From 1772 to 1780 Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf added some of the final touches to the Schloss Schönbrunn palace park under the instructions of Joseph II. The stately Gloriette building, its crowning glory, was added in 1775. The view, looking back towards the palace with Vienna shimmering in the distance, ranks among the best in the city. It’s also possible to venture onto the roof.

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1. Neptunbrunnen

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A riotous ensemble from Greek mythology, this extraordinary garden folly at Schloss Schönbrunn was commissioned by Maria Theresia in the 1770s. Neptune,…

2. Roman Ruins

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Sitting at the foot of Schönbrunn hill, these quaintly artificial Roman ruins, with their arches, friezes and busts, were created as a folly in the…

3. Schöner Brunnen

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The original Schöner Brunnen fountain, from which Schloss Schönbrunn gained its name, now pours through the stone pitcher of a nymph near the Roman ruins.

4. Schloss Schönbrunn Gardens

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Within the sprawling, partially forested Schlosspark, the beautifully tended formal gardens of the palace, arranged in the French style, are a symphony of…

5. Tiergarten

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Founded in 1752 as a menagerie by Franz Stephan, the Schönbrunn Tiergarten is the world's oldest continually operating zoo. It's home to 712 species of…

6. Schloss Schönbrunn

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The Habsburgs' opulent summer palace is now a Unesco World Heritage site. Of its 1441 rooms, 40 are open to the public; the Imperial Tour takes you into…

7. Palmenhaus

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Built in 1882 by Franz Segenschmid as a replica of the greenhouse in London’s Kew Gardens, the 2500-sq-m Palmenhaus was the world's largest of its kind…

8. Kindermuseum

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On the ground floor of the western wing at Schloss Schönbrunn, the palace's children's museum showcases imperialism. Activities and displays help kids…