Schonbrunn Palace - The Hapsburg Palace in Vienna

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The former imperial summer palace of the Hapsburg monarchs. It is situated in Vienna and it is one of the better known European palaces.

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First created 21 Aug 2012. Version 1.0 - 28 Aug 2012. Jerry Tse. London . Schonbrunn All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. The Hapsburg Palace in Vienna

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Female sphinx guards the approach to the entrance of the palace. The Approach

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The main gate to the palace. The original two headed Hapsburgs eagles were replaced by two Napoleon’s eagles. The main gate

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The Palace

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The main entrance façade of the palace. The facade

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Decorations on the main façade. The facade

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One of the two fountains on the forecourt. The forecourt

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East Wing

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The Blue Chinese Salon reflects the 18C fashion for Chinoiserie. It was in this room in 1918, Karl I declared the end of the Habsburgs monarchy. Blue Chinese Salon

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The wall paper in the Blue Chinese Salon. Blue Chinese Salon

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The Vieus-Laque room is decorated with Japanese lacquer panels set into dark brown walnut. Vieus-Laque Room

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During the French occupations of Vienna in 1805 and 1809, Napoleon chose the palace as his residence. He also married to Marie Louise, the daughter of Emperor Franz I. Napoleon Room

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Only the chandelier, wall bracket and the clock are pieces of genuine Meissen porcelain, in the Porcelain room. Porcelain Room

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The Porcelain room. Porcelain Room

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It is said the in 1767 Empress Maria Theresa paid over a million gulden to decorate this room in Rococo style. Million Gulden Room

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Set into the wall panelling of Central American rosewood are antique Persian miniatures of the court life of the Indian Mogul empire in the 16C and 17C. Million Gulden Room

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The Gobelin Salon with its wall covered with 17C Gobelin tapestries. Gobelin Room

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State Rooms

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The Ceremonial Hall was mainly used for celebrating family occasions, such as weddings etc. Ceremonial Hall

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The Equestrian Room derived its name from the paintings in the room, commissioned by Maria Theresa. Equestrian Room

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The Round Chinese Room used by Maria Theresa to discuss state affairs with her advisers. The Round Chinese Room

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This was the magnificent centrepiece of the palace for state occasions, with high mirrors. The Great Gallery

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West Wing

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Many rooms in the West Wing were used as family rooms by Emperor Franz Joseph I and Queen Elisaberh.

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This was the study of Emperor Franz Joseph I. He spent many hours here managing the affairs of the empire. Franz Joseph Study

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The Mirror Room used for public audiences. It was here that the infant Mozart gave his first concert at the age of six. The Mirror Room

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The Bergl Rooms were designed by the painter Johann Wenzl Bergl. In many of the rooms facing the garden on the ground floor he painted imaginative frescoes of Indian landscape for Empress Maria Theresa. Bergl Rooms

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Bergl Rooms

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The oldest Baroque theatre in Vienna provided a stage for many performances by the royal families and performances by the famous musicians, like Haydn and Mozart. The theatre is a separate building with its entrance from the palace forecourt. Palace Theatre

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The Garden

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The garden was modelled on Versailles. The garden

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The colonnaded Gloriette was built on the crest of the rise in 1775, commission by Joseph II and Maria Theresa. It was dedicated as a Monument to Just War. It was used as a dining hall as well as a breakfast room. Gloriette

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The iron pavilion in the ‘Crown Prince’s Garden’. Iron pavalion

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The avenue leading to the Obelisk and Cascade The obelisk

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The Obelisk and Cascade The obelisk

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The garden

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The highlights of the garden the Gloriette and the Neptune Fountain. Highlights

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The Neptune Fountain with its snow white marble sculptures. Neptune Fountain

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The Neptune Fountain with its seahorse and triton. Neptune Fountain

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Thetis kneels before Neptune begging his help for her son Achilles on his voyage to Troy. Neptune Fountain

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The Palm House was completed in 1882. Palm house

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The Naiad Fountain. Naiad Fountain

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The Naiad Fountain. Naiad Fountain

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Unusually, the palace garden includes a zoo, commissioned in 1752 by Maria Theresa. The Zoo

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All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. The End Music – My Love Song Should Be a Waltz performed by Andre Rieu.

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