"the Habsburg summer palace of Schönbrunn"
Schonbrunn Palace
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Tom Ovens

     Schönbrunn - the “Beautiful Fountain” - was started in the reign of Empress Maria Theresa. It was designed by Fischer von Erlach. Work began in 1697 and it was completed in 1713. His aim was to make it more beautiful than Versailles. Unfortunately, the costs of the War of Spanish Succession in 1700 took much needed funds away from the project and it was scaled down as a result. Nevertheless, it has 1200 rooms and its grounds contain what was the first major zoo in Europe.