- Location: Schonbrunner Schloss-strasse in Vienna
- Attraction Type: Historic palace
- Significance: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- Visiting hours: 1st Apr to Jun 30th – 8:30 am to 5 pm ; 1st Jul to 31st Aug — 8:30 am to 6pm;
Sept and Oct — 8:30 am to 5pm; 1st Nov to 31st Mar — 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
- How to Reach: By tram nos. 60, 58, 10; bus no. 15A and underground train to Schonbrunn
- Nearest International Airport: Vienna International Airport
Schonbrunn Palace is an enchanting and imperious representation of Habsburg monarchy. This baroque palace, originally a summer house of the emperor, was converted to a full fledged palace in 19th century. With its sprawling premises, elaborate interiors, and exquisite furnishings Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna has acquired a UNESCO World Heritage status. In addition to being a palace of historical importance, Vienna Schonbrunn Palace is also a venue for world acclaimed events.
Towards the middle of the 16th century, Emperor Maximilian acquired a converted mill to make it his summer palace. In 1683, after emerging victorious against the Turks, Emperor Leopold I appointed J.B. Fischer von Erlach to design an imperial palace on the same site as the summer house. Thereafter, between 1696 and 1730 a palace with more than 1440 rooms and apartments was built which subsequently became the residence of Maria Theresa. Of all these rooms only 39 are accessible to visitors. A few of these outstanding rooms are: Bergi rooms decorated by artist Johann Bergi, Great Gallery featured by ceiling paintings of Gregorio Guglielm, Ceremonial room characterized by gold framed paintings, Blue Chinese Salon with hand painted wall paper and spectacular Japanese vases, and Hall of Mirrors with gilded Roccoco framed crystal mirrors.
The palace premise is also an admirable place to discover. The Palace park with mythological characters and flowerbeds is in Baroque architecture designed by Fischer and beautified by J.F. Hetzendorf von Hohenberg and Adrian von Steckhoven. The Tyrolean Garden and Neptune’s Fountain are other tempting architectural creations.
Activities in Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Festival in memory of Mozart is held between early June and end August attracts renowned composers, talented performers and brilliant musicians from all corners of the globe. A drink from the Emperor’s Spring is believed to become handsome. Discover Persian and Indian miniatures brought from Constantinople ornamented in the Million Room. The Palace Chapel with the painting of ‘Apotheosis of Mary Magdalene’ by Daniel Gran is a must see on your visit to this palace.
Accommodation and Dining
Vienna being the capital of Austria has a wide range of hotels to suit the requirements of all types of visitors. Grand, Sacher and Im Palais Schwarzenberg are accommodations of 5-star category. If you prefer to stay in 4-star rated hotels you could select between Hotel Kummer, Best Western Hotel Das Tigra, Sofitel Vienna, and Bellevue. In the 3-star category you might choose to stay among Savoy Hotel Vienna, City Hotel Tabor, Ibis Wien Messe, Hotel Park Villa, and Park Inn Uno City.
The restaurants in Vienna cater to individuals of all tastes. ‘Lale’ is famous for its Turkish delights, while Grotta Azzurra specializes in Italian fare. At Figlmuller you would be delighted to savor German, Swiss and American recipes. For contemporary delicacies, Motto and Terrassen are the perfect places.