Schönbrunn Palace

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5 Things To Do and See at Schoenbrunn Palace

It might mean “beautiful spring,” but Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace is a must-see in every season. Sip gluehwein at the Christmas market or wander the extensive gardens. This palace will show you why it's Austria’s most popular tourist destination.

  • Attend A Classical Concert

    1. Attend A Classical Concert

    Vienna will forever be the global capital of classical music. Catch one of the daily Mozart and Strauss concerts in the historic Orangery. Booking in advance is recommended.

  • Explore the Grounds

    2. Explore the Grounds

    Find a map of the grounds fountains, mazes, labyrinths and botanical gardens at the info counter. For 7 euro you can even ride the Panorama train on a 55 minute guided tour.

  • Eat Like A King (or Queen)

    3. Eat Like A King (or Queen)

    Of the park’s nine cafes, Cafe Gloriette is the best kept secret. Atop Gloriette hill, it offers a breathtaking view of the palace and its grounds, not to mention coffee and cake.

  • Tour the Palace

    4. Tour the Palace

    Take a walk through imperial history -- a guided audio tour is included with your ticket. The residential and ceremonial rooms seem to go on forever, each more grand than the next.

  • Visit the Zoo

    5. Visit the Zoo

    The Schoenbrunn zoo is the oldest zoo in the world and has won the title of Europe’s Best three times.

Frequently asked questions about Schönbrunn Palace

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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 3,661 reviews

Very nice place, good information about "Sissi" I did miss the information about carriages Kg? And will be nice if by entry they will say to people to not talk louth.! It was very difficult to concentrate reading when people are talking, talking, talking and disturbing the whole route.

Beautiful setting, would have preferred an 8 pm time. Loved the opera singers and dancers. Would have liked something from Die Fledermaus. Loved the Mizart but again would gave liked something from Don Giovani.

We had an amazing time when we visited te palace and the gardens! And that was mostly because we had a great tour guide!! We dont know her name anymore but she said we could call her B or Billy. Thank you!

Attended by me and my husband. A thoroughly enjoyable evening in beautiful Baroque surroundings

Take 10am tour and, after the tour visit flea market and then visit any other museums