Schloß Schönbrunn – Vienna

Schloß Schönbrunn, or Schönbrunn Palace (Schloß, pronounced “schloss” – the ß is actually “ss”, means castle or palace), is located in Vienna and an imperial palace used for recreation (hunting, etc). Later on (18th century to 1918), it was the official residences of the Habsburg Emperors, most famously Maria Theresia, Joseph II and Leopold II. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the palace (not shown, we weren’t allowed to take photos), are 1400 rooms, showing how Austrian royalty lived. Every family member had multiple rooms (among the most impressive was the Marie Antoinette room) and rooms with themes (there were 3 Chinese rooms. Outside the palace are huge gardens, including a columbarium (bird house) (20), the Roman Ruin (21), as well as a modern Zoo and Hedge maze. But the most famous part of the garden is Gloriette (6, 7, 10, 13-15, 18, 19), which sits on a hill 60m in height. It was originally planned to be an even larger palace, but is instead a small pavilion overlooking the palace and all of Vienna (it now houses a cafe).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on April 7, 2011.

One Response to “Schloß Schönbrunn – Vienna”

  1. Wonderful post! I don’t know enough about Marie and Austria. Thanks for posting these photos.

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