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Schönbrunn Palace Vienna

Take a walk through imperial history inside Austria’s most popular and most regal tourist destination.

Schönbrunn Palace Vienna: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets. Follow a licensed guide through lavish interiors, learn about the Habsburgs Royal Family, and explore the ornate palace gardens. Meet your guide in front of the palace and start with an informative introduction to the history of the royal compound. Receive a modern audio device so that you can always hear the tour’s live narration along the way. Benefit from priority entrance tickets and gain quick access inside the palace. Marvel at the grand entrance and begin your guided walk through 22 staterooms of the famous Austrian palace. Admire the 40-meter long Great Gallery and the Hall of Ceremonies and see how the Habsburg Dynasty lived as you stroll through lavish halls and peek into private chambers. Listen to entertaining stories about the former royals, which are infused typical Viennese humor by your local and friendly guide. Learn not only about the fascinating history of the royal family of Habsburgs and the famous Empress Sissi but also about how the palace has evolved in modern times and where the royal descendants now live. Following the tour, enjoy the opportunity to walk around the gardens at your own pace and catch a glimpse of the Gloriette, an arch on top of a hill overlooking Vienna’s forests.

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Evening Tour, Dinner and Concert

2. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Evening Tour, Dinner and Concert

Spend a wonderful evening at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace with a tour, dinner, and concert. Immerse yourself in the world of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Joseph I and explore the imperial hunting lodge after hours with your smartphone. Tuck into a 3-course dinner before a classical concert. 15 minutes before the start of the Palace tour, please be at the main entrance of the Palace. One of our employees will welcome you there. Marvel at the magnificent architecture and exquisite interiors as you listen to your smartphone guide. Then, enjoy a 3-course dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of the palace. After dinner, head back to the Orangery to enjoy music by Mozart and experience a concert in the magnificent concert hall. Enjoy the marvelous overtures, arias, and duets from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s concertos and operas, such as “The Marriage of Figaro”, “The Magic Flute”, and “Don Giovanni”. The most popular arias, waltzes, and polkas of the waltz king Johann Strauss will delight you during the second half, such as “Die Fledermaus”, “The Gypsy Baron”, “The Blue Danube”, and “Radetzky March”. The orchestra is accompanied by 2 opera singers.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

3. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok)• Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Vienna Ring Tram • Plus more than 30 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 4 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • App guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

Vienna: Mozart and Strauss Concert in Schoenbrunn

4. Vienna: Mozart and Strauss Concert in Schoenbrunn

Take part in this excursion to a concert in the Orangerie Schönbrunn in Vienna, a city full of magical castles and palaces, spectacular musical events and a courtly tradition dating back many hundreds of years. In Schönbrunn you will experience the magic and spectacle of this UNESCO world heritage site, where Mozart once played the harpsichord. Feel welcome at the Schönbrunn Palace. Listen as the Palace Orchestra plays masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. On selected dates, the concerts take place in the Great Gallery or in the White-Gold Room directly in the Palace, in the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre or other concert halls in Vienna.

Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour with Cruise Option

5. Vienna: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour with Cruise Option

See Vienna's historic and modern highlights on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour with audio commentary. Choose between a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour pass to suit your schedule. All tickets include a self-guided walking tour with an optional guided walking tour or Danube River Cruise available. See some of "Old Vienna's" landmarks including the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. Proceed outside the city center past Prater Amusement Park to "Modern Vienna", with breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island on the Red Route. Starting in the city center, discover Vienna's famous palaces on the Blue Route. Pass the Hofburg Palace, then out of the city to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace. See the suburban areas of Vienna, the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus, and the “New Modern” Hauptbahnhof. With the Classic Ticket, benefit from 24-hour access to the sightseeing bus tour to see the best of Vienna in one day. Use the self-guided audio walking tour to learn more about the city at your own pace. With the purchase of a 48-Hour Premium Ticket, join an Inner City Vienna Walking Tour with a licensed guide who will lead you through the pedestrian area of Vienna’s Old Town. Learn more about the fascinating imperial history with comprehensive insight into some of its most notable buildings. Select the 72-Hour Deluxe Ticket option to enjoy a scenic Danube River Cruise. In the evening, gain a different perspective on the city with access to a Panoramic Night Bus Tour with a live guide. Admire the shimmering lights of the city to finish off one of your days exploring the Austrian capital.

Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

6. Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital. Upon activation, you will have 24, 48, or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). Enjoy countless benefits in museums and sights, exhibitions, theaters, concerts, shops, 20% off consumption at each of the participating restaurants, and much more for the duration of your stay (max. 7 days). Save up to 50% with the discounts. If you are traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holder. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. Download ivie, enter your 8-digit code to activate and hold your digital Vienna City Card.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers 3 different bus routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/CityHall - University - Sigmund Freud Museum - Votiv Church - Vienna Airport Lines - DDSG City Cruises - MAK - City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Main Station - Belvedere Palace - Lower Belvedere - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - National Theatre/City Hall - Schwedenplatz - Hundertwasser - Prater/Giant Ferris Wheel - Danube Tower - Old Danube - Uno City - Train Station - Museum of Crime - DDSG City Cruises - - Museum of Applied Arts – City Park - Strauss Monument - State Opera Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour with an app to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

8. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna. By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Private Tour

9. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Private Tour

Experience one of the top attractions in Vienna on this guided tour of the Schonbrunn Palace, Imperial Rooms, and Gardens. Discover the history and heritage of the Habsburg dynasty. Enjoy the nature, art, and architecture that represent the rich taste of Austrian royalty and get closer to the real history. With the 2-hour option, you will follow the original route of the Highlight Tour, which is exclusive for customers purchasing skip-the-line guided tours. Explore 24 of the Schonbrunn Palace's most beautiful imperial rooms and chambers, including the private apartments of the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominion, Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina. Learn about the fascinating lives of the palace’s former inhabitants and immerse yourself in the imperial wealth and opulence of the Habsburg dynasty. In each of the rooms, admire different styles of ornate decor, art, and furniture. The route includes highlights such as the luxurious Great Gallery, the exotic Chinese Cabinets, and the magnificent Hall of Ceremonies. Your private guide will also show you around the UNESCO-listed Schonbrunn Garden, which features beautiful formal gardens, fountains, and 32 sculptures. See the nearby hill crowned by the Gloriette structure with columns and arches, designed to glorify Habsburg power and the Just War. The 3-hour option includes a 2-hour Highlight Tour of the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens with a convenient pickup and drop-off service from your accommodation in Vienna. Choose the 2.5-hour option to get the full experience of the imperial wealth and luxury at the Schonbrunn Palace by taking the Grand Tour route, which includes 40 chambers to explore with no waiting lines. Discover 40 exquisite staterooms that reflect three centuries of the golden age of Austria. Marvel at the outstanding decoration and furnishings from the time of Maria Theresa, featuring chinoiserie and East Asian elements, in particular, the Blue Chinese Salon and the Vieux-Laque Room.

Vienna: Strudel Show with Tasting at Schönbrunn Palace

10. Vienna: Strudel Show with Tasting at Schönbrunn Palace

Visit the famous Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and enjoy the original Strudel Show in the court bakery of the Café Residenz. Head down the stately steps to the historic vault where people have baked for centuries. Here a spectacle guaranteed to whet your appetite takes place every hour – the Strudel Show. Discover how the original Viennese apple strudel is prepared. See how the strudel dough is stretched out so thin you could read a newspaper through it. At the end of the show, enjoy the freshly baked apple strudel. You will also be given the original recipe for Viennese apple strudel so you can try baking the apple strudel at home yourself.

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What people are saying about Schönbrunn Palace Vienna

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 11,167 reviews

I recommend it to everyone, even if compared to other cities it is a lot more expensive. It is also true that the most important attractions are included. The only flaw is that it can't be done exactly for all the days you want (as in my case). Surely, however, if you intend to visit a lot, it is also worth buying because it allows you to skip many things, which saves time and often it is enough to scan the code of the same, without making a ticket.

Everything there was amazing even if it was a rainy morning and we couldn't enjoy the garden tour. The architecture, the history of the Schonbrunn palace and the astonishing beauty you see in every corner. Our guide, Antonia, was very knowledgeable of the place's history and explained everything pretty well. I highly recommend you take the guided tour it's totally worth it. P.S. Don't skip the Gloriette, it's a must see.

The guide Stefan shared all his knowledge, in a charming way, for more than two hours. We learned new interesting stories about the history of Habsburg dynasty while visiting the Schonbrunn palace. I spent three days in Vienna and this was the most interesting experience there.

I recommend the purchase to be able to visit almost all of Vienna without worrying about tickets and long queues

Fantastic experience. A must do in Vienna. Very close up and personal. The chef was fabulous.