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

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,679 reviews

Thank you Rosane for this amazing time! Palace is beautiful, the guide perfectly described everything in details. We were shocked about Sisi life, her habits. We even didn't have to stay in the queue so it has saved ours time to have a longer walk through stunning gardens of the palace. Schonbrunn is the top place in Vienna and it was worth to learn more about this place than we could read in booklet. Guide Rosane was great, she is local what was also awesome as she could give us many valuable tips for the rest of our stay.

Excellent concert. Beautiful venue. The seating is unassigned. The first 5 rows are VIP. The next 10 to 15 or so are category A and then category B. The concert can be easily heard throughout the venue.

This tour is amazing. Our tour guide Ali was very knowledgeable about history, and she represented everything very clearly. I would highly recommend this tour. It was way better than I expected.

The guide, Lisa, was really great, her English was excellent, her interpretation was both interesting and amusing. We liked it very much!

Our guide was fabulous! He was very thorough and entertaining. Schonnbrun Palace is amazing.