World Heritage #0786 – Schönbrunn

Last modified 03.04.2022 | Published 23.09.1990Austria, North and Central Europe, World Heritage Sites

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The emperors must have been staging huge parties in the park and halls of the Schönbrunn. At least there is ample space to do so.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

  • Full name of site: Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
  • Country: Austria
  • Date of Inscription: 1996
  • Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 786:

“From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752, it is a remarkable Baroque ensemble and a perfect example of Gesamtkunstwerk“. 


My visit

I was in 1990 on an InterRail passing through Vienna and spent half a day at this wonderful palace and its gardens. The Habsburgers certainly knew how to spend money, was my thought. Well, I returned in 2019 and had more or less the same opinion. I will have to write more about this I suppose. 

Read about my visit in 1990. The 2019 visit it yet to be told.

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