Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.

Ownership structure

Schloss Schönbrunn, with its gardens and zoological garden (Tiergarten), integrated into the Palace complex (total area, c. 1.2 square kilometres), is owned by the Republic of Austria. Maria Theresa's Last Will and Testament (1780) formed the basis for administration of the Palace, whereby the Court Treasury (Staatskasse) made a distinction between the building itself and its maintenance operations. Since formation of the Republic in 1918, the Ministry of Economics, today known as the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, has been in charge of administering the Palace, and until 1992, the entire Schönbrunn complex was administered by the Schlosshauptmannschaft Schönbrunn (a local government body).

Hofburg - Imperial Apartments & Sisi Museum & Imperial Silver Collection
Imperial Furniture Collection

Besides the Palace, the operating company runs a number of other exhibition tracts: the Imperial Apartments (since November 1994), the Imperial Silver Collection (since April 1995) and the "Sisi Museum" (since April 2004) at the Viennese Hofburg, as well as the Imperial Furniture Collection in Vienna's seventh district (since June 1998).

The two museum collections of the Imperial Apartments and the Imperial Silver Collection in the Hofburg, as well as the Imperial Furniture Collection, are managed under a lease which obliges Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. to administer the museums and perform all relevant duties, such as management operations, wage and salary payment, accounting, marketing, publicity work, and so on. The collections continue to be curated under the auspices of Dr Ilsebill Barta at Dept. 7 of the Ministry of Economics.

The aim of Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.

Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. sees itself as a tertiary-sector enterprise seeking to offer the best possible service to its international customer base.

The management's aim is to bring in the funds needed for renovation and maintenance of this priceless historic monument, while at the same time affording maximum protection to the Palace's historical substance.

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