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With well over 3 million annual guests, Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna. This is no coincidence. After all, the former summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth aka Sisi is symbolic of Viennese splendor and Baroque charm.

Today, the imperial apartments and gardens are open to tourists. However, the queues are often long, Tickets should therefore be booked in advance to avoid waiting times.
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4 tips for visiting the Schönbrunn Palace

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Vienna PassAnyone staying in Vienna for a longer period of time should consider purchasing the Vienna Pass. Around 70 Viennese attractions, including the Schönbrunn Palace, are included. Also included is admission to the zoo Tiergarten Schönbrunn, which is right next door.
Neptune Fountain | Pixabay - CC BY 2.0
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Follow the house rulesStrict security measures apply at Schönbrunn Palace. So follow the applicable house rules during your visit: smoking and eating are prohibited within the exhibition and all luggage, including umbrellas, must be left in the checkrooms. Photographs are prohibited, as is bringing dogs - only excluding assistance dogs. A distance must be kept from the exhibits, touching is not allowed.
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Dress AppropriatelyAttention: there are long distances to be covered on foot on the site, many of which are outdoors. While it can get very hot on the large grounds in summer, if there is a chance of rain, you should be appropriately equipped with rain gear. Sturdy footwear is also advisable.
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Set prioritiesDue to the gigantic grounds and the extensive exhibition areas, you should be clear in advance what exactly you want to see at Schönbrunn Palace or make a precise plan on site with the help of the overview maps. We have summarized the most important sights in the next section.
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Schönbrunn Palace: the most important sights

Schönbrunn Palace is all about courtly lifestyle and imperial splendor, not least because of the faithful furnishings of the antique chambers. On the 180-hectare (445-acre) grounds, however, you should carefully consider which sights fit best into your schedule.

The Palace

In the palace, the representative halls and private living quarters of Sisi, Franz and Maria Theresa are accessible as part of the admission fee. Typical of the era, the rooms are sumptuous with gold, exotic woods and paneling. In addition to the bookable Imperial Tour, which revolves primarily around the famous imperial couple, the Grand Tour covers additional areas of Schönbrunn Palace.

The Palace's Garden

In the baroque park there are more than 30 statues from ancient mythology as well as numerous noble fountains. Especially worth mentioning are the Neptune Fountain, but also the Mazes and the Labyrinth. Other highlights include the Obelisk Fountain and the Palm House. A climb up to the Gloriette is worthwhile for the magnificent view of Schönbrunn and Vienna. Alternatively, the Panoramabahn Schönbrunn can also be taken to the viewpoint and other stops.

Children's Museum

The little ones don't have to be bored, because the Children's Museum Schloss Schönbrunn teaches the history of the palace playfully. With toys and costumes, children can experience imperial history up close.

Historical Virtual Reality Castle Tour

The sights in the castle sound like a dusty history lesson? Not quite true. Schönbrunn presents itself quite modern through its virtual reality attraction. Through digital glasses, visitors can immerse themselves in virtual stories about the imperial family and other historical figures such as Mozart, who are being played with authentic costumes within the digital sets.

Christmas market

Due to the magnificent Christmas markets, Vienna is considered a popular destination even in winter. Therefore, it is only natural that the Schönbrunn Palace annually opens its own Culture & Christmas Market. During the winter season and up until early January the palace, with a Christmas tree some 20 m (65 ft) high, shines brightly in the evening in a moody atmosphere of light. In addition to punch and gift buying at the stalls, there are also live events.

Strudelshow

For those with a sweet tooth, the Strudel Show in Schönbrunn, which takes place several times a day, is particularly recommended: here, pastry chefs explain the individual steps involved in making a genuine Viennese apple strudel - of course, guests are also served a piece afterwards! It is worth booking in advance for this special performance.
Schönbrunn Palace | Photo: Fotoalfred - CC BY-SA 4.0

Related Sights

There are other Viennese sights under the Schönbrunn Palace umbrella, but the palace tickets are not valid for them. For the Wagenburg and the Schönbrunn Zoo there is information and tickets on separate pages.

Combo tickets

However, Schönbrunn Palace offers combo tickets: with the Classic Pass Plus, one may enter all attractions of the palace, but also the zoo Tiergarten Schönbrunn, including the Palm House and Desert House. With the Sisi Ticket, after the Grand Tour in the palace, the Sisi Museum in Vienna's 1st district and the Furniture Museum in Vienna's 7th district may be visited. Especially suitable for children is the ticket Kindermuseum + Maze + Zoo. However, depending on the season, this combination ticket is not always available. Ticket prices can be found at the bottom of this page.
Schönbrunn Castle by night | Photo: Arthur V. - CC BY 2.0

A history of Schönbrunn Palace

Few sights in Vienna bear as much witness to Habsburg splendor as the former imperial summer residence, Schönbrunn Palace. Our brief history of the palace explains what this baroque attraction is all about.

The origins

Originally, at the present site of Schönbrunn Palace near the Wien River in Hietzing, there have been ancient windmills and the so-called Gatterburg, the manor house of the mayor of Vienna. In 1569 Emperor Maximilian II acquired the forest and transformed the entire area into a hunting ground. For about a century, the forest area and the associated castle held on for this purpose until the latter was almost completely destroyed during the Second Turkish Siege in 1683.

