From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752, it is a remarkable Baroque ensemble and a perfect example of Gesamtkunstwerk.
Why should you visit the Schönbrunn Palace?
The site is of outstanding universal value being an especially well preserved example of the Baroque princely residential ensemble, which constitutes an outstanding example of a Gesamtkunstwerk. The Palace and Gardens are exceptional by virtue of the evidence that they preserve of modifications over several centuries that vividly illustrate the tastes, interests and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
- The story goes that After Emperor Maximilian acquired the site of the current palace converted it into a hunting ground. One day, while on a hunt, his son, Emperor Matthias, stumbled upon a beautiful spring and exclaimed ‘So ein schöner Brunnen’ (what a beautiful spring), which led to the name Schönbrunn.
- During its heyday, some 1,000 people lived in the 1441 rooms and halls of the complex. Forty of these rooms – grand state apartments and the rooms of Franz-Josef and Elisabeth (Sissi) – are open to visitors.
- On the left of the famed Neptune fountain, lies the faux Roman ruin. It was built by Ferdinand de Hohenberg in 1778. Such ruins were a rage at that time as it provided a romantic backdrop for theatre productions.
Year of Inscription: 1996
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