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About Vienna - Your City Travel Guide

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Schoenbrunn palace, Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna

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Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace with its surrounding buildings and the huge park is one of the most significant cultural monuments in Austria. The castle was build to rival French Versailles in Baroque beauty and importance but House Habsburg lacked funds to outdo its rivalling nation France.
In earlier times it served as summer residence to various Habsburg rulers.

Emperor Franz Joseph (ruled 1848-1916), who was born here in 1830, spent the last years of his life entirely in Schönbrunn. In 1918, the palace became the property of the new republic. Due to this historical importance, its beautiful location and its gardens this palace is one of the very top sights in Vienna. Furthermore the entire complex was added to the UNESCO's world cultural heritage list.

Don't miss out on a tour of the residence itself and a chance to admire the magnificent apartments of Maria Theresia, her sitting rooms, bedroom and the parlour in which 6 year old Mozart used to play for the Empress, as well as the parlours and apartments of Imperial couple Franz Joseph and Sisi. The interior is an orgy of frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, huge mirrors and gilded ornaments.
When you are a tad tired after visiting almost 40 rooms bear in mind that you have seen less than 3% of the residence's 1441 rooms!

A Tirolian garden complete with original hut, orchard and pasture farm enhances the charms of Schoenbrunn castle and its park. Again, Archduke Johann was the driving force behind this project. Empress Sisi, too, was immensely fond of this alpine patch. In 1874, a second hut was built for her.

Schönbrunn palace also features a palm house with 3 climate zones and plants stemming from rain forests from all continents!

At the ‘Hofratstrakt’, somewhat hidden in the extensive parks at Schönbrunn palace, you can find a very special theatre: a puppet show! Professional productions with elaborate puppets and stage settings guarantee a successful evening.

EURO 2008 - activities at Schönbrunn Palace

The days preceding the finals, cultural highlights will add even more flair to this sports event. On June 27 Rolando Villazón will join his colleagues Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko for a concert in the Imperial park of Schoenbrunn castle. On June 28 Chinese star pianist Lang Lang will play together with the Vienna Philharmonic at the same location.

Schönbrunn Palace Schlosspark Schönbrunn, A- 1130 Vienna

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