Imperial Schönbrunn Palace

Imperial Schönbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn castle in Vienna is a symbol of Viennese elegance and it is usually „must“ place for all visitors of Vienna. Summer imperial residence was a favorite place of staing of Empress Sisi. At the time, the Baroque imperial summer palace was located near Vienna. During the tour, do not miss the Schonbrunn palace garden with Neptune fountain and impressive Gloriet, which rises majestically above the Schönbrunn Palace.

 

History of the Schonbrunn castle

 

The place of today's castle was favourite place of Emperor Mathias in the early 17th century. The place was called Schöner Brunnen (beautiful fountain) according to source of of fresh water that gushed out here. Emperor also Mathiasbuild up hunting lodge there. However the hunting lodge was severely damaged by the Turks during second siege of Vienna in 1683.

 

Construction of a new imperial summer residence began in 1696 during the reign of Emperor Leopold I. The Schonbrunn imperial summer residence was designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The majestic baroque Schonbrunn residence was built with the intention to overcome the Versailles palace of the French kings.

 

The plan was reduced later during the war of the Austrian Succession. Even so, the Schönbrunn dispose total of 1,441 rooms and there are also a large garden area a nearby castle. 40 rooms are accessible to tourists on a tour of the castle. Entrance to a large part of the garden and park is free. Schönbrunn Palace together with large garden area was in 1996 included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5.9.2012 | Prague guide | Cities |
Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
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