1010 Vienna, Ballhausplatz 1 (690.005/005)
General and Historical Facts
After the Cillihof courtyard had burnt down in 1525, Emperor Maximilian II (1527– 1576) had a new residence built for his son, later Emperor Rudolf II (1552–1612). Construction started in 1575 and was completed in 1581.
In 1710, the connection wing to the Leopoldine Wing was erected, and probably the octagonal clock tower with its moon clock as well (a sun clock was added in 1842).
The name "Amalia’s Residence" or "Amalia’s Wing" goes back to Empress Wilhelmine Amalia (wife of Emperor Joseph I), who lived there after her spouse had died.
The rooms were refurbished under Maria Theresa (1717–1780), to be inhabited by her daughter Maria Christine, Leopold II (1747–1792), Empress Elisabeth (1837– 1898) and Emperor Charles I (1887–1922) in the years to come.
Empress Elisabeth’s apartments are used as museum exhibition rooms today, while the remaining rooms are used by the Federal Chancellery.
The museum rooms are operated by Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.,
which also runs a Homepage Sisi-Museum Hofburg dedicated to them.
Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.
Burghauptmannschaft Österreich – Departments in charge:
Building Management Dep. 302 – Alte Burg
HVAC Dep. 306 – HVAC
Property Management Dep. 201 – Administration
Telephone: Dep. 103 – Telecommunications (Federal Chancellery)