Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

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A former residence of the Habsburg monarchs, Schonbrunn 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. To visit Schonbrunn Palace on your trip to Vienna, use our Vienna online day trip planner .
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  • What an awesome place. When visiting use the audio guide it explains all the history of the palace and the royal families as you walk from room to room. Thoroughly enjoyed it.  more »
  • We visited during the day was unfortunate, but-empty House slowly you could see. Could only climb the Hill in the morning and sunny the next day so I went. I heart is washed in a very beautiful landscape. I want to come to the next flower season. Please note, tickets to buy the Sisi ticket of the Hofburg Imperial Palace and set smooth and just a little bit off.
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  • My wife and I visited the palace on our last day in Vienna and we were truly blown away by it. The entrance price for one adult for the imperial tour was €14 which also includes a free audio guide whi...  more »
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  • Amazing place! We were three generations and we loved it! The garden is great to have a nice walk, there is also a children playground, a fabulous zoo with multiple places and gadgets for kids and adults to try out stuff. In the Palace itself i have been at least 6-7 times and i will continue visiting. I highly recommend the Imperial tour, 1 hour pf real history lesson, interesting for adults and kids! My 7 years old adores the story about Sisi!!! Next time we will visit the Children museum too!
  • A Viennese experience not to be missed. Wear appropriate shoes and bring your best camera. I had the opportunity to take the full tour of the Palace and it was certainly worth every second. The ground are extensive and there are quite a number of stairs, hence the wear good shoes comment. On a busy day there will be quite a number of people there, so be ready to stand and shuffle in higher traffic area's, but once inside the different rooms and exhibits it eases up. I don't know why I thought differently, but I was there on a very hot day and the buildings are not air conditioned, so bring water with you, and wear breathable clothing. The hand-held translators are worth the small fee as the explanations are great and give you a lot more information than the plaques that are in German with a few lines in English. You can also download their app which offers the same information, but on your phone and with your own headphones. This is a day long experience, don't cheat yourself out of the full experience with 2-3hrs, you will only get to see a small portion. Bring a good camera, with extra batteries, and get clicking!
  • First of all orange house have disappointed, it is 1 room 3 by 3 metres... Whole complex is impressive in size and amount of things to see and to do. Main palace tour was very interesting and done well with audio guide. Park area behind the palace was beautiful even though leaves started to fall of in autumn. Panoramic view from a top of the hill was astonishing, whole city of Vienna is on the view. Maze and labirinth areas are quite small but are fun to explore. Overall it is a great free place to visit and walk around but for a substantial cost there is much more history and culture to see and be impressed with. It is also vary busy during main hours which can impair the experience.
  • Amazing experience, a must-see when in Vienna. But! Be aware that there are a LOT of tourists. The (audio guided) tour through the palace is beautiful, but so SO crowded. After the short tour splits off it gets better, so I recommend the grand tour. Worth it. After the palace, make sure to walk to the back and check out the gardens and forest. It's free! Awesome views from the top.
  • Beautiful ornate palace and gardens that are easily accessible by public transportation. The palace interior has some fascinating pieces of furniture, wall and floor decor. Unfortunately, photos are not permitted in the palace. The hand held audio guide is quite informative although some rooms were missing narration when we went Sept 22 2017. The outdoor garden area has some great spots for photos. Be sure to check out the maze and fun games area on the right side as you make your way to the top of the hill.

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As a former imperial capital, Vienna is full of lavish hotels reminiscent of the city’s royal past. If you’re traveling on a budget, it’s not hard to find hotels for a more affordable price. Consider staying in the Innere Stadt, or First District, if you only have a short time in town, as you’ll be within easy walking distance to many of the city’s main tourist attractions. Outside of the central core, Leopoldstadt, or Second District, lines the Danube and offers peaceful walks through tree-lined paths. For shopaholics, Mariahilf, or Sixth District, is a central neighborhood with busy shopping streets and lively markets.
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