Meet in a 17th Century Palace – what?

Ever consider meeting in an extensive, beautiful 17th century European palace?  What an experience for your attendees!  You can in fact plan a meeting, event, trade show, or food and beverage events at the Vienna Schonbrunn Palace.  Meeting here will be unlike any other meeting destination.  First of all, you will be in beautiful Vienna, Austria and secondly, your meeting will be at  world famous palace.

Originating in the 1600s, the Schonbrunn palace is vast and extensive in all it offers as a tourist destination but also now as a meeting and event possibility.  It is important to understand the history of the Schonbrunn Palace and the importance of it to the Viennese people.  Emperor Leopold I commissioned the Baroque and Roman trained architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to design an imperial hunting lodge for his son, Crown Prince Joseph at the end of the 17th century.  This Crown Prince later became Emperor Joseph I.  The chateau that was on the site and originally built for the dowager empress Eleonora of Gonzaga in 1642 grew into a palatial imperial residence over the course of the 18th century.  Many Viennese royalty claimed this as home, including the famous Habsburgs that ruled Austria for six centuries.

The palace opened it’s meeting and event space opened  in 2008 and it has been a huge success.  The meeting space is all concentrated in what was the former Apothecarie’s Wing on the east side of the palace grounds.  Meeting in the palace is popular due to its urban location, historical significance, meeting flexibility with over 18,000 square feet of meeting space, and state-of-the-art equipment.  This meeting wing offers 10 rooms of varying sizes.  Many rooms are barrier free and all events booked at the Palace provide direct access to the gardens which in itself is also a destination and popular with tourists.

The gardens opened in 1779 with 1.2 kilometers running east to west and 1 kilometer running north to south.  In 1996 UNESCO placed it on the list for World Heritage Sites.  It is quite spectacular with numerous gardens, fountains, monuments and statues, a maze and botanical gardens.

Having visited the Schonbrunn Palace a few times, it is quite spectacular and to offer an event or meeting there would be incredible for your attendees.  It definitely would be a unique experience for them and you as the planner would receive many accolades.  For more information click here


Julie Martinez, CMP, CMM is a meeting, event and incentive planning specialist providing consulting, strategic planning and on-site management.  She is a member and contributor of I-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events. Please connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her Twitter.


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