Baroque Residences in Austria

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Schönbrunn Palace (GermanSchloss Schönbrunn [ʃøːnˈbʁʊn]Central BavarianSchloss Scheenbrunn) was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, located in HietzingVienna. The name Schönbrunn (meaning “beautiful spring”) has its roots in an artesian well from which water was consumed by the court.

The 1,441-room Rococo palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historic monuments in the country. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. It has been a major tourist attraction since the mid-1950s. 

Schönbrunn Palace – Wikipedia

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The Belvedere is a historic building complex in ViennaAustria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the third district of the city, on the south-eastern edge of its centre. It houses the Belvedere museum. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.

The Belvedere was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, which at the time was both the imperial capital and home to the ruling Habsburg dynasty. This period of prosperity followed on from the commander-in-chief Prince Eugene of Savoy’s successful conclusion of a series of wars against the Ottoman Empire.

The palaces suffered considerable damage during World War II. Parts of the Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere and the Hall of Grotesques in the Lower Belvedere were destroyed by bombs. After reconstruction work was completed, the Österreichische Galerie reopened in the upper palace on 4 February 1953. The Baroque Museum opened in the lower palace and the Museum mittelalterlicher österreichischer Kunst (“Museum of Medieval Austrian Art”) opened in the Orangery on 5 December 1953.

Belvedere Palace – Wikipedia

Laxenburg castles are imperial palaces and castles outside Vienna, in the town of LaxenburgLower Austria. The castles became a Habsburg possession in 1333 and formerly served as a summer retreat, along with Schönbrunn palace, for the imperial Habsburg dynasty. Blauer Hof Palace was the birthplace of some members of the royal family, including Crown Prince Rudolf. Another castle nearby is named Franzensburg castle.

Franzensburg castle

Today the castles are used for events, conferences, and concerts. The castles also acts as a museum in preserving the various paintings and furnishings contained within.

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Old Laxenburg

Old Laxenburg Castle became a Habsburg possession in 1333 and was extended in the 17th century by Lodovico Burnacini. The Blauer Hof (German for: blue court) or Neues Schloss (German for: new castle) was built around 1745 during the reign of empress Maria Theresa and has a Rococo interior.

After the Anschluss of Austria in 1938, the municipality of Laxenburg became part of the city Vienna.

Schloss Laxenburg – Wikipedia

Palais Schwarzenberg is a Baroque palace in front of SchwarzenbergplatzLandstraße, the 3rd district of ViennaAustria. It is owned by the princely Schwarzenberg family.

Construction started in 1697 under the architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt and finished with alterations in 1728 under Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Construction was supervised by master-builder Anton Erhard Martinelli. In 1751, a riding school and an orangery were added. The richly decorated Marmorgalerie (marble gallery) is one of the largest features in the palace.


Today, parts of it are a five star hotel and the building is used for festivities and events.

It doubled as James Bond’s hotel in the 1987 movie The Living Daylights.

Palais Schwarzenberg – Wikipedia


Halbturn Castle was built between 1701 and 1711 by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as a hunting lodge for Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. His daughter, Empress Maria Theresa, had it enlarged and gave it to her daughter Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen. In 1955 it was inherited by Baron Paul Waldbott von Bassenheim, a Habsburg matrilineal descendant. In 2008 it passed to his nephew, Count Markus von Königsegg-Aulendorf.

Schloss Halbturn – Wikipedia

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Schloss Esterházy is a palace in EisenstadtAustria, the capital of the Burgenland state. It was constructed in the late 13th century, and came under ownership of the Hungarian Esterházy family in 1622. Under Paul I, 1st Prince Esterházy of Galántha the estate was converted into a baroque castle which remained the principal residence and center of administration of the family for over 300 years.

Modern view of the rear of the palace — in the end only the central portions of the classical redesign could be completed.

Currently, the palace is under the ownership of the Esterházy Foundation. As one of the most substantial palaces in Austria, it is a major tourist attraction. Visitors may view a number of rooms as well as the furnishings and artwork, and may also tour the extensive grounds behind the palace. There is a wine museum and gift shop. Guided tours are offered, as well as concerts in the Haydnsaal.

Schloss Esterházy – Wikipedia

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Eggenberg Palace (German: Schloss Eggenberg) in Graz, is the most significant Baroque palace complex in the Austrian province of Styria.

With its preserved accouterments, the extensive scenic gardens, as well as some special collections from the Universalmuseum Joanneum housed in the palace and surrounding park, Schloss Eggenberg ranks among the most valuable cultural treasures of Austria. Eggenberg Palace is situated at an elevation of 381 meters on the Western edge of the city.  

