Friday, 3 August 2012

Viennese Escapes: Schloss Hof
The Manor Farm of Prince Eugene

Manor Farm of Schloss Hof
A state of the art Baroque farm

View over the South Side
To the left and right of the main structure
the orangery buildings

One of the flower gardens
in front of the greenhouses

Orangery
One of two mirror-faced greenhouses
built by architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt
for Prince Eugene in the early 18th century,
making use of leading-edge technology of the time

Entrance to the tree-shaded courtyard
leading to the stables, kitchens, and
vegetable and herb gardens beyond

Prince Eugene's Schloss Hof
is a sight to behold, the palace and
its extensive Baroque gardens and the view
of the Lower Austrian countryside are magnificent,
a place where summer's dreams may well come true.
The manor farm, too, is anything but humble-looking.
Walking along its paths its beauty takes my breath away,
each and every time I manage to get out there

Schloss Hof is on hour's drive
from the Opera on Ringstrasse.
In summertime, when the weather is good,
you'll experience Baroque exuberance and grandeur
in the countryside and return to the city relaxed and filled with joy

Links:
-> Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663 - 1736) - a young immigrant from France, who rose to fame and wealth at the Imperial Court in Vienna
-> Prince Eugene, the ‘Noble Knight
-> Austrian architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt (1668 - 1745)
-> Schloss Hof: Meierhof - Manor Farm at Schloss Hof

Images and Text © by Merisi



15 comments:

  1. A hillybilly farm it ain't for sure :-).
    Beautiful.

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  2. Oh my
    the light is so crystaline there
    I can't even come up with a bad poem...
    Too beautiful!

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    1. Oh, Carol! :-)
      Thanks for the laugh, I really needed it, after four hours of steadfastingly cleaning out my files (filling a huge IKEA paper bag with papers for the recycling bin).

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  3. that farm is a lot better kempt than our farm was.

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    1. The whole place had fallen into disrepair. Thankfully, the Austrian Department of Trade and Industry and the State of Lower Austria decided to save Schloss Hof from its Sleeping Beauty fate and stop the progressive deterioration. During the past decade, extensive renovation has restored the complex to its former beauty.

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  4. And look at all the clear blue skies - we've not seen many like that in the UK this year! :)

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  5. What a lovely place and such beautiful blue skies indeed!! Terrific captures for the day, Merisi, as always! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

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  6. Ah, the life of a prince is so grand! The top photo looks more like a five-star resort that a farm. :)

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  7. wow! those reflections are gorgeous! :)

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  8. Interesting about that greenhouse! Lovely views, Merisi! Have a great weekend!

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  9. This place i would love to visit. Magnificent. Thanks for sharing and also for visiting my site. See you around:)

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  10. Wow, these are impressive buildings and to think that their bone structure has kept them standing for so long and still quite grande. I love the elegance of such places, and stand in awe. The entrance to the tree-shaded courtyard
    leading to the stables, now that is where I would spend a great deal of time~

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  11. how fun to visit history still surviving in Vienna...

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  12. Thank you all for your kind comments!
    A wonderful weekend to all of you,
    Merisi

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