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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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  • This is a must see for first time visitors in Vienna! I really enjoyed the grand tour-40 rooms of the palace, with the help of a free audio guide. you should dedicated several hours to this place... 
    This is a must see for first time visitors in Vienna! I really enjoyed the grand tour-40 rooms of the palace, with the help of a free audio guide. you should dedicated several hours to this place...  more »
  • The name "Schoenbrunn" recalls the beautiful spring that was found by Emperor Matthew here in the XVI century, when the imperial hunting grounds were located on this place. Previously, there was a... 
    The name "Schoenbrunn" recalls the beautiful spring that was found by Emperor Matthew here in the XVI century, when the imperial hunting grounds were located on this place. Previously, there was a...  more »
  • I chose to take the free style tour of about 24 rooms of the palace so that I might be able to dawdle in rooms that took my fancy more than others. There was also a listening device that explained.....  more
    I chose to take the free style tour of about 24 rooms of the palace so that I might be able to dawdle in rooms that took my fancy more than others. There was also a listening device that explained.....  more »
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  • Beautiful palace and gardens. We booked a private, after-hours tour with a small group. On arrival, as we waiting on the time for our private tour, we wandered the gardens. Definitely take the time to do this, walk all the way around the palace, the gardens are gorgeous. Inside the palace our guide was very friendly and welcomed questions. We enjoyed the tour and learning the history. This is a great stop for those who enjoy history, art, and architecture.
  • One of those places that it is better not to read about 100 times, but to see once. The most beautiful park I have ever seen in my life. If you are tired of the high aristocracy of Viennese buildings, then spend a couple of hours in this park. By the way, this is the best place to start running in the morning;)
  • Best place on Vienna to visit. Remarkable architecture. Lovely hiking areas and sitting places. Good for running and everyday exercise as well. Park is spacious and lovely. It's a must in one's vacation plan!!!
  • Great place to see. Buy the ticket online so you don't have to stay in line. Go from early morning, there is a lot to see and enjoy. They also serve food. The gardens are big and there is a lot to visit. The castle tour takes 2 hours and it is also auto supported in a lot of languages.
  • Great place to go to in Vienna. The whole garden complex is very large and has many monuments strewn across. The palace itself has very interesting interiors. I would recommend the "Classic tour" tickets.

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