The conservatory was ordered by Emperor Franz Josef I. in 1882 and was constructed by Franz Xaver Segenschmid in the style of contemporary English Glass-Steel Architecture. It is the largest of its kind in continental Europe - total length 112 m, width 28 m, central part 25 m high.
The building used 600 tons of steel and 120 tons of cast iron.
In three climate zones mediterranean, tropical and subtropical plants are kept.
In February 1945 the renowned Palmenhaus was hit by a bomb
during an air-raid on Vienna.
From 1948 to 1952 is was repaired as good as possible, however it remained closed to the public due to safety reasons for water- and rust-damages.1968 a general repair was undertaken, which replaced for instance the old double glazing by contemporary glazing with isolating glass panes.
1988 the Plantfog-systems for all three climate zones were installed.
The fogging systems are still - after 15 years of constant use ! - in their original configuration.
For each of the three climate zones "cold", "temperate"
and "warm" an autonomous fogging system is installed on the galleries of the conservatory. The nozzles are virtually invisible and humidify the atmosphere very effective without dripping onto the many visitors on the ground level.
Fogging system in operation in one of the side wings the pressure lines are mounted in the rooftop.
Information from the Garden Manager, Mr. Tichy
Tel: +43 - 664 - 81 98 303