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31/43.- Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace

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The Schönbrunn Palace, as you can see in the photo, is one of Vienna’s most beautiful buildings. Here is where the Empress Maria Theresa lived with her 16 children and her husband Emperor Francis I. Years later this was the place chosen by Napoleon as his headquarters during his Austrian campaigns.

In 1744-1749 Nikolaus Pacassi created the present exterior, some years after the completion of the Palace (1713). The palace has its origins in 1559, when Emperor Maximilian II who was looking for a hunting lodge purchased a mansion in the outskirts of the city (not any more nowadays).

The Building is wonderful, and so are the gardens, let’s take a look at them ...

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