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.

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

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4.3 / 5

based on 3,679 reviews

Very good tour of the castle and gardens. Viennese guide , Lisa , who spoke excellent English. Tour was also laced with humor. Organization was present 30 minutes in advance. Everything was perfectly arranged.

An entertaining tour that was a lot of fun. Our guide cast a spell over us with his knowledge. It was definitely not our last tour

Eddy is a great guide! Vertrkkn Nice person and veel polite. A walking Wikipedia ! Thank you verry much Eddy!!!

The tour was nice and interesting. Impressive! The guide Eduard did a great job !!!!

The tour was very nice because the guide didn't use many dates.