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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

Great value for money if you pack it in and plan ahead

The Hop on Hop off buses were not disability friendly. My father and husband are both disabled. The driver would not wait for them to get off the bus and they had to get a taxi back from the following stop. This incurred an additional fee of 8 euros. Overall we did not feel the attitude of staff was particularly friendly. We often met with curtness, sharpness of tone and a rather dictatorial manner. Not being able to pick up book or tickets until the 1st day - did limit precious time. Hop on buses that go in a circular route create difficulties for passengers with mobility issues who may want to go the other way round to reach their destination more quickly

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing Reviewed by Fiona, 08/11/2017

Highly recommended, learned more than expacted.

Unfortunately, Dutch is not an option. Sometimes a true information flood. You may missed some details. But we have seen and heard everything about Vienna.

Vienna: 1-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus & Free WiFi Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/30/2017

Perfect pass for the Vienna first visitors!

Vienna is too short for couple of days! There are so many things to do and the Vienna Pass is the perfect mate for the first visitor to Vienna. Easy and fast access to best places in Vienna. You can enjoy all around beautiful city with endless things to see!

An excellent investment, helpful & cheerful staff & plenty of buses

This was a great investment giving free and speedy access to a great range of options. Staff at Opernpassage and all bus terminals were so helpful and patient. Being able to avoid the long queues at the more popular attractions was a real bonus when you are trying to cram everything in on a two day pass !!. The guideboook was clear and route timetables helpfully laid out. Vienna Pass runs a very slick operation and was worth every penny of the cost.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing Reviewed by Julia, 07/28/2017

A great way to see the city and save money.

I only had 1 full day in Vienna and I wanted to see has much as I could. With the hop on and hop off bus routes I was able to see many different areas of the city. The free entrance into the museums and fast pass was so helpful. I was able to enjoy not just what I saw from the bus but from inside the museums ad attractions (ferris wheel, train, time travel, the the tower, etc). I am coming back to Vienna and I will def get this pass again. I made the mistake of not getting the 2 day because I had a package deal for the palace, dinner and a concert. If I would have realized all that could be seen at the palace with the Vienna pass, I would have booked 2 days. I am excited to come back and explore more of Vienna.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing Reviewed by Amanda, 07/04/2017

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