A zoo with history
It would be wrong to dismiss Tiergarten Schönbrunn as just a big zoo. After all, as Europe's oldest zoo, it is located on historic grounds; and even today, the imperial heritage of the facility is palpable. In 1745, Franz I, husband of Empress Maria Theresia, commissioned the construction of a menagerie - the predecessor of modern zoos. The baroque pavilion located in the center was once intended for breakfasts of the nobility. By the end of the 18th century, the grounds at Schönbrunn were filled with animals; during the transition to the 20th century, they were slowly transformed into an animal-friendly zoo fit for visitors. On site, the Historical Path offers insight into its entire history.