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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  • A visit to the palace is a must for any culture vulture, there are a few different tours around the palace you can choose from. I went for the normal tour that I guess most people will go for and stro...  more »
  • It's a beautiful location known of all movies. Despite the cold weather very much enjoyed. The coffee shop on the square is a must.
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  • Fabulous palace tour, & the maze\ labrynth park was the highlight for me! I won!!! My only fault is due to the weather in Spring 2018..... No bedding plants to enjoy! I will be back some Summer, for s...  more »
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  • The impressive Schönbrunn Palace is located just outside the city of Vienna. We completed the Grand Tour during our visit. This tour includes access to 40 different rooms along with an audio guide (included with ticket price). This tour takes around 50 minutes to complete from start to finish. However, if you linger around any of the rooms you can easily end up spending a bit over an hour making your way through the Palace. Many rooms are quite impressive and worth admiring for a bit extra time. During the tour, we appreciated being able to see the original furnishing and elaborate decor found in many of the rooms as well as the simple and plain quarters of Emperor Franz Joseph, who preferred a more humble existence in the Palace. Interestingly, On the Schönbrunn Palace website, you can find information and images about each of the rooms available to visit and for some rooms, there is even audio you can listen to that is the same as the audio guide experienced during the tour. This is a very good way to study the rooms online so you know what to expect when you arrive for the tour. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed within the Palace. However, there is a gift shop at the end of the palace tour so you can purchase postcards and Schönbrunn books or you can simply revisit the Palace website once you are at home to help you remember all that you saw during your visit. In addition to visiting the palace, it is also worth spending time in the Schönbrunn Garden and Park as well as the Palm House which is one of the largest green houses in the world. You can further visit the highly regarded Schönbrunn Zoo, considered by many to be one of the best zoos in the world.
  • Pick a good guide to take you on a tour here. A good guide will be able to tell you history of the palace and people who lived inside. We were lucky to have such a guide. Beware that weather can change quickly. We entered when it was sunny and bright, when we left it was raining heavily! Also note that you cannot take pics inside the palace. Also keep your large bags in the bus/car. Otherwise you will have to put it in lockers outside security.
  • Beautiful palace. This is a must see especially on the inside. I've never seen so much detail put into every single room! Bring your headphones so you can listen to the self guided tour without holding the handset up to your ear. Try to go on a cool day. It gets really hot inside. Also, the entry is staggered so get your ticket then maybe look at the gift shops inside and outside if you have a 50 minute wait like we did.
  • A must see palace in Vienna. Largest and important architecture in Vienna. Baroque style architecture yet beautiful. Surrounded with big ground in front and nice and large maze gardens on both sides and a small hill on the other side, where you get a panoramic view of palace as well as city. Plan to visit early morning if you are planning to cover place, gardens, hill behind and the oldest zoo in the world. So be prepared to have good walk and wandering. Good connectivity by bus, tram and U-bahn
  • The outside of the palace was great. There were many fountains spread out around the whole area. The summer palace was also very picturesque. The only problem was that it was very crowded and there was not enough room inside for everyone. There should be better control for people inside because our guided tour couldn't even get through. The gardens were an absolute waste. Both of them had nothing important to see and were very plain and boring. I would recommend skipping them. You should get the tour with the 22 rooms and then do the rest of the stuff individually if you want because the 40 room tour is too much.
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