Despite arriving into Vienna at 8:30am and getting little to no sleep, I still spent my entire Saturday traveling around the beautiful city. My first stop was the Schonbrunn Palace and gardens.
The Schonbrunn Palace, meaning beautiful spring, is one of the most visited attractions in Vienna since it opened to the public in the 1960s. The 1,441-room Rococo style summer home was built in 1642 and 465 acres of gardens were built around it. In 1996 UNESCO listed the Schonbrunn Palace, together with its gardens, as a remarkable example of Baroque art. Atop of 200-foot hill across from the palace lies the Gloriette, the most recent structure in the gardens.
The Gloriette, a neoclassicist structure, was designed as both a focal point and lookout point for the garden. Built in 1775 by Ferdinand von Hohenburg, the structure is made from recycled stone from the Roman ruins. It was originally used as a dining hall and festival hall for Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Maria Theresia. The Gloriette is dedicated as a monument to the “Just War,” which leads to world peace. Ironically the Gloriette was destroyed in WWII but was restored in 1947 and again in 1995. Today is there is a café located inside of the structure that offers a surreal view of the area.