Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

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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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  • Was there during Christmas/New Year’s holiday. Beautiful palace. Vienna’s version of Paris’ Versailles. Beautiful. Walked all the way to the end of the gardens and up the hill and had lunch at the...  more »
  • This was by far my least favorite attraction in Vienna. The palace is amazing and the chance to see furniture in situ should be stunning, but the entire event is handled as if a cattle call...  more »
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  • A fantastic and impressive palace on an unbelievable scale. Full of history and splendour. The inside is spectacular and the grounds offer much to see, including views of the city centre. It is easy to imagine you have travelled back in time. Can be accessed on the Vienna Bus and Big Bus tours. If you don’t wish to pay for entry to the building, access to the gardens is free. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful estate. Well manicured and managed. Great that’s it’s open to the public! I love that people jog all over the estate. Definitely worth the visit. But I advise to go on warmer and nicer days! Here’s a photo of the gorgeous green house.
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