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The Schoenbrunn Palace Orangery

The widowed Empress Wilhelmine Amalie had an orangery garden installed in Schoenbrunn with the purpose of overwintering her bitter orange plants inside a greenhouse.

Even today, concerts are held in grand old style in this historical location. Clad in historical dress, the Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra interprets the most famous works by Mozart and Strauss at the original location every evening.

A short history of the Orangery Schoenbrunn

At Franz I. Stephan’s instigation, the orangery building was erected by Nicola Pacassi around the year 1745. The south-facing façade is decorated with alternating smaller and larger round arches with pilasters decorated with masks. The inside spaces are marked by sectionalized flat vaults and a floor heating system ensured an adequate room temperature. However, the Orangery was much more than simply a winter home for citrus trees and potted plants, as it also served as a blooming winter garden for the royals’ festivities. Joseph II thoroughly enjoyed parties with festive table decorations inside the Orangery, which was full of illuminated citrus trees and flowers.

The back portion of the Orangery building is still being used in its original function to this day. In the front part, which has been renovated, the Schoenbrunn Palace Concerts are held.

Renting the Orangery

More information is available on the website of www.orangerie-schoenbrunn.at.

How to get there

By public transport

Underground train U4 from the town center to Stop "Schoenbrunn" (approx. 15 minutes) Take the forward exit of the subway station, follow the way to the pedestrian traffic light, cross the street (walking time is about two minutes). Diagonally left is the entrance to the Orangery Schoenbrunn.

By car

Drive along "Schoenbrunner Schlossstrasse" into town, past the main entrance of Schloss Schoenbrunn, until you reach the pedestrian traffic light. On the right side is the entrance to the Orangery Schoenbrunn. A large car & bus park is directly opposite of the Orangery.