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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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Schönbrunn Palace: Tour with Gardens

2. 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

3. 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: Go City Explorer Pass for up to 7 Attractions

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

5. 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

6. 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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Schönbrunn Palace: Private Tour with Pickup

7. Schönbrunn Palace: Private Tour with Pickup

Begin your guided tour with a walk through the magnificent gardens. Learn about the Baroque landscaping principle of interlaced nature and architecture. Approach the Gloriette, a huge triumphal arch situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Vienna’s woods. Hear how the military victories under Empress Maria Theresa shaped the Hapsburg Dynasty’s political and cultural dominance in Europe. Learn about the opening of the gardens to the public in 1779 and how Schönbrunn Palace became the focal point of Austria’s imperial policy and the center of court life. Then, enter the former summer residence and see how the next generation of Hapsburg rulers also put their stamp on Schönbrunn. Visit the Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartments and immerse yourself in the story of a couple torn apart by the burdens of state. Learn about the spiral staircase commissioned by Empress Sisi, leading from her official rooms to a private entrance from which she could flee from the palace to the gardens, before it was removed in 1920. Marvel at the unique Millions Room, with its antique miniatures and wall hangings.

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Vienna: Skip-the-line Schonbrunn Palace Private Tour

8. Vienna: Skip-the-line Schonbrunn Palace Private Tour

Visit one of Vienna's top attractions with an expert guide. On the 2-hour option, explore 22 beautiful Imperial rooms and the private apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his famous wife Sisi. Learn about the fascinating lives of the palace’s inhabitants and immerse yourself in the Imperial wealth of the Habsburg dynasty, displayed in each of the rooms with a different style of ornate decor and furnishings. See 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, featuring beautiful formal gardens, fountains and 32 sculptures representing deities and virtues. You will also see the hill crowned by the Gloriette structure with columns and arches, which was designed to glorify Habsburg power and the Just War. The 3-hour option includes the 2-hour Imperial Tour of the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens with convenient pickup and drop-off service to your accommodation. For your comfort, we provide private transportation from your accommodation in Vienna in an air-conditioned vehicle and skip-the-line tickets. Enjoy a premium experience with a hassle-free journey and the most personal and educational tour. Choose the 2.5-hour option to get the full experience of the Imperial heritage at the Schonbrunn Palace by taking the Grand Tour with 40 chambers to explore. Discover fascinating stories of 40 exquisite state rooms from three centuries of Imperial wealth and luxury. 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. In the Rich Room you will see the only surviving bed of state from the Viennese court. Of course, this option also includes a tour of the palace garden with Gloriette. At the end, you will be driven back to your accommodation in Vienna. The 3.5-hour option includes the Grand Tour of the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens with convenient transportation. Enjoy a premium experience with pickup and drop-off service to your accommodation in Vienna.

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Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

9. 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. 

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Private Day Tour Transfer from Budapest to Vienna

10. Private Day Tour Transfer from Budapest to Vienna

Enjoy a full-day trip from Budapest to Vienna and get to know the sights in and around the Austrian capital with a private tour. Choose from a transfer tour between the 2 cities or a round-trip sightseeing excursion. The tour begins at Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Austrian Versailles. See the palace, the zoo, the palm and butterfly houses, the Gloriette, and the labyrinth. Then head into the city, traveling along the Ringstrasse to see numerous magnificent buildings. Admire St. Charles' Church, the Theresianum boarding school, the famous State Opera House, Wiener Konzerthaus, the City Park, and more. Continue past the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum, and the cultural district of the Museums Quartier. Then see the Hofburg (the former Habsburg winter residence), the Parliament, the City Hall, the Burgtheater, and the University. Finally, you will visit the famous St. Stephen's Cathedral and Naschmarkt.  At the end of your tour, you will be dropped off in Vienna, unless you opt to return to Budapest.

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What people are saying about Schönbrunner Gardens

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,536 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 palace and the grounds were amazing. Our guide gave a great background before the tour and was a treasure trove of knowledge as she took us through each room. That was followed by a beautiful walk through the gardens that were full of Fall colors and architectural surprises. We had a great time.

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!

Lisa was extraordinary. The best tour guide I have ever had. The world should have 1 billion of Lisa’s An asset for your company

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