The Schönbrunn Palace is the most significant attraction in Austria. The whole complex with gardens is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. According to the legend, Emperor Mathias saw the “beautiful springs” (Schöne Brunnen) during the hunt in 1612 and named the palace in their honor. The Schönbrunn Palace was built in 1696 (the architect was Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach). Than Empress Maria Theresa got the Schönbrunn Palace as a gift from her father and rebuilt it in the style that appears today. There are 1441 rooms of all sizes in the palace today. But guests can visit only 40 rooms, among them:
The Walnut Room is decorated in Rococo style. All balls and receptions were held there. Even Khrushchev and Kennedy meeting was here in 1961.
Vieux Laque Room
It is a memorial room that was created by Maria Theresa after her husband's death. Here you can see a portrait of the Empress in a black widow's dress and a portrait of her husband, painted after his death.
It is named in Napoleon honor who stayed there in 1805 and 1809. The son of Napoleon lived in this room until his death. The most favorite bird (a lark) of the Duke remains in the cage here.
Among Schönbrunn Gardens the most incredible are:
The construction of the fountain was completed in 1780. There are a large statue of Neptune and the nymph Fetida in the center of the sculpture.
Gloriette is a column building designed in the early classicism style. It consists of a central section in the form of a triumphal arch with Imperial eagle. The eagle also has two wings in the form of high semicircular arches. Interesting fact: the elements of the unfinished Schloss Neugebäude Palace were dismantled and transported to the Schönbrunn Palace for the reconstruction of the Park.
Let’s pay your attention to the unique ensemble of human-made ruins "The Ruin of Carthage", which was renamed to the "Roman Ruin". It consists of a rectangular pool framed by a massive semicircular arch with side walls, and numerous statues of Roman Gods.
Emperor Franz I Stephan the husband of Maria Theresa originally founded the zoo in the Schönbrunn. At the beginning of XIX century, the collection was significantly replenished with such animals as camels, elephants, giraffes, kangaroos.
If you enjoy the architecture, advice, you to look at the Hofburg Palace. This is the whole complex, where are gathered various architectural ensembles. It is a priceless treasure of the nation. Visiting the Palace once, you will get an unforgettable experience and decide to come back here more than once.
Information for visitors
Address: Vienna, Schonbrunner Schlossstrasse, 47
How to get there:
- underground (U4), Schönbrunn station;
- trams 10 and 58, Schonbrunn station;
- bus 10A, Schönbrunn station.
- April-June: daily from 8:30 to 17:00;
- July-August: daily from 8:30 to 18:00;
- September-October: daily from 8:30 to 17:00;
- November-March: daily from 8:30 to 16:30.
- adult: from 13 to 17€ with audio guide, 20€ with a guide;
- children ticket (from 6 to 18 years): 10€ with audio guide, 12€ with a guide;
- students, people with special needs: 12-15€ with audio guide, 18€ with a guide;
- school groups (up to 25 people): 6-10€ with audio guide.
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