Some say it was an artesian well for fresh water destined only to the Royal Court. Others talk of a natural spring. Nobody doubts this to be the origin of the name Schönbrunn.
The story accordingly to the official website goes that the name reflects the exclamation made by young Emperor Matthias on discovering a spring in the grounds of the estate: “Ei, welch’ schöner Brunn’!” translates literally as , “Oh, what a pretty spring!”
Now around it a pretty monument and a name to last for ever. In case you are wondering who the beautiful woman is, she is the nymph Egeria wife and legal consoler of Numa Pompilius the second King of Rome after the founder Romolus.