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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

would use all the time when will be possible while travelling

this was very convenient, we had the possibility to see and find out a lot. Would recommend to everyone to use it.

The dinner very good, concert sat right at the back & could not see

We enjoyed the dinner but the concert we were seated right at the back and would loved to have seen it. It sounded very good (sad)

A must have service for all tourists in vienna !

Very helpful , easy to use , staff is nice , you can use it almost every where Some places u just skip the long line , the hop on hop off buses are just amazing and if you are interested in saving money and see all attractions just go get the vienna pass .. awsome !

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing Reviewed by Rana, 04/16/2017

It was well done. Wish I had picked a longer tour however.

I liked it over all. I could have used it to be longer. Especially the time spent at Schonnbrunn. And I had trouble understanding our guide. But other than that, it was informative and well planned out.

very knowledgeable guide with a sense of humour

so much to learn and understand but our guide was exceptional with the limited time available to explain the sights of Vienna and it's history

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