Palace in Wonderland

Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Karin from Bad Kreuznach, Germany sent me this postcard of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. With a wonderland of stunning gardens, Schönbrunn Palace has been one of the biggest tourist attractions in Austria since the 1960’s. This palace with a staggering 1441 rooms was once the summer home of the Habsburg dynasty. On 8 October 2003, a commemorative 10 Euro silver coin was minted with the palace’s center on it. I have the postcard, now all I need is the coin! Thanks Karin!

Slovenia’s Always Welcome

Ptuj, Slovenia

Ptuj, Slovenia

Anna in the tiny country of Slovenia sent me this postcard of the city of Ptuj. I would sooner call Ptuj a town, since it only has 23 000 residents. I always like aerial shots of Slovenia, as it always seems like such a magical little country. It was first settled during the stone age and then later, during the iron age, the celts settled in this region. By the first century BC, it was part of ancient Rome. With a long and turbulent history, Ptuj has seen Celts come and go, Romans, the Huns, the Eurasion Avars, Slavic tribes, the Franks, the Styrians, the Austria, the Turks and the Germans at one stage or another called this area home or tried to kill those who did call it home. It does seem like a place with an incredible history. Thanks Anna!

The Hills are Alive

Austria

Austria

 

From Thomas in the land of the Sound of Music, I received this great postcard showing what appears to be a palace of some sort. Thomas did not tell me anything about this place and it appears as though the information on the postcard has been covered by postage stamps. Austria has always been a place that I have wanted to see. I would be very interested to know the name of this place. If you do know the name of the place and maybe have some wisdom of what its historical significance is, I urge you to comment on this post. It would be deeply appreciated.