Situated in an idyllic setting in the middle of the former imperial hunting grounds, now Lainzer Tiergarten, is the "Palace of Dreams", as Empress Elisabeth once called her villa. Emperor Francis Joseph gave it to her in the hope of persuading his wife – a keen traveller – to spend more time in Vienna.
It took over five years for the famous Ringstrasse architect Carl von Hasenauer to build the villa, a model for many romantic country houses devised for the haute bourgeoisie. The villa took its name from the statue of "Hermes as Guardian" standing in the garden.
Gustav Klimt’s works have become part of an international round of motifs, but where exactly did he complete his paintings? His studio, from 1911 until his death in 1918, was in what is now known as the Klimt Villa in Vienna. Klimt rented a cottage in what is today Feldmühlgasse Number 11, where, as he wrote, he “toiled away” on his opus. The house, which itself has a colorful history, has been revitalized for the current Klimt Year. There is a permanent exhibition featuring Klimt’s studio – the only one of his former ateliers in Vienna.
Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, one of the most renowned architects of his time, designed the Palais Schönburg, located in the heart of Vienna, and surrounded by a 15.000 square meter park. Other famous buildings designed by Hildebrandt are the Belvedere Palace and the St. Peter’s Church in Vienna. The palace was constructed between the years 1700 and 1706 on behalf of Earl Gundakar Starhemberg. On account of its remarkable acoustics, world famous musicians including Leonard Bernstein, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus Vienna, the Wiener Konzerthaus-Quartet, Alfred Brendel and many more, chose this location during the 1960s and 70s to perform and record their work.
The Baroque jewel is located in Vienna’s fourth district, at Rainergasse 11, approximately one kilometre away from the Vienna Opera. The building and the park were recently completely renovated and are now resplendent in new brilliance. Since the summer of 2008, the beautiful “Residence for your Events” can be rented for parties and other events.
The Palais Schönburg provides high voltage power lines (indoors and outdoors), an AC system, elevators and wifi as well as a large catering area.