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Schloss Schönbrunn – A fairytale castle with history

The Emperor’s summer residence at Schönbrunn

Schönbrunn Palace is more than just an impressive building; it is a grand, spectacular work of art. Visit this fascinating memorial to Baroque architecture, named as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO. Schönbrunn Palace also includes a huge park with shady avenues and colorful flowerbeds. Families with children will be interested in the Schönbrunn Zoo, which is the oldest still existing zoo in the world founded in 1752.

 

A tour of Schönbrunn palace

Visit Schönbrunn Palace to marvel at the unbelievable 1,441 rooms. You can have a look into 45 of these rooms. You will immediately notice the wonderful rococo decoration. The ornaments on the white wall and door surfaces have been decorated with 14-carat gold leaf, which is a perfect depiction of luxury and excess.

Enormous Bohemian crystal chandeliers hang overhead and reflect the light a thousand times. In Emperor Franz Joseph’s office, you will marvel at how simply and plain it is in comparison to the extraordinarily opulent representative spaces.

 

Historic moments in Schönbrunn

Schönbrunn Palace is a truly historic place. Napoleon conferred at Schönbrunn Palace, Maria Theresia held secret conferences and the end of the monarchy was sealed here with a signature when Emperor Karl I. relinquished government here in 1918.

When you walk through the hall of mirrors, you can imagine that Mozart already played music here at the age of six to delight the court with his talent.

 

Imperial time out

The maze, rebuilt according to historical plans, is entertaining for young and old. On 1.715 m² there is a viewing platform and two power-giving harmony stones. Additionally, on the site is the “Labyrinthikon” playground, which is very popular with both old and young.
After taking a tour of the castle and wandering through the labyrinth, take a break. Walk through the Baroque garden at the Neptune’s Fountain to the top of the “Gloriette” and relax like the then Emperor with a classic Viennese coffee.

 

Arrival to Schönbrunn Palace

You can reach the castle by public transport. From our two Viennese hotels, IMLAUER Vienna and Nestroy Vienna take the U2 underground at the “Taborplatz” in the direction of “Rathaus” and go one stop to “Schwedenplatz”. There you change to the underground U4 in direction “Hütteldorf” and go to the stop “Schönbrunn”.
The palace is open daily from 8 am until 5.30 pm, during the summer months of July and August even until 6.30 pm.

 

Photo: Schönbrunn Palace © WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud