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Place #1
Distance: 0.92mi , Attraction : Garden Park
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Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien, Austria
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Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens is a magnificent historical complex located in Vienna, Austria. It holds great cultural and historical significance and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Here's some information about Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens:

The construction of Schönbrunn Palace began in the late 17th century under Emperor Leopold I, and it was completed during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century. The palace served as the summer residence for the Habsburg dynasty, who ruled Austria for several centuries and held a special significance for the family. Initially a hunting lodge, it was transformed into a grand summer residence under the reign of Empress Maria Theresa.

The palace became the preferred residence of the Habsburg rulers and witnessed many significant events, such as the signing of the Treaty of Schönbrunn in 1809 between Napoleon Bonaparte and Emperor Francis I of Austria.

The palace showcases a stunning blend of architectural styles, including Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical. The impressive façade features a yellow color, which gives the palace its distinct appearance. The interior is lavishly decorated with magnificent rooms, including the Grand Gallery, the Millions Room, and the Hall of Ceremonies.

Schönbrunn Palace serves as a venue for various cultural events throughout the year. These include classical concerts, theatrical performances, and the famous Schönbrunn Palace Concerts, which feature the music of Mozart and Strauss.

The palace is surrounded by vast gardens that cover an area of 1.2 square kilometers (280 acres). The gardens were designed in the Baroque style and later expanded with English and French landscaping elements. They feature numerous fountains, sculptures, flowerbeds, and well-manicured lawns. 

Positioned on a hill in the gardens, the Gloriette is a grand triumphal arch with an observation terrace on top. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the palace, gardens, and the city of Vienna. The Gloriette also houses a café where visitors can enjoy refreshments.

The Privy Garden is a smaller, more intimate section of the gardens. It is characterized by geometric patterns, neatly trimmed hedges, and decorative flower arrangements. The Privy Garden was originally reserved for the imperial family and their guests.

Ever wonder where the oldest zoo in the world is? It’s right here!  Within the palace grounds, you'll find the Tiergarten Schönbrunn, which is the oldest zoo in the world. It is home to a wide variety of animal species and provides an enjoyable experience for visitors. Additionally, there are several other attractions, including the Orangery, the Palm House, and the Desert Experience House.

Continue on Schonbrunner as we approach our next destination on our tour where we will meet the music makers and the dreamers of the dream.


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Place #2
Distance: 0.92mi , Attraction : Driving
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B1 239, 1120 Wien, Austria
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Famous Figures
Some of the finest musicians and minds of all time have graced the city of Vienna with their presence and influence. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's time in Vienna is widely regarded as one of the most significant periods in his life and musical career. He moved to Vienna in 1781 at the age of 25, seeking better opportunities and greater recognition as a composer.

Mozart's musical prowess and charm made him popular among the Viennese elite, and he enjoyed the patronage of influential figures, including Emperor Joseph II.

Vienna, during the late 18th century, was a vibrant and culturally rich city, known as a hub for musicians, artists, and intellectuals. Mozart's arrival coincided with the blossoming of the Classical era in music, and Vienna served as the epicenter of this musical revolution. 

In Vienna, Mozart found a fertile ground for his compositions and quickly established himself as a leading figure in the musical circles. He initially gained popularity as a pianist, captivating audiences with his virtuosity and improvisational skills. However, his true genius was displayed in his compositions, which ranged from symphonies and chamber music to operas and choral works.

During his time in Vienna, Mozart composed some of his most celebrated and enduring masterpieces. These include his last three symphonies (No. 39, 40, and 41), his famous operas such as "The Marriage of Figaro," "Don Giovanni," and "The Magic Flute," as well as numerous piano concertos and string quartets.

However, despite his musical successes, Mozart faced financial difficulties during his time in Vienna. He struggled to secure a stable position and relied on income from teaching, performing, and publishing his compositions. Mozart's extravagant lifestyle and lack of financial acumen contributed to his financial woes, leading to mounting debts and a precarious financial situation.

Tragically, Mozart's time in Vienna was cut short by his untimely death in 1791 at the age of 35. The exact cause of his death remains a subject of debate, but it is believed that he succumbed to a severe illness, possibly rheumatic fever.

We’ll talk about another famous musician, Beethoven, when we get to the Vienna Opera House later in the tour. But for now let’s check our heads and over analyze something. Any ideas where we’re going with this? 

Sigmund Freud, the Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, spent the majority of his life and career in Vienna. Freud was born in Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic) in 1856 and moved to Vienna with his family at the age of four. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and later specialized in neurology. 

Freud's career took off when he began treating patients with psychological disorders, particularly hysteria, through the use of hypnosis. However, he later abandoned hypnosis and developed his method of free association, in which patients freely express their thoughts and associations to uncover unconscious conflicts and desires.

What about the man himself? Did you know that Freud struggled with a cocaine addiction during the late 1880s and early 1890s? Freud became interested in the potential therapeutic uses of cocaine, which was then a legal and widely available substance. Initially, Freud experimented with self-administering small doses of cocaine and wrote positively about its effects, noting increased energy, improved mood, and enhanced productivity. He even wrote a paper titled "On Coca" in 1884, praising the benefits of the substance. His addiction began to have negative consequences on both his personal and professional life. Eventually, Freud recognized the detrimental effects of cocaine and began to distance himself from its use.

Freud also had a peculiar fondness for cigars. It is said that he was rarely seen without a cigar in his hand or mouth. Smoking cigars became an essential part of his daily routine, and he believed it helped him think and concentrate. Freud even had a special chair made for him, with an ashtray attached to one of the arms, so he could comfortably smoke while conducting therapy sessions. He reportedly smoked cigars during sessions and encouraged his patients to smoke as well, believing it helped create a relaxed and open atmosphere for discussion.


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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens
Map Pin Place 2 Famous Figures
Map Pin Place 3 Chocolate Factory
Map Pin Place 4 Naschmarkt and Shopping
Map Pin Place 5 Schloss Belvedere
Map Pin Place 6 Vienna State Opera House
Map Pin Place 7 Albertina Museum
Map Pin Place 8 Hofburg
Map Pin Place 9 Rathausplatz and Museums
Map Pin Place 10 Danube
Map Pin Place 11 Ankerhur
Map Pin Place 12 Wien River and Dining
Map Pin Place 13 Prater

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