Under Unusual Arrangement, in Austria, Castles Aren’t Just for Kings


VIENNA (AP).- Robert Tidmarsh’s eyes light up when he talks about the sprawling park surrounding Schoenbrunn Palace, one of Austria’s most famous landmarks — and his to enjoy every time he comes home. “My garden’s quite nice!” says the 59-year-old as he describes the calm that spreads over the impeccable lawns after the daily throngs of tourists are locked out in the evenings. His garden? Well, sort of. Tidmarsh lives in an apartment on the grounds of the UNESCO world heritage palace that members of the Habsburg dynasty lived in when they ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In this Alpine nation gilded with the grandeur of what was once Europe’s most powerful royal house, several state-owned former imperial palaces aren’t just museums — they’re home for scores of lucky ordinary people. Under the unusual arrangement, the state makes available some of the residential wings of Habsburg