The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace ©Ulf Liljankoski/Flick

Visit the summer residence of Empress Sisi. You will be charmed by the Baroque building, and the view of the park, the Palmenhaus (Palm House), the Gloriette and the Schonbrunn Zoo.

You can spend an entire day at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Visit the palace rooms choosing the “Grand Tour with Audio Guide,” then take a look of the  luxurious rooms ceremony and the splendidly furnished lounges, then take a walk in the maze corridors of the park.

Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace ©Francisco Antunes/Flick

Important residents of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

The Schönbrunn Palace is the former summer residence of the imperial family and one of the most beautiful Baroque architectural complexes in Europe. It is the posession of the Habsburg’s since 1569. In 1642 the wife of Emperor Ferdinand II ordered the building of a summer palace and called it for the first “Schönbrunn”. The Palace built after the Turkish siege in 1696 and the park was fundamentally rearranged by Maria Theresia after 1743.

The Gloriette in the court of the Schonbrunn Palace

The Gloriette in the court of the Schonbrunn Palace ©Gabriele Diwald/Flick

In 1830 Emperor Franz Joseph was born in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, who married the charming Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916. The monarch spent his last years only in the palace, which went to the administration of the new republic only two years after his death.

Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace ©Ulf Liljankoski/Flick

The most famous rooms of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Today, the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is part of UNESCO cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique location and the splendid or furniture.

The palace has 1,441 rooms, of which only 45 can be visited. The furnitures and the interior decorations in rococo style (especially white stucco ornaments of 14k gold leaf) are complemented by the Bohemian crystal chandeliers and the porcelain stoves.

Ceiling of the Schonbrunn Palace

Ceiling of the Schonbrunn Palace ©pdbreen/Flick

The private and office rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph are simple and not ornamented, the protocol and guest rooms are luxurious. In the Hall of Mirrors performed Mozart at only six years old when he was a wonder child.

In the round Chinese Cabinet Maria-Theresa kept his secret conferences with Prince Kaunitz, the chancellor of the state. In the Vieux-Lacque room even Napoleon held confereces. In Chinese Salon, decorated in blue, Emperor Karl I signed his abdication from the throne in 1918 (end of the monarchy).

Room of the Schonbrunn Palace

Room of the Schonbrunn Palace ©mt 23/Flick

The Millions Hall of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, decorated with rosewood panels and valuable miniatures brought from India and Persia, are among the most beautiful rococo rooms ever.

In the Grand Gallery took place the Congress of Vienna from 1814/15, today serves as decoration for the special occasions of official receipt at the state level.

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