Schonbrunn

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.

 

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Schönbrunn, a summer residence of the Austro-Hungarian emperors

Schönbrunn, a summer residence of the Austro-Hungarian emperors

Katterburg, the location of the current Schönbrunn Palace, was acquired by the Emperor Maximilian II. It was also favoured by his son, the Emperor Matthias, and the historic castle was rebuilt to a hunting-seat in 1569. The hunting-seat was unfortunately destroyed by the Turks in 1683, and in 1695, the Emperor Leopold I entrusted the main architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach with plans for a new palace to overshadow Versailles.

 

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Orangery at Schönbrunn Palace

Orangery at Schönbrunn Palace

Orangery at Schönbrunn Palace was originally conceived as a Baroque greenhouse for citrus trees and ornamental plants overwintering. The Habsburgs, however, soon began to use Orangery premises for majestic celebration and events.

 

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Neptune’s Fountain in the Schönbrunn’s Park

Neptune’s Fountain in the Schönbrunn’s Park

Neptune’s Fountain is situated at the end of Schönbrunn Palace garden where the hill with Gloriette begins to rise. It is monumental element that completes overall appearance of the park and Schönbrunn Palace.

 

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Gloriette above Schonbrunn palace park

Gloriette above Schonbrunn palace park

Gloriette above the castle park adds to the whole Schonbrunn majestic appearance. Construction of Schonbrunn castle started in 1696 under the reign of Leopold I. The grand project was launched with the intention to overcome the palace of the French kings at Versailles. Later, the plan was reduced, but Schonbrunn castle still has an impressive appearance.

 

Gloriette, monument to the soldiers of the monarchy

 

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