Its architectural design and the still visible imprint of centuries of history continue to bear witness to the vicissitude and patronage of the one-time mightiest dynasty in Styria, the House of Eggenberg.

In 2010, the significance of Schloss Eggenberg was recognized with an expansion to the listing of the Graz Historic Old Town among the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.

Surrounded by walls, with a huge portal facing West, the palace is located in the Eggenberg district of Graz and can be reached by tram line. The northern corner of the palace grounds features the Planetary Garden and Lapidarium of Roman stonework as well as the entrance to the new Archeology Museum, which houses the Cult Wagon of Strettweg. At ground level, the palace houses a numismatic collection (Coin Cabinet) located in the former rooms of Balthasar Eggenberger, owner of the imperial minting license and operations in the Late Middle Ages. On the upper level, the Alte Galerie encompasses a large array of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art from the medieval era through the early modern period, spanning five centuries of European art history.

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The entire complex remained in the possession of the Herberstein family up to 1939. Shortly before the war, Schloss Eggenberg was acquired with the park by the state of Styria. The oldest museum in Austria, the Joanneum, which was established on 26 November 1811 by Archduke Johann of Austria, took over management of the palace and park. The Joanneum conducted extensive restoration work to repair the damage that occurred during World War II and the subsequent occupation by the Allies and in 1953 Schloss Eggenberg and the Eggenberg Schloss Park were finally opened again to the public.

Schloss Eggenberg – Wikipedia

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Trautenfels Castle (German: Schloss Trautenfels) is a palace located in the district of Liezen in Styria. It lies directly on the Enns at 673m in the municipality Pürgg-Trautenfels on a cliff protrusion at the foot of the Grimming.

After passing through numerous owners, the palace was bought by Josef Count Lamberg in 1878. After the Second World War the Styrian Youth Hostel Association (Jugendherbergswerk) acquired the palace and managed it until 1983. At this time the palace came into the possession of the municipality of Pürgg-Trautenfels and the state of Styria. Its renovation and the revitalization for use as a museum occurred from 1988 to 1992 based on plans by the architect, Manfred Wolff-Plottegg. In 1992, the Steierische Landesausstellung (Styrian Provincial Exhibition) took place here. Today the palace is home of the Regional Landscape Museum of the Universalmuseum Joanneum.

In honor of the castle the Bremer shipping company Deutsche Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft “Hansa” (DDG-Hansa) has given her 1975 newly acquired heavy-lift ship the name Trautenfels.

Schloss Trautenfels – Wikipedia

Palais Auersperg, originally called Palais Rosenkavalier, is a Baroque palace at Auerspergstraße 1 in the Josefstadt or eighth district of Vienna, Austria.

Palais Auersperg – Wikipedia

More buildings in Austria:

Vienna Rathaus

Schloss Schönbrunn (Vienna)

Crows & Flak Towers (Vienna)

Flak Towers & Politics – Military History in Austria/Germany

Grazer Rathaus, Austria

Hohensalzburg Castle, Austria

Schloss Eckartsau

Pyramidenkogel Tower, Austria

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Austria

German and Austrian Culture!


  1. Unfuck U · September 10, 2020

    Thanks for this excellent portrait of my home country!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Viking Life Blog · September 10, 2020

      You are welcome. More will come, I am planing a little post about your government building.

      It’s a shame, that our big brother Germany takes attention away from Austria.


      • Unfuck U · September 10, 2020

        OUR big brother Germany?
        You’re Austrian?

        Liked by 1 person

      • Viking Life Blog · September 10, 2020

        No, I am Danish. Germany is our brother, too 🙂


      • Unfuck U · September 10, 2020

        Denmark!! We go on vacation every summer in Søndervig! Only this year we didn’t come because of that silly Covid-game the Danish government played.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Viking Life Blog · September 11, 2020

        Yeah, I am sorry for that..

        When the borders opened at June 15, Danes were booking much more than normal and guest from Germany and Norway was booking a lot, too. So I imagine everything was booked very quickly.

        The west coast is wonderful, I have been there a few times, too. I live in Copenhagen.


      • Unfuck U · September 11, 2020

        Yup. You couldn’t even rent a bathtub.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Unfuck U · September 10, 2020

        Hey if Germany is your brother as well as ours – we’re brothers as well 😃

        Liked by 1 person

      • Viking Life Blog · September 11, 2020

        You are absolutely right, brother.


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