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. To visit Schönbrunn Palace on your trip to Vienna, use our Vienna online day trip planner .
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  • August 17, 2017
    One of the best palace in Vienna! Gardens and Schonbrunn Zoo are also amazing! Lots of tourists every day goes there and the line is very big! In my opinion it's better to buy tickets from Internet!  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Save a day on your trip agenda to take an easy metro ride to the Schonbrunn Palace. Highly recommend buying your ticket ahead of time to avoid the lines. (We chose the Sisi Pass which included the Imp...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    You can spend many hours visiting this palace, where the Hapsburg's spent their summers. Several tour options include walking through the magnificent grounds, the carriage house, the palace's interior...  more »
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  • August 29, 2017
    Amazing place to see. Don't miss it. A tad confusing and it will cost you to go into a couple of private gardens and inside the palace... but you can wander the expansive grounds for free. Simply head right of the castle to get behind and be sure to walk up to the top of the hill for a stunning view of Vienna.
  • August 29, 2017
    The gardens are really beautiful and massive. They are free to enter, and you could easily spend a day just wandering around and enjoying the park. The top of the gardens also has a nice view of the city. Highly recommend coming here, even if it is just for walking around the gardens.
  • September 3, 2017
    Very informative audio guide!! It's worth a visit even if you don't go inside, but I'd recommend it! Be prepared to wait during high season between when you buy your ticket and your ticket time to enter. I waited 40 minutes.
  • May 21, 2017
    It's a place you have to visit when you come to Vienna. The subway/train can take you straight there. While the price is a bit expensive, I think its a visit worth the price. The audio guide is included in the entrance ticket price, however you are not allowed to take pictures of the palace (a pity really, because the rooms are exquisite and beautiful). While the palace is beautiful, the gardens are something different all together. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy the scenery as you walk around the huge garden complex. Bring a picnic if you have time! I'd definitely come back again when I come to Vienna next time.
  • August 29, 2017
    Not crowded because it's very large. Museum has nicely organized crowd control so when you are there you get to see everything. The audio guide is complementary! Loved it.

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