Schönbrunn Palace Garden Gloriette

Schönbrunn Palace Garden Gloriette: Our most recommended tours and activities

Schönbrunn Palace: Tour with Gardens

1. 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.

Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

2. Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

The astonishing High Baroque Schönbrunn Palace was built to rival Versailles. Begin your 2.5-hour guided tour with a walk through the magnificent formal gardens, based on the Baroque landscaping principle of interlaced nature and architecture. Approaching the Gloriette, a huge triumphal arch situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Vienna’s woods, your guide will tell you about the military victories that made Empress Maria Theresa’s reign (1740-1780) a highpoint in the Hapsburg Dynasty’s political and cultural dominance in Europe. The park was opened to the general public in 1779, a populist gesture that reveals Maria Theresa’s canny charm offensive. Indeed, it was under Maria Theresa’s direction that Schönbrunn Palace became the focal point of Austria’s imperial policy and the center of court life, in addition to functioning as the summer residence of a reigning family with 16 children! You’ll see that next generation of Hapsburg rulers also put their stamp on Schönbrunn. The Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartments tell the story of a couple torn apart by the burdens of state. In 1854, Emperor Franz Joseph married the Bavarian princess known better under the affectionate nickname Sisi, who despised the rituals of court life and the ornate environment of the summer palace. She commissioned a spiral staircase leading from her official rooms to a private entry from which she could flee from the palace to the gardens. Visiting one lavish room after another will give you a sense of the opulence that the country girl Sisi fled. Marvel at the unique Millions Room that owes its name to its price. It features antique Indo-Persian miniatures in Rococo frames and wall hangings of carved rosewood from the Antilles that make the Millions Room one of the most accomplished combinations of Oriental and European decorative art from the Rococo era.

Schönbrunn Palace: Private Tour with Pickup

3. 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.

Private Day Tour Transfer from Budapest to Vienna

4. 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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