Schloss Schönbrunn Gardens


Within the sprawling, partially forested Schlosspark, the beautifully tended formal gardens of the palace, arranged in the French style, are a symphony of colour in summer and a combination of greys and browns in winter; all seasons are appealing in their own right. The grounds, which were opened to the public by Joseph II in 1779, hide a number of attractions in the tree-lined avenues (arranged according to a grid and star-shaped system between 1750 and 1755).

From 1772 to 1780 Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf added some of the final touches to the park under the instructions of Joseph II: fake Roman ruins in 1778; the Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain), a riotous ensemble from Greek mythology, in 1781; and the crowning glory, the Gloriette in 1775.

The original Schöner Brunnen fountain gushes near the Roman ruins while the baroque Irrgarten – a maze complex – is a late-20th-century recreation with classical labyrinthine hedges, a viewing platform, games, puzzles and a contemporary playground devised by famous designer Günter Beltzig.

To the east of the palace is the Kronprinzengarten, planted with citrus and flush with pergolas, a pond and a tripartite parterre based on embroidery patterns.

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1. Neptunbrunnen


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

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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.

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