Schönbrunn Palace is attraction number one in Vienna. Spanish Riding School and St. Stephen’s Cathedral got a high class, but nothing beats Schönbrunn. Magnificent, beautiful and Austria’s most visited attraction. Welcome!
Schönbrunn was founded in 1569 and voted as one of the world’s most beautiful Baroque castles. Initially, the area was used primarily as a hunting ground, but Schönbrunn Palace took more and more shape to later be donated as a wedding gift for Maria Theresa. Theresa was Queen of Bohemia.
The Castle continued to develop. The emperor of the Empire of Austria-Hungary was born at the place and lived here until his death. Shortly after, in 1918, was the defeat of the Habsburg Empire a fact. The castle was converted into a museum.
Schönbrunn, which means “beautiful source”, became after the Second World War in British possession. Office, administration, and headquarters of the British forces made the place ideal for a meeting between the Cold War opposites. In Schönbrunn met in 1961, US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
Since 1955, the castle has been a museum. With its stunning architecture and gardens became Schönbrunn already in the 1950s, the most popular attraction in Austria. Today, visiting approximately 2.6 million people annually the castle. If you counting the buildings surrounding the castle, is the annual number of visitors over 5 million.
Schönbrunn and the surrounding area spreads over a large area. The heart of this area is the large gallery (Grosse Galerie). Here are dances, receptions and other events that require something extra organized.
Straight parallel from the castle runs gravel paths in the lush garden and at the end of these stands a fountain with Neptune as a model.
Furthermore, on a 60 m high hill is the most magnificent, the Gloriette. It is a kind of pavilion, which was used for really nice dinners and breakfasts for Emperor Franz Joseph. Upon the hill, you see the Vienna skyline. Today the building is a bar and coffee shop.
To describe Schönbrunn in words do not do the place justice. In addition, there is so much more to see. It is best to give yourself a chance to wander around the stunning gardens. Schönbrunn, the best attraction in Vienna.
Opening hours of Schönbrunn
Every day 8:30 PM to 5:30 AM during April 1 to November 1. Park gates are open an hour longer in the evening.
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47