Vienna, the capital of Austria, is located in the eastern part of the country on the Danube River. His artistic and intellectual legacy was formed thanks to his residence, including Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud.
The city is also known for its imperial palaces, including the Schönbrunn, the summer residence of the Habsburgs with its splendid imperial rooms and a fantastic garden. Here lived Maria Teresa, Emperor Franz Josef, Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sisi and other monarchs. The entrance to the summer palace is included in the Vienna Pass card, this and 60 other connections you can visit without the need for long waits, which usually happens in the high season.
The Palace of Schönbrunn is one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Europe. In possession of the Habsburgs from 1569, the wife of Emperor Ferdinand II, Leonor Gonzaga, ordered a palace of pleasures to be built on the premises, which she named “Schönbrunn.” The palace and gardens, built after the Turkish siege from 1696, underwent a profound reform commissioned by Maria Teresa. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO’s world heritage due to its great historical importance, its unique character, and its magnificent construction.
The palace park of Schönbrunn can be visited free of charge throughout the year, and it contains impressive fountains, statues, monuments, trees, and flowers, as well as the splendid Glorieta. The Imperial Carriage Museum, the Crown Prince’s garden, the Oraniengarten garden, the labyrinth, the zoo, the Palm House and the Desert House are also part of the palace park and can be visited free of charge.
The palace has a total of 1441 rooms, of which 45 can be visited. The Hall of Mirrors of Schönbrunn Palace saw Mozart perform musical pieces when he was just a child prodigy. In the Chinese Oval Cabinet, Maria Theresa held her secret conferences with the State Chancellor, Prince Kaunitz. In the Hall “Vieux-Laque” Napoleon gave a lecture.
The Blue Chinese Hall was the place where, in 1918, Emperor Charles I signed his resignation to govern at the end of the monarchy. The Hall of Million, covered with rosewood and rich miniatures brought from India and Persia, is one of the most beautiful rococo rooms that exist. In the Grand Gallery, the members of the Vienna Congress met in 1814/15.
Spend a few hours walking through the gardens and relax near one of the fountains. For excellent views, head to the Glorieta, which is built on a small hill. Buy a cold drink in your coffee as a reward for your climbing. Nearby you will find a replica of some Roman ruins, which has decorative flowers planted.
The Schönbrunn Palace is six kilometers (four miles) from the center of Vienna and can be easily reached by public transport. The property is open every day and admission is free, although you must pay a fee to enter the palace, the zoo, and other attractions.