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#313 Schloss (Palace) Schönbrunn Gloriette - Vienna (Austria)

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The crowning glory of the park is the Gloriette, a neoclassicist arcaded structure perched on top of the Schönbrunn hill. In the original plans of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach for Schönbrunn, the palace would be built here, with large terraces on the slope towards the city.

Instead the Gloriette was built here in 1775 by Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg as a monument to the soldiers who had given their lives for the empire. From the Gloriette you have a magnificent panoramic view, not only over the park and palace, but also over the city of Vienna. The Gloriette is home to a café where you can relax after the uphill climb.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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