Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the famous Habsburgs dynasty, is Austria’s most popular site—and for good reason. The spectacular, sprawling structure houses almost 1500 rooms and has an extensive area open to the public.
The palace was built at the end of the 17th century by Emperor Leopold I on the site of an old imperial château. Along with its glorious gardens, Schönbrunn provides a unique insight into the lives and loves of a long line of Habsburg monarchs. In the early 18th century, the palace became a focus of court life under the eccentric command of Maria Theresa.
In the company of a local expert, we’ll explore the magic of the summer palace and delve into the hidden narratives of its gilded details and ornate furnishings. We’ll look at ancient artwork and painstakingly preserved interiors, sparking discussions of the complex and interwoven history of the Habsburg Monarchy, and its far-reaching imperial legacy.
At the end of our time together, we’ll have a deeper understanding of how one family came to garner such wide geo-political influence, and how this history has an influence that is visible in Vienna even today. After the walk there is the opportunity, weather and time permitting, to explore the extensive palace gardens independently.