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Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna

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A former residence of the Habsburg monarchs, Schoenbrunn Palace reflects centuries of imperial Austrian history. Emperor Leopold I commissioned the palace at the end of the 17th century, but it was not for another 50 years that the palace became a focal point of court life, playing host to many European statesmen. The gardens are landscaped according to Baroque standards, forming a unit with the palace, and remain almost unchanged since the 1700s. The grounds include the oldest zoo in the world, Schonbrunn Zoo, home to more than 700 species of animals. You can explore the 1,441-room palace by purchasing a ticket; you'll find many different ticket options, which vary according to how many rooms you want to visit. Whichever option you choose, you'll follow an audio guide through the Rococo-styled rooms, listening to the stories related to each. Using our world travel planner, Vienna attractions like Schoenbrunn Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Access direct metro. Essential internet reservations the day before to choose the slot of visit (at least) as limiting the entries to regulate the flow of visitors.
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  • I took the classic ticket that give you a reasonable access to the Palace. Unfortunately this can be book either online in advance or by queuing at the ticket booth (took me half an hour). They have s...  read more »
  • Excellent Palace for travel, I took something of five hours the total of the visit with travel included.
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  • Beautiful place to spend a day there. There is a Zoo, palace and big park. They have labyrinth which costs some money but is definitely worth seeing it and not for kids only :) If you want to have original Austrian Strudel (apple pie), you should go to Residenz cafe. They also have a show (every hour) where you can look at how do they cook Strudel and they try it - fresh and hot.
  • What a palace! Or should I say THE palace? It is by far the most impressive location of Vienna. There are several kinds of fares with special prices for students. The imperial route includes 22 rooms, the classic route up to 40 and there are other options which include special parts of the gardens or the labyrinth. Nevertheless most part of the gardens is free and more than worth visiting. From the top part the best views of Vienna can be delighted.
  • The Good: The palace and grounds are beautiful. The opulence inside is astounding. The audio tour was quite interesting and it was great seeing the stark differences between some of the rooms. The view from the Gloriette is wonderful. The public gardens between that and the palace are beautiful. The Not-So-Good: The Grand Tour really doesn't provide much value over the Imperial Tour. The maze is cool, but not that big or impressive. We went on a Sunday afternoon and the place was packed. It really detracted from the palace tour. They space out entries, but they allow too many people through at once, so you really have to fight the crowds. They also allow large tour groups in at the same time and they all end up blocking your way through. The two gardens included with the Classic Pass (Orangery and Privy or Crown Prince Garden) are much less impressive than the public gardens and were honestly a little unkempt. The line to buy tickets was long, so plan ahead and buy them online. Do it early or you risk not having a time slot available to buy. If that happens, you can still get tickets onsite. Overall, I'm glad we went and the palace is really very impressive. A few improvements could be made to make this an outstanding stop in Vienna.
  • The best thing to see in Vienna. Historic and beautiful. The audio guides is self-explanatory. Do not forget to take your head phone, otherwise you have to keep holding the audio guide like a telephone throughout the tour. The walk behind the Place in the gardens and fountain add more to the fun. starting very early is a good idea to have less tourist. Included in the Vienna Pass.
  • Beautiful palace inside and huge park to explore outside. I can't give it a full 5 stars because all of the sights are split up with additional entrance fees which makes it complicated and expensive if you just want to check out everything. The palace itself was really interesting and entranced are booked by time slots which helps it from being overcrowded inside. I really became interested in the Habsburg family and princess Sisi through the self-guided tour:)
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