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!

Birthplace of the EU

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Maastricht

From Ischa in the Netherlands, I received this awesome postcard of Maastricht. Ischa was the first person to trade postcards with me from my blog. So far, she has also been the only person to do so. Maastricht is not your typical Dutch city, she tells me. Apparently there are a lot of French and Belgian influences in the city. Maastricht is also known as the birthplace of the EU and the Euro through the Maastricht Treaty that was signed here. Maastricht is also one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. There is some debate as to whether Maastricht or Nijmegen are the oldest cities but it would seem as though historians do consider Maastricht an older settlement. Very interesting to know!