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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.

Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper or Lower Belvedere

2. Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper or Lower Belvedere

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces of the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces. The Belvedere park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Evening Tour, Dinner and Concert

3. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Evening Tour, Dinner and Concert

Spend a wonderful evening at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace with a tour, dinner, and concert. Immerse yourself in the world of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Joseph I and explore the imperial hunting lodge after hours with your smartphone. Tuck into a 3-course dinner before a classical concert. 15 minutes before the start of the Palace tour, please be at the main entrance of the Palace. One of our employees will welcome you there. Marvel at the magnificent architecture and exquisite interiors as you listen to your smartphone guide. Then, enjoy a 3-course dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of the palace. After dinner, head back to the Orangery to enjoy music by Mozart and experience a concert in the magnificent concert hall. Enjoy the marvelous overtures, arias, and duets from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s concertos and operas, such as “The Marriage of Figaro”, “The Magic Flute”, and “Don Giovanni”. The most popular arias, waltzes, and polkas of the waltz king Johann Strauss will delight you during the second half, such as “Die Fledermaus”, “The Gypsy Baron”, “The Blue Danube”, and “Radetzky March”. The orchestra is accompanied by 2 opera singers.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

4. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Hofburg Ticket & Sisi Museum Tour

Enjoy priority entry access and step inside the famous the Hofburg Imperial Palace, as well as the Sisi Museum, alongside a knowledgeable guide who will lead you on a guided tour of the impressive complex.  Walk inside this magnificent castle and discover the conference room, which was used for the ministerial conferences that were chaired by the emperor.  See 24 different rooms including the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, their saloons for guests, and Elisabeth's dressing room. Admire the Silver Collection with valuable porcelain and crystal glasses, which provide insights into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty.  Enter the Sisi Museum with over 300 personal items that belonged to Elisabeth like her dresses, parasols, gloves, and her unique beauty preparations.

Vienna: Mozart and Strauss Concert in Schoenbrunn

5. Vienna: Mozart and Strauss Concert in Schoenbrunn

Take part in this excursion to a concert in the Orangerie Schönbrunn in Vienna, a city full of magical castles and palaces, spectacular musical events and a courtly tradition dating back many hundreds of years. In Schönbrunn you will experience the magic and spectacle of this UNESCO world heritage site, where Mozart once played the harpsichord. Feel welcome at the Schönbrunn Palace. Listen as the Palace Orchestra plays masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. On selected dates, the concerts take place in the Great Gallery or in the White-Gold Room directly in the Palace, in the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre or other concert halls in Vienna.

Concert Tickets for the Vienna Residence Orchestra

6. Concert Tickets for the Vienna Residence Orchestra

The Vienna Residence Orchestra is one of the best chamber orchestras in the world. Each individual musician is a renowned soloist, and the orchestra performs in great concert halls around the world. Mexico City, Montevideo, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Athens, and Budapest are just some of the places that the VRO has visited with its guest conductor Rudolf Nurejev. Under the musical leadership of Prof Christian Pollack and guest conductors Gerhard Lagrange, Daniel-Hoyem Cavazza and Zoltán Janikovic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra plays concerts every day in the most beautiful Viennese palaces: in small and large groups, with famous opera singers, ballet dancers, and musical delights that match the appropriate seasonal theme. The VRO’s Mozart and Strauss concerts are one of the cultural highlights of any journey to Vienna. The Vienna Residence Orchestra combines an interesting parallel with Wolfgang A. Mozart, since the orchestra’s home is the very place where Mozart performed some of his most remarkable concerts. The magnificent Palais Auersperg in Baroque style is one of the focal points of European music, political, and social history. In addition to Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Christoph Willibald Gluck made their contribution to world music. The noble family Auersperg and the Swedish royal family Vasa also made political commitments at the Palais Auersperg and established their aristocratic splendor with lavish festivities. Today the Palais Auersperg and the Vienna Residence Orchestra is managed by Sylvia Moser, who enriches Vienna’s cultural life with these two institutions.

Vienna: Hofburg and Empress Sisi Museum Guided Tour

7. Vienna: Hofburg and Empress Sisi Museum Guided Tour

Hear about the life of Empress Elisabeth (commonly known as Sisi), of Austria-Hungary on a guided walking tour of Vienna. Meet your guide at the Albertina and make your way straight to the Hofburg, where you will explore the former Imperial Apartments. Discover more about the daily life of the Empress. Then, visit the Augustinian Church where the Bavarian princess married Emperor Franz Josef in 1854. Afterwards, pay a visit to her favourite confectioner, her favourite jeweller, as well as other shops where Sisi liked to indulge in some retail therapy. Hear anecdotes and curiosities about the life of the famous empress and be amazed by her complex character and personality. Finally, have the option of booking an additional visit to the Imperial Crypt. Located beneath the Capuchin Church, see Sisi's final resting place as well as the burial sites of other famous figures of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

8. Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

Discover the fascinating treasures of the Habsburgs in the oldest part of the Hofburg Palace – the Swiss Wing. See the most precious jewels – among them one of the largest emeralds in the world – that testify to the former power of the Habsburg dynasty. Other highlights are the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece as well the collections of 15th-century Burgundy and the cradle of the King of Rome (Napoleon II). Admire the charming jewelry of Hapsburg empresses and princesses and parts of the original jewelry of Empress Elisabeth. Discover legendary treasures such as the Holy Lance from the 8th century, the largest cut emerald in the world, the world's largest agate bowl – known as the Holy Grail – or the horn of a unicorn.

Vienna: After-Hours Palace Tour & Concert in Schoenbrunn

9. Vienna: After-Hours Palace Tour & Concert in Schoenbrunn

Listen to live renditions of Mozart and Strauss' classical compositions at a concert in Schönbrunn Palace's Orangery after a self-guided audio tour. Have the 22 rooms of the palace all to yourself after opening hours and then settle into your choice of seat for the performance. Make your way to the palace and enter the historic building at 5:30 P.M. Use your own mobile phone as a guide to lead you through the rooms on show, learning about the history of Schönbrunn Palace. After your self-guided tour, enjoy about 2 hours of free time to explore the grounds or relax. At around 8:00 P.M., the Orangery will open. Take your seat and enjoy a beautiful classical music concert. Listen to the incredible skill of the Schönbrunn Palace orchestra and the Schönbrunn chamber ensemble as they enchant you with beautiful melodies.

Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

10. 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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4.4 / 5

based on 2,860 reviews

Everything there was amazing even if it was a rainy morning and we couldn't enjoy the garden tour. The architecture, the history of the Schonbrunn palace and the astonishing beauty you see in every corner. Our guide, Antonia, was very knowledgeable of the place's history and explained everything pretty well. I highly recommend you take the guided tour it's totally worth it. P.S. Don't skip the Gloriette, it's a must see.

The guide Stefan shared all his knowledge, in a charming way, for more than two hours. We learned new interesting stories about the history of Habsburg dynasty while visiting the Schonbrunn palace. I spent three days in Vienna and this was the most interesting experience there.

Balazs was a great tour guide and driver on our trip to Budapest. It might have been a bit rainy and cold but it was still worth the trip. We saw amazing architecture and ate delicious food in the market. The whole trip went smoothly and was very informative.

Great experience. It was totally worth the visit. I highly recommend you book your tickets online and plan your visit earlier than 12 pm.

Easy and clear. Beautiful facility with some great art.