Thursday, September 21, 2017
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens
The Schönbrunn Palace started out as a hunting lodge in the 17th century. It was later built and remodeled during the reign (1740-1780) of the Empress Maria Theresa and was used as her imperial summer residence. Following her death in 1780, the palace was not used again until the reign of Emperor Franz II in the early 19th century. At that time, it was renovated and refurbished to bring it up to date and given the appearance it still retains today. Franz Joseph, the longest reigning emperor of Austria, was born here in 1830 and spent much of his life at Schönbrunn. He died here at the age of 86 in 1916. Following the downfall of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918, the palace became the property of the Austrian Republic and was preserved as a museum.