Tickets Tickets

Audience Chamber

Grand & Imperial Tour

Here the emperor received individuals who had been granted a private audience with the monarch. Members of the government, high-ranking military officers and court officials were also summoned here several times a week to deliver their reports.

The gilt rocaille decor, large mirrors and magnificent walnut panelling are typical features of the Rococo style, which reached its pinnacle during the reign of Maria Theresa.

Also known in archival sources as the Walnut Room, this room was furnished around 1765 for Emperor Joseph II as co-regent of his mother Maria Theresa.

A century later the stately room served Franz Joseph as his audience chamber. In adopting the furnishings of his predecessors on the imperial throne – also in the case of his residential apartments – he was as it were assimilating himself into the ranks of the rulers among his dynasty.

During the emperor’s lifetime, this room was the last in Franz Joseph’s apartments that was accessible to visitors. The following two rooms served as the emperor’s private residential suite, to which outsiders had no access. The difference in the interior decoration is striking: the private rooms are less sumptuously furnished, giving them a rather more relaxed atmosphere.

Billiard Room
Emperor Franz Joseph’s Study
Schönbrunn Palace Mobile App


Mobile App