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A Royal Retreat: Facts about Schonbrunn Palace

January 10, 2016 2:43 pm by

Vienna has a great deal of cultural history, from its imperial past to its classical music heritage. One of the most iconic buildings to visit in Vienna, and one that overarches Vienna’s imperial and classical history, is the stunning Schonbrunn Palace.

We decided to find our favourite fun facts about this beautiful historic landmark, after all, who doesn’t love a bit of trivia?

  • The reason the palace is such an important cultural monument is because it was the former imperial summer residence.


  • Vienna Zoo is the official property of the Schonbrunn Palace. It is the oldest recorded zoo in the world.


  • There are 1441 rooms in the palace. Only 40 of these are open for public viewing.


  • When the property was first constructed in the 14th century it was referred to as the Katterburg.



  • Mozart gave his first ever performance to the Empress in the Mirror room at the age of just six.


  • There are several gardens in the palace grounds. The French garden contains an intricate maze.


  • The Palace dates back to the Middle Ages. However, it has been added to and rebuilt in some areas since.


  • It was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1996.


  • The site is the most visited site in Vienna, with 2.7 million people visiting in 2011.