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On the outskirt of Vienna is the Palace and Gardens of Schonbrunn. It was the residence of the Habsburg emperors of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The large empire once ruled over a large part of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and part of Italy, with population over 50m. It was the shooting of the Archduke of Franz Ferdinand of Austria that led to the opening conflict of the First World War.
Attached to the palace is a huge park. The main garden is often refers as the French garden, with the English garden on the west and unusually a zoo.
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The ApproachFemale sphinx guards the approach to the entrance of the palace.
The main gateThe main gate to the palace. The original two headed Hapsburgs eagles were replaced by two Napoleon’s eagles.
The facadeThe main entrance façade of the palace.
Many rooms in the West Wing were used as family rooms by Emperor Franz Joseph I and Queen Elisaberh.
Franz Joseph Study This was the study of Emperor Franz Joseph I. He spent many hours here managing the affairs of the empire.
The Mirror Room The Mirror Room used for public audiences. It was here that the infant Mozart gave his first concert at the age of six.
Bergl RoomsThe Bergl Rooms were designed by thepainter Johann Wenzl Bergl. In manyof the rooms facing the garden on theground floor he painted imaginativefrescoes of Indian landscape forEmpress Maria Theresa.
Palace Theatre 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.
The garden The garden was modelled on Versailles.
Gloriette 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.
Iron pavalion The iron pavilion in the ‘Crown Prince’s Garden’.
The obeliskThe avenue leading to the Obelisk and Cascade