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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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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

Schonbrunn Palace: Our Tips

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 to visit
    8:30AM - 5:30PM
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    There's a public swimming pool tucked away in a secluded part of the grounds so bring your swimsuit!

What People Are Saying About Schonbrunn Palace

This was a well run informative and very enjoyable tour.

There is so much to see in Vienna. This was a great tour to start with as it gives the locations of all of the important buildings with some history. The Palace was wonderful and the tour guide did a great job.

It should be without the exigence of a Printed voucher

If you do not have the Printed voucher is a helada che to access to the activities

Flexible, explore the city at your own pace!

Highly recommended for people who want the flexibility of spending as much or as little time at any particular sight without the concern of having to stick with a guide all the time and adhering to a timetable.

Good investment esp with travel component

Excellent . With the travel component was able to use public transport often and with ease. Also able to access the museums easily . Only point is that in a number of them you still need to line up and get a ticket and others they just scan the pass and you ate in

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing Reviewed by Linda, 08/25/2016

Excellent organization, kind people. impressive cultural monuments

We spent six interesting days in wonderfum+l circumstances, in the clean city, with excellent transportation; good food; in a hotel with three stars where, unfortunalelly, the towels were not changed for six nights!!

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing Reviewed by Miodrag, 05/02/2016

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