Schönbrunn Palace began its life as a hunting ground for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Eleanora Gonzaga loved hunting there and spent much time at the palace. It was bequeathed to her as her widow’s residence. The present form of the palace took shape in during the 1740s and 1750s during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa.
It was used as the summer residence in Vienna and was the site of many births and deaths. Isabella of Parma died there in 1763, shortly after giving birth to a short-lived daughter, Maria Christina. Maria Josepha of Bavaria also died there in 1767. The future Queen of France Marie-Antoinette spent some of her childhood there and her sister Maria Carolina of Austria was born there. Basically it’s filled with memories.
It’s open to the public but unfortunately photography is not allowed inside. The Palace is located at Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47 and the entrance fee ranges due combi tickets and several tours. It’s expensive, so opt for the combi ticket if you’re also looking to visit the Hofburg palace.
The gardens of Schönbrunn.
The Gloriette from the distance. The Gloriette is dedicated as a Monument to Just War, that which leads to peace.