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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.

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Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

2. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

Red Route On this route, you will learn more about the history of the famous Ring Street and the Hofburg Palace getting to know the life of the Habsburgs in Vienna. You will also have the possibility to explore the Prater with its Giant Ferris Wheel as well as the Danube Island. 1. Opera/Oper 2. House of Music/Haus der Musik3. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere4. Museums Quartier/ Mariahilferstrasse 5. Museums/Hofbug 6. City Hall/Rathaus7. Votive Church/Votivkirche 8. Schwedenplatz/DDSG River Cruise C9. Prater 10. UNO City/DC Tower 11. Danube Island/Donauinsel12. City Park/Stadtpark  Schönbrunn Blue Route This route guides you from the city center out to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere. You will learn more about Vienna’s imperial heritage and the life of Sisi. 1. Opera/Albertina2. Museums Quartier/Mariahilfer Straße 3. Museums/Hofburg4. Aqua Terra Zoo/Haus des Meeres 5. Mariahilfer Straße/Ibis Hotel 6. Schönbrunn Palace&Zoo/Schloss Schönbrunn7. Main train station/Hauptbahnhof 8. Upper Belvedere/Oberes Belvedere 9. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere Guided City Walk (only included in Premium and Deluxe tickets) Departure from Stop 1, Opera. The tour runs daily at 11:30 AM in English and at 1:30 PM in German. Discover the life of the Habsburgs by visiting Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Heldenplatz, and the Capuchin’s Crypt – the main place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburgs. The tour also covers the music in the city, from Mozart to Haydn and Beethoven, plus the many composers Vienna is famous for. The tour starts from Stop 1: Opera and lasts approximately 90 minutes and ends at St. Stephens Cathedral, the most important Gothic church in Austria. Explore the beautiful buildings and gardens of Vienna at your own pace from onboard the city’s open-top double-decker hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus, and learn how the Austrian capital developed from its early Celtic and Roman settlements to become the largest city in Austria. Regarded as a 'City of Music' for its extraordinary musical legacy, Vienna is also known as the 'City of Dreams' due to its association with the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and you can follow his story in the Sigmund Freud Museum. Stops along the way include the Haus der Musik, which presents the history of music through interactive exhibitions. Choose from multiple options including a deluxe tour that includes a 1-hour guided evening tour starting at 6:30 PM designed to give you a different view of the most iconic sights in Vienna. The onboard recorded commentary is available in 13 languages, providing valuable information to help you plan your day. Soak up the sights of the impressive buildings, then jump off at any of the stops listed above.

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Schönbrunn Palace: Tour with Gardens

3. Schönbrunn Palace: Tour with Gardens

Meet your guide at the former summer residence of the Habsburgs. Admire the Baroque façade of the palace, and then skip the ticket line and follow your guide inside to explore the extravagant Rococo interiors. Get a glimpse of what royal life was like and step into private apartments and rooms lit by chandeliers. Enter the Napoleon Room and Marie Antoinette Room. Marvel at the 40-meter-long Great Gallery where the Habsburg rulers held their elaborate parties. As you move through the 22 state rooms, hear stories about the personal lives of the Habsburgs. See how famous monarchs such as Empress Maria Theresa and Empress Sisi left their marks on the palace. Then, wander through the French-style gardens and stroll down the tree-lined avenues to discover Roman ruins and ornate fountains. See the Gloriette, a triumphal arch on a hilltop overlooking Vienna’s forests.

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Vienna: City Bus Tour and Schönbrunn Palace

4. Vienna: City Bus Tour and Schönbrunn Palace

Get your bearings and see Vienna's top attractions on one sightseeing tour. Board your comfortable bus, sit back, and start exploring the historical city center. Discover the Ringstrasse and its architectural masterpieces, such as the State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theater). Marvel at state institutions such as the City Hall and the Austrian Parliament Building. Disembark to enter the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburgs, Schönbrunn Palace. Avoid the ticket lines and spend more time wandering through its 22 state rooms.

