Palm House and Butterfly House, adjacent to the Hofburg palace’s Burggarten, provide a popular restaurant and a tropical butterfly house, with 40 species of butterflies.
Palm House was added to the park in 1901, built from plans by Friedrich Ohman, replacing an earlier, more modest greenhouse (from 1822).
Since 1998, the historical Art Nouveau style Palm House has been a popular restaurant / bar.
The restaurant is especially popular on summer afternoons, as its terrace fills with Viennese ‘beau monde‘ people, enjoying the world-famous cakes and pastries.
As you plan your visit to the Palm House, you can read their menu online, at www.palmenhaus.at.
PHOTO: Palm House, a Art Nouveau pearl, has had, since 1999, within the left wing, ‘Schmetterlinghaus’, or, in English, a ‘Butterfly House‘.
PHOTO: Palm House restaurant is one of the Vienna’s best meeting places, with Hofburg, Burggarten, and Palm House providing the views. Having a postcard perfect milieu, Palm House has become a popular place for high-profile weddings.
PHOTO: Burggarten highlights include one of the most photographed monuments in Vienna, a statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On the monument, Mozart is standing on top of a pedestal reflecting events from ‘Don Giovanni‘. The composer was born, in fact, in Salzburg, but lived in Vienna from 1781 until his death, in 1791.
PHOTO: Burggarten was a favorite place within Hofburg for HabsburgEmperor Franz Joseph and his wife, the popular Empress Elizabeth (“Sissi“). As you enter the park from the Albertinaplatz side gate, you’ll be greeted by the Habsburg symbol, a crowned, two-headed imperial eagle.
In addition to visiting the Palm House restaurant, you should consider visiting the Butterfly House, located on Palm House’s left wing.
Palm House and Butterfly House
Address: Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Official websites: www.palmenhaus.at, Schmetterlinghaus.at
- over 40 species of butterflies,
- tropical plants,
- impressive, tall trees, and
- beautiful waterfalls.
The tropical butterflies were imported to Austria from Thailand, Costa Rica, and Brazil.