Schönbrun Park : Michelin's recommendations
Open to the public in the 18C, Schönbrunn Park has since become Austria's top tourist attraction. Designed by Jean Tréhet in the late 17C, in classical French style with formal flowerbeds and paths leading like stars from thickets and fountains. A vast central perspective** takes the eye to Neptune's fountain and then on to the famous Gloriette**, perched on a mound above two lakes, its elegant arcaded gallery standing out against the skyline. In the summer, visitors can have coffee there and admire the superb view over the castle and surrounding area. The park contains a number of small buildings such as the Little Gloriette where Maria Theresa sometimes had breakfast or the romantic late 18C Roman ruin, the setting for the fourth act of Edmond Rostand's play L'Aiglon. Nearby is the Schöner Brunnen, the «Beautiful Fountain» which gave the place its name, and the Obelisk decorating a pool. In one part of the park are also three more extensive sites: the imposing Palmenhaus*, inspired by the palm house at Kew Gardens, London, is the largest tropical greenhouse on the continent. Children and adults alike will also enjoy the popular Tiergarten*. This is Europe's oldest zoo, created by François of Lorraine, the husband of Maria Theresa in 1752. The Tyrolean garden with a farm for children adds an alpine touch to the park. Finally, the Botanical Garden created in 1845 is filled with rare plants gathered in expeditions to remote countries.
- Address : Schöbrunner A - 1130 Wien1130Wien
- Phone : 0181113239
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.schoenbrunn.at
Opening hours :
- Jul-Aug: 8.30am-6pm; Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct: 8.30am-5pm; rest of year 8.30am-4.30pm