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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  • I really liked this palace. It’s very big and beautiful. You can take a guided tour, they give you a listening device to see the rooms. I learned a lot. The grounds are huge and you can walk uphill to see the view of Vienna and the whole palace. It’s very nice on a nice day. Many things were under construction in late winter. Wish everything was green when we came, would have been better.
  • A beautiful spot for tourists to visit. The palace is so impressive to look at and the grounds are very well maintained. We didn’t go inside because we heard it takes 6 hours to fully appreciate everything it has to offer and we arrived very late in the day. So we decided to just enjoy the outside and have a go in the hedge mazes in the gardens which was entertaining. Overall this place is a “must see” whilst in Vienna.
  • The palace was beautiful under the snow. If you take only the ordinary tour it will take you less than 1 hour. It is better to get the grand imperial tour. We bought the tour + dinner + concert and had the best of experiences. The string ensemble was magnificent as well as the ballet dancers and singers. A bit expensive overall but we enjoyed ourselves.
  • Absolutely stunning! Built on massive grounds, the Schönbrunn Palace is a place you have to visit. The Palace is a testament to the opulent lives of the nobility. I had opted for the ‘Grand Tour’, which covered 40 rooms and takes about an hour to complete. There are a lot of language options, allowing people to choose the language they are comfortable with to listen to information about the rooms. The Palace is well preserved with 18-century items from display from the time of Maria Theresia. Getting to the Palace is really easy.
  • Schönbrunn Palace is the former 1,441 room summer residence of the Austrian monarchy. We spent 6 hours seeing only 40 rooms and walking around the gardens. We bought the Classic ticket €24 with the palace tour fascinating and a “must do”. No photos allowed. The “Grand Tour” €17.50 best value IMO. The garden and Orangery are disappointing given it was still late winter. A walk up the hill is for good Palace and city views. The maze was frustrating but amazing...😬. There is also a puppet theater and cafe with puppets that are so cute but professional. There was an Easter market in the grounds so a lots for all ages.
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