May 12 / Video / This is Vienna Calling: Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – The team of oikotimes.com is in Vienna and besides the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, our editor Vassilis Karelas prepared a series of videos to explore the city of Vienna, host city of the 60th Eurovision edition. In this video we explore Schönbrunn Palace.
Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
In the year 1569, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II purchased a large floodplain of the Wien river beneath a hill, situated between Meidling and Hietzing, where a former owner, in 1548, had erected a mansion called Katterburg. The emperor ordered the area to be fenced and put game there such as pheasants, ducks, deer and boar, in order to serve as the court’s recreational hunting ground. In a small separate part of the area, “exotic” birds such as turkeys and peafowl were kept. Fishponds were built, too.
The gardens and palace have been the location for many films and television productions including such productions as the Sissi trilogy in 1950s, A Breath of Scandal with Sophia Loren and also briefly in James Bond’s The Living Daylights when Bond and Kara are riding through the palace garden. The palace is also seen during the end credits.(1987). The comedy The Great Race was filmed there in 1965. The television drama The Crown Prince starring Max von Thun as Crown Prince Rudolf and Klaus Maria Branderer as Kaiser Franz-Josef was more recently filmed there. Austrian television series, Kommissar Rex has shot several episodes there. Dutch violinist Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, along with the Opera Babes used it as the back drop for a version of the European Anthem, “Ode to Joy” in 2003.