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Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

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A former residence of the Habsburg monarchs, Schönbrunn 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 Schönbrunn Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Visit this palace before anywhere else in Vienna in order to get a sense of the city you are visiting. 
  • Excellent guided tour through the palace. Didn't go back not gardens as not me ch to see in Feb & v cold 
  • As soon as the Schönbrunn Palace was completed, it became the favorite residence of the Habsburg family. Its Schlosspark is a magnificent park with numerous monuments and fountains. 
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  • Schönbrunn Palace is gorgeous itself but the gardens and the surrounding areas are just exquisite. Roses, fountains, more flowers, statues, courtyards, mazes, and so much more. It's really expansive and you can literally spend a day in the gardens/park. The palace tour gets crowded but when you go outside there is a ton of space and at times I felt like Sam and I were the only ones in this gorgeous place. This is a must see for a Austrian vacation. One of the best places to take pictures and enjoy a romantic walk.
  • I loved the history. I suggest going to Sisi Museum first. It would provide much more insight into Elisabeth's life and make the walk through the palace more interesting. The garden wasn't beautiful like it is during hotter days, but it has its perks during the winter. However, it's extremely cold so beware!
  • My second favorite place in Vienna. Beautiful garden and palace. Great for jogging. The zoo is great, and the gardens are astonishingly beautiful. The coffee shop on the hill is one of my favorites in Vienna, though the staff look a little grim and are not that patient, they are polite anyway and the coffee is good. I can go there every day and still love it. Take some walnuts for the squirrels if you ever go for a visit ;-)
  • Great garden which has splendorous views, especially from up top at the Belvedere. The gardens also have a great labyrinth and host concerts during the Summer. The ticket queue is very long, journeying out the main gate and close to the metro station. Palace is OK and sometimes a bit crowded and noisy, but still worth a visit.
  • Beautiful experience. It was breath taking with the Christmas Market. The architecture is out of this world! Makes you want to go back in time and live there. In love with Veinna.