Schonbrunn Palace

It might mean “beautiful spring,” but Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace is a must-see in every season. Sip gluehwein at the Christmas market or wander the extensive gardens. This palace will show you why it's Austria’s most popular tourist destination.

Top pick

Lonely Planet Vienna (Travel Guide)

Austria: Including its History, Vienna, Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace

Schonbrunn Palace: Tours & Tickets

Insider tips

Arrive Early to Avoid the Crowd

It is, after all, Austria’s most-visited site. Schoenbrunn Palace is off the U4 Schoenbrunn stop, about a fifteen minute metro ride from the center of Vienna. Opening times for the gardens vary by season, but try to arrive around 8:30 when the palace opens daily. You will thank yourself when you see the crowd at noon.

Buy Tickets in Packages

Avoid paying an entrance fee for each garden and the palace separately, and opt for a combination pass instead. The packages range from the Classic Pass to more luxurious packages like Sisi’s Treasures, which includes a three course meal and concert in the Orangery.

Good to know

When should I visit?

8:30AM – 5:30PM

How to get there

Take the metro to the U4 Schoenbrunn stop.

Is it expensive?

The most expensive option — A Grand Tour with a guide — costs €18.90. For packages that include a classical concert, for instance, check out our list.

Will I need a guide?

It’s not necessary, but if you want a more education experience, definitely look into it!

What people are saying about Schonbrunn Palace

★★★★★ It was interesting and fun, and the cake was delicious

We went the whole family there and had a lot of fun. We learned a new recipe and the activity was really entertaining. We also enjoyed having the coffee and the cake.

★★★★★ Excellent way to end our tour of the palace!

We deliberately booked the last show. The facilitator was charming ... perfect personality for his job ... and the end result was a little slice of heaven! Well worth it.

★★★★★ Good efficient city tour before highlights of Schooenbrunn Palace

Well organised, with free pick up from hotel, efficiently run and with very informative tour of both the city and the palace - a really good way to familiarise yourself with the layout of the city - the strudel and melange package in the Schoenbrunn Palace cafe is also an ideal way to fill the time after the palace tour

Top Hotels in Vienna

Booking.com