In the west of Vienna, almost directly located at subway line U4 located, you can visit the Schönbrunn Palace. The origins of the impressive building reach back to the first half of the 17th century - but it was severely damaged during the Second Turkish Siege and subsequently rebuilt.
The Baroque palace has always been an imperial residence since it was extended to its present form for the Empress Maria Theresia during the mid-18th century. Until the end of the First World War and the associated end of the Habsburg monarchy, the castle was always a residence of the kings and emperors of Austria.
Schönbrunn Palace and its 160 hectare wide park are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and definetely one of the most visited sights in Vienna. Many beautiful fountains, a maze and magnificent avenues as well as romantic flowerbeds provide popular photo opportunities. After a walk from Neptunbrunnen up to the Gloriette you will be rewarded with a beautiful view over the Schönbrunn Palace and Vienna.
In addition to the visit of the castle park and the view from the Gloriette we would also like to highly recommend a visit to the Schönbrunner Tiergarten. The oldest animal park in the world covers an area of 16 hectares and is another main attraction of the city of Vienna. Founded in 1752, the award-winning Tiergarten attracts more than 2 million visitors annually and offers more than 700 different species.