Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, Vienna Austria
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The spectacular Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) was built in the early 18th century (between 1696 and 1730) in a beautiful park-like setting and remains one of Austria's leading attractions. Previously, in 1569 Emperor Maximilian II acquired a small summer palace in a converted mill on this site. Emperor Leopold I commissioned an Imperial palace on the site of what was then known as the Palace of Klatterburg. He hoped it would rival the Palace of Versailles. Baroque Schönbrunn Palace with its 1,441 rooms and apartments was built between 1696 and 1730, and soon after converted into a residence for Maria Theresa, the only female Habsburg ruler. Further alterations took place between 1816 and 1819, and following severe damage in WWII, reconstruction was completed in 1952.