Schonbrunn: the most important imperial palace in Austria. It was used as the Hapsburg’s summer residence during the early Seventeenth Century.
The castle is set in extensive grounds, where there was once a wood outside the city boundaries. Many changes were made to the building over the centuries, especially in 1693 when it was knocked down and rebuilt from scratch by Leopold I who wanted the project to be inspired by the royal palace of Versailles to celebrate the Hapsburg’s power.
Since it is the most visited building in the city, tourists make it a compulsory stop; both the apartments as well as the splendid and immense gardens can be visited.