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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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  • Beautiful place, massive grounds. Currently visitor numbers are very low, 1000 a day Vs 8000 normally so very very nice to tour. We took the grand tour, without the extra gardens and also an English....  more »
  • I simply got hooked by Schönbrunn Palace. The gardens, the rooms, the furniture, the collections… everything was so perfect. I also have a sweet memory about this trip: my eyes came across the ones...  more »
  • I first visited the Schonbrunn Palace 2 years ago, in January 2019, and I returned this June. Sice I was a child I wanted to visited it. The Palace is trully amazing and luxurious. Part of the...  more »
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  • There's the palace itself inside, and there's the huge park outside. Both are amazing. Treat yourself to the full tour of the palace (there's a cheaper, shorter one that skips the best rooms). Come early: your ticket entry will be hours away. Use that time to explore the park and adjacent attractions. Visit in warm seasons to enjoy the greenery and hedge maze.
  • There's the palace itself inside, and there's the HUGE park outside. Both are amazing. Treat yourself to the full tour of the palace (there's a cheaper, shorter one that skips the best rooms). Come early: your ticket entry will be hours away. Use that time to explore the park and adjacent attractions. Visit in warm seasons to enjoy the greenery and hedge maze. To cover the entire place you'll need a few hours.
  • This castle is unique, but the best part is the park that can swallow even the immense tourist crowds coming here. It is best visited in Summer or Winter. Take a stroll. The park is large enough to include one of the best zoos in the world. The Western edge of the park is the most interesting.
  • A fantastic and impressive palace on an unbelievable scale. Full of history and splendour. The inside is spectacular and the grounds offer much to see, including views of the city centre. It is easy to imagine you have travelled back in time. Can be accessed on the Vienna Bus and Big Bus tours. If you don’t wish to pay for entry to the building, access to the gardens is free. Well worth a visit.
  • An absolutely beautiful palace. The audio guide is very informative so enjoy your time inside (no photos allowed). Soak up the history. Take a stroll through the gardens and appreciate the grandeur. Although it was still winter when I went the gardens were very nice.

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