The Schönbrunn Palace complex includes not only the enormous palace, but also magnificent gardens, giant greenhouses and a zoo. There is no doubt that this place, with its impressive architecture, unique interior design and diverse artworks, has a central place in Austrian history.
The Schönbrunn Palace was built in Rococo style, during several generations of the Hapsburg Empire family, between the late 17th and mid-18th centuries. The palace has about 1,400 rooms, 40 of which are currently open to the general public.
In 1830 Emperor Franz Joseph, who was to rule the Austro-Hungarian Empire for the rest of his life, was born here. He lived in the palace with his wife, the Empress Cissi, the most beautiful queen in Europe and a beloved figure of the Austrian people. By the way, she did not sleep much in the palace. This is due to problems in the marriage of the imperial couple. The beautiful Cissi was murdered in 1898 by an assassin. The emperor himself continued to live in the palace until his death, in 1916. In fact, it was the end of the glorious Habsburg dynasty of centuries.
The park surrounding the palace was the hunting grounds of the royal family. In general, the prevailing opinion in the Baroque period was that the outer areas should complete the design of the palace. And that is how the palace's landscaped gardens were built. The fountains, arranged with flowers and small trees - all symbolize the Baroque period.
After the death of Emperor Franz Josef, in 1916, the palace became the property of the new Republic of Austria.
You will definitely enjoy an entire day in the complex, as it offers all kinds of activities for all ages and all kinds of interests - water pools, greenhouses, carriages museum, playground facilities and a bakery. One of the main attractions is a huge maze for both children and adults. In the summer months you can catch a ride on the tourist train surrounding the palace and gardens.
It is highly recommended to book tickets in advance and save time by not standing in line.