Vienna Schonbrunn Palace from hill

This palace is slightly out of the city centre of Vienna, but is easy to get to on the metro and is a real treat.  It’s one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria and is essentially a huge yellow palace which illustrates the tastes of the Habsburgs who ruled Austria for centuries.  The audio tour of the building is fascinating and the gardens are equally impressive.  At Christmas there is often a large craft market at the front of the palace too. We could have spent an entire day here and it’s the place that sticks in our minds when we think of Vienna.    This is an extract from our free Vienna City Guide.

Vienna Schonbrunn side view
Schonbrunn Palace from the side, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace is open daily from 8.30am, closing at 5pm in April, May, June, September and October, 6pm in July and August and at 4.30pm from November to March.  There are two tours you can take, the first is the shorter “Imperial Tour” at 10.50 Euros including the audioguide which takes in 22 rooms.  We’d recommend the longer “Grand Tour” though at 13.50 Euros including your audioguide (2012 prices) which takes in 40 rooms.  There is also the Sisi ticket which gives you access to both Schonbrunn and the Hofburg in central Vienna.  For an extra special experience at Schonbrunn, there are a number of events you can attend to get the most out of your visit to Vienna. The top 3 most popular options are as follows…
1. Schonbrunn Tour, Dinner & Evening Concert
2. Vienna Historical Tour Including Schonbrunn
3. Schonbrunn Evening Concert

Vienna Schonbrunn inside
One oif the ornate rooms inside Schonbrunn palace. Vienna


Address: Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47, 1130 Wien, Austria
Tel: +43 1 811 13-0

If you don’t want to take the Metro, another option is the Vienna Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour which stops at Schonbrunn Palace


Top Schonbrunn Tours – From our Vienna Tours & Activities pages
Hotels near Schönbrunn – Great rates from
Vienna Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour – Stops at Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn – Official Website
Schonbrunn – Wikipedia
Schonbrunn – Unesco
Vienna Guide Books – (UK)
Vienna Travel Books – (US & Canada)