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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.

Our insider 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 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!

What people are saying about Schonbrunn Palace

Excellent way to end our tour of the palace!

We deliberately booked the last show. The facilitator was charming ... perfect personality for his job ... and the end result was a little slice of heaven! Well worth it.

Excellent service and helpful staff. Recommend

We bought two day ticket. Did all the routes including free night tour and free guided walk around the city. All staff very knowledgeable and helpful A MUST FOR FIRST TIME VISITOR TO THIS BEAUTIFUL CLEAN CITY

Good efficient city tour before highlights of Schooenbrunn Palace

Well organised, with free pick up from hotel, efficiently run and with very informative tour of both the city and the palace - a really good way to familiarise yourself with the layout of the city - the strudel and melange package in the Schoenbrunn Palace cafe is also an ideal way to fill the time after the palace tour

Absolutely fabulous and loads of fun. Strudel was Delicious.

Great atmosphere, the "baker" a young girl of 15 years of age did a superlative presentation.

Great public transit! Everything we wanted to was a nice ride.

We really enjoyed ourselves. Our only unresolved challenge was to find an ATM that would accept Interact. We should have asked Vienna Info.

Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport Reviewed by Normand, 09/22/2017

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