"Schmetterlinghaus - The Butterfly House" Schmetterlinghaus - The Imperial Butterfly House Tip by smschley


Walking around Vienna, we saw a building straight out of a Jules Verne book, the Schmetterlinghaus or, ?The Butterfly House?. I wasn?t that interested in butterflies but the building was gorgeous.

The story of this building starts in 1822 when a long greenhouse was erected in the Burggarten against the old city wall of Vienna. In 1901 the original greenhouse was torn-down to make way for the present greenhouse, an amazing example of that Victorian period.

This greenhouse was built by the Kaiser for entertaining and for periods of relaxation , taking five years to complete the construction of a 2050sq.m. building
Now it is home of the ?Butterfly house?. The house is 280 sq m. in area and contains hundreds of live free-flying tropical butterflies in a real tropical environment through its whole life cycle.

Address: Josefsplatz, 1010 Wien
Directions: in the Burggarten, right in the center of Vienna, just 200m from the opera.

Public transport: Underground: U1, U2, U4 to Karlsplatz / Oper

Tram: 1, 2, D, J to Opernring

Bus: 57A to Opernring

othercontact: fax: (+431/5322872
Phone: (+431/5338570)
Website: http://www.schmetterlinghaus.at/en/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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