountain | Vienna, Austria

The Gloriette ensemble located up on the hill and The Neptune Fountain are part of the park surrounding Schönbrunn Palace – a must-see in Vienna. The outcome of this picture was more than what I had expected. The air on this day was hazy because of the heat, however, this haziness gave a glow to the marble statues on The Fountain and The Gloriette itself creating such a beautiful canvas.

Zwinger Palace in Dresden, Germany on a sunny day.

Zwinger Palace | Dresden, Germany

This section is a terrace that is part of the Zwinger Palace. The building and the courtyard inside are built in a Baroque style, which was famous for the rich, colorful ornaments and striking shapes. It really is a unique experience to see and has even more exceptional beauty on a sunny day. The name of the palace comes from the German word “Zwinger” which describes the open space between two walls.

Aljaferia Palace and different architecture styles in Zaragoza, Spain.

Patio de San Martin and Aljaferia Palace | Zaragoza, Spain

In the Aljaferia Palace, I enjoyed the connection of the styles the most. Though the Islamic palace has a very characteristic interior, with mixtilinear arcs and arabesque on large surfaces, this courtyard reminded me of a more gothic style. As I learned later, the name of this courtyard is Patio de San Martin.