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Visit the world’s oldest continuously operating zoo in the beautiful grounds of Schönbrunn Palace! The Tiergarten Schönbrunn has been home to a range of animals from both Europe and further afield since it was founded in 1752, and today it cares for over 700 species, including the rare giant panda. Lines for entry can be long, especially in summer, so book tickets in advance to save time on the day!
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6 Tips for Visiting the Schönbrunn Zoo

Gloriette | Photo: Flickr, Simon Matzinger - CC BY 2.0
If you want to see everything in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, but are dreading the hike up to the Gloriette and Tirolergarten, then why not take a trip on the Panorama train? With spaces for wheelchair users or strollers, you’ll take a leisurely drive past the palace, up to the Gloriette, and then down to the zoo. A combo ticket including entry to the zoo is available.
Two-toed Sloth | Photo: Flickr, Gerwin Sturm - CC BY-SA 2.0
Entry to the zoo is free with the Vienna Pass, plus the pass also includes a trip on the Panorama train and a visit to the Desert Experience House (Wustenhaus) as well.
If you want to see any of the talks from zookeepers or the animal feedings, plan your route around the park with those in mind so that you’re in the right place at the right time!
Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes for walking, and check the weather report to make sure you’re prepared. In summer you’ll need sunglasses, sunblock, hats, and refillable water bottles (fountains are available throughout the park), and in winter you’ll need warm clothes, and an umbrella in case of rain.
The Tiergarten Schönbrunn is extremely popular with locals, especially at the weekends and in summer. Weekdays are less busy, so try to go then if possible.
You can leave the zoo and come back if you want to go and sit on the lawns of the Schönbrunn gardens for a picnic, but remember to get your ticket stamped before you go through the gate. Just ask a member of staff and they’ll be able to assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s special about the Schönbrunn Zoo?

The Tiergarten Schönbrunn is the oldest continuously operating zoo in the world, founded in 1752 as an imperial menagerie by Francis I, Empress Maria Theresia’s husband. At the center is a stunning baroque pavilion, initially intended to be used for imperial breakfasts - today it’s a cafe for guests! The zoo originally had 13 enclosures, but it’s grown and is now home to 8,500 animals from over 700 species. The zoo is also one of the few in Europe that has giant pandas, and it’s also the only zoo in Europe to successfully breed pandas naturally. Read more.

Can we meet the animals?

There are talks from zookeepers about the animals throughout the day, where you might also get to see the animals being fed, and, for children, there’s also a petting zoo with miniature goats. For those who desperately want to meet a particular animal, you can book an experience, from giant turtles to rhinoceroses, where a keeper will teach you all about how they care for the animals. You might even get a chance to feed them! Experiences must be booked via an email to Read more.

How long does it take to visit the zoo?

It takes between 2 and 4 hours to walk through and see most enclosures, although those with children can easily spend a whole day roaming the zoo. If you also intend to see Schönbrunn Palace and the Gloriette, you should plan to spend a whole day in the zoo, park, and gardens. Read more.

Are there guided tours?

There are a limited number of guided tours available, though you can’t book a place on the day of your visit. Themed tours are available for groups, then there are evening and night tours during summer and backstage tours which focus on the design and maintenance of a single enclosure at a time. Guided tours need to be booked in advance via an email to For those who speak German, there are frequent talks from zookeepers at the individual animal enclosures, these occur at fixed times which can be found in the map of the zoo handed out at the entrance. Some of the talks include feedings and will probably be interesting to you even if your German isn’t quite up to the challenge of the talks! Read more.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The Tiergarten Schönbrunn is open 365 days a year. It opens daily at 9 am, closing times vary depending on the season but are between 4.30 am in winter and 6.30 pm in summer. The Aquarium-Terrarium house and the Tyrolean farmhouse close at the end of visiting hours, the Bird House closes an hour before the zoo closes, and all the other exhibits close half an hour before closing time.


Tickets cost €20 for adults and €10 for children aged 18 and under and disabled visitors. Children under the age of 6 can enter free of charge. The zoo is included in the Vienna Pass. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult when they visit.


Schönbrunn Zoo
Maxingstraße 13b
1130 Vienna

How to get there:

Tiergarten Schönbrunn is in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace and is best accessed by entering the grounds through the Hietzinger Tor entrance. The gate can be reached via public transport to Hietzing station, which is served by U-Bahn (U4), trams (lines 10, 58, and 60) and bus services (51A, 56A, 56B, and 58A). A limited number of parking spaces (including those for disabled visitors) are available in the nearby street called Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg.


Lockers can be found in the basement of the visitor information center, by the entrance of the zoo. These are free of charge, but you’ll need a €1 coin to operate them. The large lockers can accommodate larger backpacks or small suitcases (dimensions are 21 x 17 x 13 inches). There are no facilities for storing strollers or scooters.


The majority of the zoo’s enclosures are easy to access via wheelchair, but the pathway to and from the Tirolergarten entrance are extremely steep and not suitable for wheelchair users. Disabled toilets are available at a number of sites, you’ll need a euro-key to access those at the Hietzing and Neptun entrances and that in the Ape House. Euro-keys can be borrowed at the Hietzing and Neptun ticket offices. Wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge at all of the zoo’s entrances. Guide dogs and trained assistance dogs are exempt from the zoo’s ban on dogs, owners are asked to bring along their dog’s ID and to ensure that they are wearing a vest to identify them as a service animal. Adapted tours are available for disabled visitors, email for more information.
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