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Schoenbrunn Palace
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The summer playground of the Habsburg emperors features landscaped gardens, beautiful ruins, an imperial zoo and a Baroque palace where Rococo runs riot.

The Hofburg Palace, in central Vienna, may have been the imperial showcase for the capital. But the imperial family's summer home of choice was the Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn). It may be a little smaller – with a mere 1,400 rooms – but it certainly had the location. When first built, it sat in the rolling fields beyond the city, in its own vast island of formal gardens and idyllic parkland.

That endless open space, landscaped to perfection, remains popular to this day: Schönbrunn Palace is the most visited of all of Vienna's multi-faceted attractions. The palace started out as a hunting park for the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II, when he bought the land in 1569. But it wasn't until the reign of Empress Maria Theresa in the 1750s that the Baroque masterpiece seen today was finally completed.

Forty of its rooms are open to the public now, and they demonstrate the power and wealth of the Habsburg rulers. Most of the rooms are decorated in fine Rococo-lacquer, traced with copious amounts of gold-leaf. The finest Bohemian crystal chandeliers hang from rooms like the Round Chinese Room and the Hall of Mirrors, where a six-year-old boy named Mozart once gave a concert.

Much of the attraction here lies outside of such palatial splendour. The Schlosspark, as the parklands are called, stretch over 120 hectares. Close to the palace, they include formal French-style gardens and immense ponds, and further out, landscaped woodlands. The dominating feature of the gardens is the Gloriette, a glowing-white “temple” built on a hill rising south of the palace. Today, this houses a café and offers great views back over Vienna.

The Schlosspark is also home to the Schönbrunn Zoo, which claims to be the oldest-running zoo in the world. It started out as an Imperial menagerie in 1752, but is now a zoo that is well-respected for its conservation efforts – and its Giant Pandas. And there's more – a fabulous 19th-century Palm House, Roman ruins, the Neptune Fountain and a 300-year old hedge maze. More than enough to keep the most energetic emperor busy all summer long.

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Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Vienna
Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Vienna
4.5 out of 5
Schlossallee 8, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$147 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.

Located in Penzing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vienna Technical Museum and Schoenbrunn Palace. Schoenbrunn Zoo and Stadthalle are also within ...

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Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
4 out of 5
Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$147 per night from 1 Apr. to 2 Apr.

Located in Hietzing, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Schoenbrunn Palace and Schoenbrunn Zoo. Schoenbrunn Bad is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Hietzing ...

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Schloß Schönbrunn Grand Suite
Schloß Schönbrunn Grand Suite
4.5 out of 5
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, Vienna
The price is NZ$993 per night from 30 Mar. to 31 Mar.

Located in Hietzing, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vienna Technical Museum, Schoenbrunn Palace and Schoenbrunn Zoo. Wiener Stadthalle and ...

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"As you might expect when staying in a palace, everything was perfect. The suite is gorgeous; the experience of staying in the Grand Suite is unforgettable. Ronnie Miller, the host for our stay, was very helpful and made sure our stay was perfect, even suggesting a wonderful place for dinner. Wandering ..."…"

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Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Vienna
Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Vienna
4.5 out of 5
Schlossallee 8, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$147 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.
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4 out of 5
Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14, Vienna, Vienna
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Schloß Schönbrunn Grand Suite
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Austria Trend Hotel Maximilian
Austria Trend Hotel Maximilian
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