Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace

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

Attend A Classical Concert
Vienna will forever be the global capital of classical music. Catch one of the daily Mozart and Strauss concerts in the historic Orangery. Booking in advance is recommended.

Explore the Grounds
Find a map of the grounds fountains, mazes, labyrinths and botanical gardens at the info counter. For 7 euro you can even ride the Panorama train on a 55 minute guided tour.

Eat Like A King (or Queen)
Of the park’s nine cafes, Cafe Gloriette is the best-kept secret. Atop Gloriette hill, it offers a breathtaking view of the palace and its grounds, not to mention coffee and cake.

Tour the Palace
Take a walk through imperial history — a guided audio tour is included with your ticket. The residential and ceremonial rooms seem to go on forever, each more grand than the next.

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 to 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 coffee and cake.

Vienna: Strudel Show with Tasting at Schönbrunn Palace reviewed by Maria

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Good efficient city tour before highlights of Schoenbrunn 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

Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour reviewed by James

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wonderful addition to the palace experience
This was so much fun! The show runs every hour from 11 – 4 so even though we thought we had missed our time slot at 11, we were able to join the show at 1. Booking ahead got us VIP seating and service – right up front and they brought us our coffee and strudel as opposed to the walk-in guests. The show was fun, the strudel delicious and a wonderful addition to our day at Shönbrunn Palace.

Vienna: Strudel Show with Tasting at Schönbrunn Palace reviewed by Allison

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Common sense explanation or why things are what they are.
Our guide provided reasons for why and how things were built which made sense. His explanation of European history was very appropriate and well done but a lot to take in and remember. This tour requires a lot of walking and standing.

Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour reviewed by Douglas

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