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Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

5. Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

Did you know that Vienna's town hall was built using some 30 million bricks? You set the pace with your-well-informed guide as you tour some of the prime real estate in Vienna. Let your head spin as you scan the intricacies of St. Stephen's Cathedral, or step inside St. Peter's Church with its fantastic murals and domed gilded roof. In Vienna, the options come at you rapid-fire: Hofburg Palace, memorials to Strauss and Beethoven, the state opera house, and more. For the climax, use your skip-the line tickets and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Schoenbrunn Palace and imagine riding Lipizzaner stallions among its hallowed gardens. You can extend your tour by 1 hour and add the nearby Belvedere Palace as well, housing one of Austria's most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

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Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass for up to 7 Attractions

6. Vienna: Go City Explorer Pass for up to 7 Attractions

With Go City, you have the freedom to choose up to 7 of Vienna's top attractions in one convenient pass. With over 40 hand-picked activities and tours to choose from, you'll be spoiled for choice. By foot, by scooter, by bus, or by boat, you have so much to see, and plenty of time to see it. Visualize the lavish lives of Austrian royals at Schönbrunn, Esterhazy Palace, or Forchtenstein Castle. Admire the elegant architecture and the enchanting histories of each. Enjoy a day at Schönbrunn Zoo, Wipeout Adventure Park, or Madame Tussauds. There's fun for kids and adults alike with indoor bouldering or trampolining, an escape game, laser tag, or at the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel. Trace the paths of Freud or Empress Sisi, or explore some ancient, secret passages. Indulge in locally crafted chocolates, wines, or beers, and see the masters at work. Try something new at a waltz lesson, a quiz rally, or a city-wide treasure hunt. Explore the renowned MAK Vienna or Albertina. Compare a tour of modern street art. Experience excitement and relaxation, hotspots and best-kept secrets, and so much more all with one pass.

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Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Family-Friendly Guided Tour

7. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Family-Friendly Guided Tour

Enjoy exploring Schönbrunn Palace with a family-friendly guide. Have fun learning historical facts, fascinating legends, and fairy tales. Visit the Children’s Museum where you can dress up in costumes from the Middle Ages and act out local history. Follow your guide on an exciting adventure of history that includes tasks for children. Hear about the palace's most interesting secrets as you browse the Children’s Museum, see 12 rooms of the castle, and learn about life in the 18th century. Let your kids immerse themselves by having them dress as a prince or princess and play with imperial toys. Challenge yourself to find the right way in the Schönbrunn Maze (available in summer months), solve tricky puzzles, and get to the viewing platform. Extend your tour with a visit to the Schönbrunn Zoo. Explore the oldest continuously operating zoo in the world. See more than 700 species of animals in a well-arranged facility. Say hello to giraffes, seals, monkeys, and pandas. Take advantage of skip-the-line tickets to avoid long queues. You can meet your guide at Schönbrunn Palace or choose a private transfer from your accommodations with an English and German-speaking driver.

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One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

8. One Perfect Day in Vienna: A Private Drive and Walking Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of Vienna that gives the perfect introduction to first time visitors and combines an inner city walking tour and suburban discovery tour by sedan or van. An expert local guide will be with you throughout the day (including for the driving section) to answer any questions you may have and give tips on how to explore the city on your own. First, as the Innere Stadt’s pedestrian zone is crowded with delivery cars until about 11:00, start with a driving tour of the city’s suburbs. Enjoy panoramic views from Belvedere Hill, and admire the city’s most impressive Baroque palace. An interior visit to see Klimt’s “Kiss” is optional. Then, go to the oldest still-in-existence Ferris Wheel in Prater park. Cross the mighty Danube to discover one of the city's more modern sides at the UN-complex and DC-City. See a fantastic example of 1980s eco-friendly architecture at the Hundertwasserhaus. To do the 2nd imperial residence of the Schönbrunn justice would take at least half a day. Content yourself with a view of the façade and gardens, and make a note to return later. Along the way, pass the Naschmarkt, Karlsplatz, and State Opera. For lunch, your guide will provide you with some local suggestions, such as sausage tasting at a typical würstel stand,” or a sit down lunch at a hidden Inner City eatery. There are even a couple of rooftop gems you can enjoy. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the Innere Stadt on foot. Depending on your level of fitness, the precise itinerary can include the historic monuments of the Ring, the courtyards of the imperial Hofburg Palace, the Baroque staircases of some of the city’s opulent pastry shops, and the sacred treasures of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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Vienna: Carriage Ride Through Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

