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Walnut Room (c) SKB, Photo: Alexander Eugen Koller

The Walnut Room was furnished with the wooden panelling that gives it its name as an audience room for Joseph II around 1765, when he became co-regent with his mother, Maria Theresa. The gilt rocaille décor, large mirrors and the original console tables that were reinstalled in the room when it was restored are typical of the Rococo style which came to full flower in Austria during the epoch of Maria Theresa.

This imposing room also served as an audience chamber for Franz Joseph a hundred years later. Here he gave audiences to his generals, ministers and court officials.
On Mondays and Thursdays any of the subjects of his empire could request an audience with the emperor. From these audiences Franz Joseph developed
an astounding memory for names and faces, a faculty he retained well into old age.

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