About three miles from the central part of Vienna is the Schönbrunn Palace where the Habsburg rulers of Austria used to have their summer residence. The Schönbrunn is sort of like the Versailles of Vienna, though it doesn’t get quite as crowded as Versailles, and the name of the palace translates to “beautiful spring.” It’s a fitting name, seeing as how the palace, like much of Austria, is beautiful place. After the collapse of the Hapsburg dynasty at the end of World War 1 the Schönbrunn became a museum and today it is one of Vienna’s top attractions. The room in today’s photo is the Schönbrunn’s Great Gallery and it was here that US President John F Kennedy met Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1961.

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