9. Vienna: Carriage Ride Through Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

Meet your driver in front of the breathtaking Schönbrunn Palace. Enjoy a 30-minute ride by horse-drawn carriage to soak up the atmosphere of the well preserved baroque garden. See the different constructions from the Imperial period, such as the Palm house, which features plants from all around the world, the stunning Neptune and Obelisk fountains, the Orangerie and many more. During the ride your "Fiaker" (driver) will tell you about the history of Vienna. Listen to the stories he has to tell you about Schönbrunn, its inhabitants and visitors, as well as about the long tradition of horse-drawn carriages in Vienna. You will be sure not to miss anything from these extensive gardens, as you will see almost every corner from a comfortable seat on your carriage. Just lean back and admire the scenery.

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Vienna: Imperial Carriage Museum in Schönbrunn Palace Ticket

10. Vienna: Imperial Carriage Museum in Schönbrunn Palace Ticket

See the carriages of famous rulers such as Maria Theresia, Napoleon, Franz Joseph and accompany them through their eventful lives. The highlight will be the Baroque imperial coach, but there are also exquisite state carriages, comfortable traveling coaches and the charming children’s carriages of the Habsburg princes and princesses. Another highlight will be the “Sisi Trail,” which showcases not only the Empress's carriages but also personal mementos such as her only extant saddle, her “riding chapel” and sumptuous original dresses.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Arrive Early to Avoid the Crowd

    It is, after all, Austria’s most-visited site. Schoenbrunn Palace is off the U4 Schoenbrunn stop, about a fifteen minute metro ride from the center of Vienna. Opening times for the gardens vary by season, but try to arrive around 8:30 when the palace opens daily. You will thank yourself when you see the crowd at noon.

  • Buy Tickets in Packages

    Avoid paying an entrance fee for each garden and the palace separately, and opt for a combination pass instead. The packages range from the Classic Pass to more luxurious packages like Sisi’s Treasures, which includes a three course meal and concert in the Orangery.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    8:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Is it expensive?
    The most expensive option -- A Grand Tour with a guide -- costs €18.90. For packages that include a classical concert, for instance, check out our list.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's not necessary, but if you want a more education experience, definitely look into it!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to the U4 Schoenbrunn stop.
  • Additional information
    There's a public swimming pool tucked away in a secluded part of the grounds so bring your swimsuit!

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What people are saying about Schönbrunn Palace

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4,052 reviews

Excellent evening with 3 course pre-selected meal at Tafelspitz across the street and then small concert at the Orangerie. Just make sure to leave plenty of time to exchange your vouchers at the Orangerie before heading to the restaurant! Schonbrunn is huge and it took us a while to find the right place. But the food was excellent, music was excellent with orchestra and opera singers. Would highly recommend!

The most friendly, caring staff, make this evening an unforgettable, beautiful memory and Gift for us to cherish, forever! The musicians are also very talented, performing historical pieces with a great sense of humour, in a lovely "spirit!” Thank you! “Merry Christmas,” and “Alles Gute!” “Cheers!”

Fantastic experience. Yte (our guide) showed up early so we were able to take advantage of slightly warmer time in the gardens. Knowledgeable and friendly…excellent English…-and attentive to what we wanted to do and see. Definitely liked the private tour!

Knowledgeable and friendly guide who gave a lot of insights in to the royal family's live

The concert was great and the atmosphere was truly excellent!