The word “Gloriette” refers to a building in a garden that is located on an elevated site. The largest and most famous of these is the Gloriette in the palace garden of Schönbrunn in Vienna.
It was built in 1775 by Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg as a “Temple of Fame” to commemorate the “just war that led to peace”. This meant the turmoil that followed the annexation of Silesia by Frederick the Great.
For reasons of economy Maria Theresa decided that already used materials should be used. “There is an old gallery of stone columns and cornices at Neugebau, which is of no use … to have them demolished from there and brought to Schönbrunn afterwards”.
Later it served as a dining and banqueting hall as well as a breakfast room for Emperor Franz Joseph I, who used it until his death.
From 1790 to 1910 the three middle arches of the Gloriette were glazed. After several decades as an open building, a historic-style glazing was reinstalled in the course of the restoration in the 1990s.
Café Gloriette finally opened its doors in April 1996.