The Royal Palace

The graceful Royal Summer Palace, whose striking copper roof resembles an upturned boat, stands above the Stag Ditch and forms the eastern boundary of the Castle Gardens. It was built between 1538 and 1563 for Anna, consort of Emperor Ferdinand I, to the designs of Paolo della Stella, and construction was completed by Bonifaz Wohlmut.

The structure is an outstanding example of Italian Renaissance style architecture and features original exterior sculptures.

Today the Summer Palace hosts regular art exhibitions.

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