Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

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Must see · World heritage site · Castle · Architectural Building
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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  • Very impressive palace. Because of the actual situation we visited almost alone this place! That’s incredible and unique. You really could feel that time and got the feeling there are back soon. The.....  more »
  • The gardens of the palace are incredible. Entry is also free. The vast gardens are so well-kept, with so many areas to the sides, and of course the view from the top of the hill is breathtaking. So...  more »
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  • There's the palace itself inside, and there's the huge park outside. Both are amazing. Treat yourself to the full tour of the palace (there's a cheaper, shorter one that skips the best rooms). Come early: your ticket entry will be hours away. Use that time to explore the park and adjacent attractions. Visit in warm seasons to enjoy the greenery and hedge maze.
  • There's the palace itself inside, and there's the HUGE park outside. Both are amazing. Treat yourself to the full tour of the palace (there's a cheaper, shorter one that skips the best rooms). Come early: your ticket entry will be hours away. Use that time to explore the park and adjacent attractions. Visit in warm seasons to enjoy the greenery and hedge maze. To cover the entire place you'll need a few hours.

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