Schönbrunn Palace – at home with Sisi & Franzl
Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria's most important cultural heritage sites, and is definitely one of Vienna's biggest attractions. Even before Romy Schneider starred in the film adaptation of Empress Sisi's life, the palace had long been a tourist magnet. Today, Schönbrunn Palace draws millions of visitors to Vienna.
Relaxing in royal footsteps
The monarchy was barely over when the people of Vienna discovered the recreational opportunities offered by the palace's impressive park. Today, tourists, joggers, and locals going for a stroll all share the park. After taking over the park, the citizens of Vienna seized the opportunity of visiting the palace itself – a tour that approx. 1.5 million Austrian and international visitors now enjoy each year.
Add that number to the 5.2 million visitors to the park and you get a total of 6.7 million visitors each year. But don't worry, the park is big enough for you to find a quiet spot. And with its 1,441 rooms, the palace isn't exactly small, either. 45 of these rooms are accessible to the public.
In December 1996, Schönbrunn Palace was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a list founded in 1972, during the 20th meeting of the World Heritage Committee. Sounds important. Well, it is! This honor confirms the worldwide importance of this unique palace and its adjoining gardens as baroque masterpieces.