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Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

Wien, Austria

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. Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens in Vienna is one of the most famous sights in Austria. The palace is a baroque palace built in the 17th century and now houses a museum. The gardens cover more than 600 hectares and are a true masterpiece of garden art. They contain a multitude of flower beds, magnificent buildings and sculptures, ponds and fountains, exotic plants and much more.

The palace is a popular tourist attraction and houses a variety of art collections, such as the painting gallery of Empress Elisabeth or the collections of porcelain and furniture of the Baroque style. Visitors can also see the various rooms once occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph and Elisabeth, also known as Sisi.

The gardens are a fantastic place to have a picnic, go for a walk or just enjoy the view. The gardens are divided into different areas, such as the Grand Parterre, the Rose Garden, the Tiergarten and many more. The castle also houses a labyrinth, a maze that will amaze and confuse visitors with its winding paths.

The palace and gardens of Schönbrunn are one of the most important sights in Vienna and are definitely worth a visit.