First ambitions

After the destruction of the first palace, a new building was already on the agenda at the end of the 17th century. The new palace at Schönbrunn was to be particularly pompous and located at the level of the later Gloriette, in order to be able to compete with the magnificent French buildings at Versailles. However, the state budget did not allow for this, and a simplified design followed near the Vienna River. Only later Maria Theresa was to breathe new life into the palace.

Making a magnificent summer residence

Under Empress Maria Theresa, Schönbrunn Palace became what it is today. Starting in the 1740s, she officially made the palace grounds the summer residence of the Habsburgs and had it considerably expanded. Over the next few decades, a palace theater followed, where Mozart, among others, played, the botanical garden, and a menagerie - the foundation for the later Schönbrunn Zoo. But one important puzzle piece only followed later: It was only after the Congress of Vienna in the early 19th century that the facade was given its iconic yellow color.

A place for important political developments

Schönbrunn Palace was anything but an ordinary recreational oasis for the Habsburgs. Major political developments took place where tourists are drawn today. Napoleon, for example, stayed at the palace after occupying Vienna in the early 19th century. After Napoleon's fall, in turn, during the Congress of Vienna, Schönbrunn was the scene of pompous celebrations. When the last emperor of Austria abdicated at the end of the First World War, he signed his renunciation of the further rule of Austria at Schönbrunn Palace on November 11, 1918.
Main entrance Schönbrunn Palace | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tourist sensation

Schönbrunn Palace has over 1,400 rooms, most of which are now open to visitors. The baroque architecture and gardens not only look impressive from the outside. The interiors are also prime examples of art from the Baroque and Rococo periods as well as styles from the Gründerzeit. After all, the entire palace complex was meant to be representative of the power of the Habsburg dynasty. Today, the restored imperial chambers can be visited by guests, as can the impressively landscaped gardens with fountains, statues, maze and a labyrinth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Schönbrunn Palace accessible to disabled people?

All exhibitions are accessible with wheelchairs via ramps or lifts. But be careful: the Viewing Platform Kronprinzgarten and Irrgarten, the Bower Walk Kronprinzgarten and the Viewing Terrace Gloriette are accessible only by steps. Assistance dogs are allowed and companions of the disabled may enter the attractions free of charge by appointment. Special tours can be booked for the blind and a video guide in sign language is available for the deaf. Read more.

Are there guided tours?

There are two special guided tours: The Maria Theresa Palace Tour takes you through the empress's summer apartment and the most precious rooms. During the week, three tours are held daily in German, two in English; on weekends and holidays, two German and one English tour. Exclusively on weekends and holidays, the Franz Josef Palace Tour will be held once in German and once in English. It is guided through representative rooms and private rooms of the imperial couple. Read more.

Is it allowed to take pictures inside the castle?

No, photography in the castle is allowed only with special permission from the administration. Read more.

Can I bring food with me?

Food is strictly prohibited in the showrooms. Read more.

Can I take my luggage with me?

No, bags and luggage must be left in the checkroom of the main building. Read more.

Can I take my dog with me?

No, only assistance dogs are allowed at Schönbrunn Palace. Read more.

Are audio guides available?

Depending on availability, audio guides are included in the Imperial Tour and Grand Tour. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Schoenbrunn Palace is open every day including public holidays - from September 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, from April 1 to November 2, 2023 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, from November 3, 2023 to March 31, 2024 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The park gates are opened at 6:30 am. Park closing hours vary from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm depending on the season. Crown Prince Garden, Orangery Garden, Maze, Labyrinth, and the Observation Terrace on the Gloriette are open every day from 9:30 am, closing times vary seasonally between 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

address

Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47
1130 Wien

how to get there

Schloss Schönbrunn can be easily reached by walking from Schönbrunn station, which is served by U-Bahn line U4. It is also served by tram lines 10 and 60 and by bus number 10A. A parking lot is available on Schönbrunner Schloßstraße where you can park for €3.90 an hour up to a daily limit of €39.

tickets

Tickets for the Imperial Tour through the living quarters of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Sisi cost €24 for adults, €18 for students under 25 and disabled guests, and €17 for children between 6 and 18.

Tickets for the more extensive Grand Tour cost €29 for adults, €22 for students under 25 and disabled guests, and €21 for children and young people aged 6 to 18.

Admission to the Crown Prince Garden, Maze, Orangery Garden and the Viewing Platform of the Gloriette costs €4.50 each for adults or children or €3.50 with Vienna Pass, and €3.50 for people with disabilities. The Classic Pass gets you into all the attractions mentioned here as well as the Imperial Tour, each for €31 (adults) or €24 (children) or €29 (people with disabilities). With the Vienna Pass you can get the Classic Pass for €29.

Tickets for the Children's Museum cost €8.50 each for adults and children, and €7.50 for people with disabilities.

Children under 6 enjoy free admission for the palace, the viewing platform on the Gloriette, the Maze, the Crown Prince Garden and the Orangery Garden. Children under 3 can visit the Children's Museum for free.

The cost of castle tours is €30 for adults, €26 for students up to 25 years, €21 for children.

For the combination ticket Classic Pass Plus adults pay €57, people with disabilities €49, children €39.50. The Sisi Ticket costs €44 for adults, €37 for people with disabilities and €30 each for children. For the combination ticket Kindermuseum + Maze + Zoo adults pay 29 €, children 21 €.
Klaus Kainz
Written byKlaus KainzAs a studied historian, Klaus is not only interested in historical sights, but also in their fascinating backgrounds. For TicketLens, he gets to the heart of the most interesting information about attractions and travel destinations.
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