Gloriette is a French term for “little room” and this refers to a structure in a garden that’s built on a site slightly higher than the area around it. It is usually designed in the form of an open pavilion. The most famous gloriette in Vienna is the one in the Schonbrunn Palace. This was built in 1775, and was said to be the last project of renowned Austrian architect Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg.
This place used to be a dining area, breakfast room and festival hall of emperor Franz Joseph I. Today, it is a top attraction in Vienna that’s usually included in tours to the Schonbrunn Palace.
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