Exclusive private openings with guided tours
Are you looking for an elegant way to begin an unforgettable evening, or do you just want to surprise your guests?
We offer a private opening of our collections: the Picture Gallery, the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, or the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, as well as the Treasury with its famous Habsburgs’ crowns and insignia. Or armour and historical arms at the Collection of Arms and Armour. Furthermore the Carriage Museum at Schönbrunn with vehicles, carriages and sedan chairs can be opened for an exclusive private tour.
The Secular Treasury offers a unique panorama covering a millennium of European history. This is the home of the most important collection of medieval royal objects: the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance.
Further highlights include the Crown of Emperor Rudolf II (which later on became Crown of the Austrian Empire), as well as the vestments and other precious items of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The Ecclesiastical Treasury offers a fascinating journey through the history of art, piety and religion. The items here tell of the medieval cult of relics, of the Catholicism of the Habsburgs to the era of the Counterreformation, of rulers’ post-baroque piety and Austrian folk religiosity.
Museum of Carriages
The “Wagenburg” building at Schönbrunn is home to the core of the former vehicle fleet of the Viennese Court. Following the demise of the monarchy in 1918, around 100 carriages, sleds, sedan chairs and litters along with their associated harnesses, saddles and caparisons remained.
The highlights of the Carriage Collection include the gilded “Imperial Carriage”, the Golden Carousel Carriage of Maria Theresia, the Child’s Phaeton of Napoleon’s son, the Black Hearse of the Viennese court, the personal Landaulet of Empress Elisabeth and the only preserved Court Automobile of 1914. A selection of carriages of the Princes Thurn and Taxis has recently been included in the collection on permanent loan.