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Schönbrunn Palace

The summer residence of the Habsburgs -- often called "Austria's Versailles" -- is one of Vienna's most popular tourist attractions. The famous Austrian Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was responsible for the plans of the castle. He selected the distinctive basic forms of the mighty structure: the two wings, the main courtyard, and the staircase to the garden.

Only under Empress Maria Theresa, who lived here with her husband and 16 children, did the palace become the center of the imperial court. At the request of the empress in 1744-49, it was expanded and remodeled in a playful rococo style. In all, Schönbrunn has 1400 rooms, of which about 40 can be visited on the guided tour. Also worth seeing are the wagons in the west wing, with its collection of more than 60 historical ceremonial carriages and state carriages.

Especially for the Viennese, Schönbrunn Palace doesn't just mean the palace itself but also the beautiful park, which is often used for walking and jogging. On a tour of the 0.7-square-mile facility, which is designed entirely as geometrical French baroque gardens, you will encounter a palm house, a maze of yard-high hedges, and a passel of trusting squirrels. You'll also see Vienna's charming zoo, which dates back to 1752 -- it is the oldest zoo in the world. A special tip is the Roman ruins -- a strikingly realistic but artificial ruined palace dripping with romantic decay. Above all, the crowning glory of the park is the Gloriette on a hilltop, a neoclassical portico that contains a restaurant. Today, in the former dining and breakfast room of Emperor Franz Joseph, anyone can have brunch or coffee or simply enjoy the glorious view of Vienna.

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Latest Schönbrunn Palace reviews (41)

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  • Merita sicuramente una visita! A dicembre il parco non è sicuramente bello quanto lo sarebbe in primavera, ma l' atmosfera che si respira è meravigliosa grazie alla presenza dei mercatini di Natale. Interni bellissimi!
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  • Kartenverkauf: 40 Minuten anstehen. Obendrüber Bildschirm: Nächster Einlass 14:00.3 Pappaufsteller auf der Theke zeigen an: Warten bis Einlass 30 Min, 60Min, 120Min?! Aha?? da vertrauen wir mal der Technik. 13:45Uhr bekomme ich meine Karten. Einlass 16:10 😏Im Haupteingang stehen dann 2 Automaten ohne Schlange. Es ist kurz nach 14:00Uhr. der Automat sagt. Wartezeit 1:15h. Fühle mich verarscht. Das Schloss ist beeindruckend und einen Besuch wert. auch der Weihnachtsmarkt davor.
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  • gigantische Ausmaße.
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  • such a long line! if you are still 18 you get in for half price
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  • bei einee Wien Sightseeingtour darf das Schloss Schönbrunn natürlich nicht fehlen. Kaiser Franz begegnet einem ja sowieso an jeder Ecke. Der Prunk in den Räumen und das schiere Ausmaß Schlosses insgesamt ist unglaublich. wir hatten eine geführte Tour mit dem Audio Guide. Dies ist auch schon sehr informativ. Viel wissenswertes Über die Habsburger kommt darin zur Sprache. Man bekommt auch einen guten Einblick in das tägliche Leben der Kaiserfamilie
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  • Beeindruckende Anlage!
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  • belle ballade en caleche visite tres interressente nous obligeant a revoir notre histoire immence parc avec une immence serre de palmier et un des plus grand zoo d'europe Superficie aussi grande que Monaco
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  • Amazing place!
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  • immer wieder schoen aber bitte mit Fuehrung geniessen. unser Guide glänzte mit Witz und Charme
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  • ya le fils de sissi ki mattend
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  • Whole day would not be enough to tour this very large beautiful magical place.
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  • It is a butifull park, completely free!
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  • beautiful place
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  • excelente
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  • nice place! love the zoo
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  • Sehr schöner Park
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  • sehr schön, wenn auch teuer (13,50 €), großer Park
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  • lohnt sich
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  • beautiful - amazing!!!
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  • super
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  • Just outside the city, this beautiful rococo palace was home to (or maybe the hunting lodge of) the erstwhile royal family, whose doe-like images still adorn the walls. It's way cooler than Versaille.
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  • perfect place. not only for sight-seeing but also for running and a nice walk.
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  • noch immer schoen!
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  • Magnifique!!! :P:P
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  • ich liebe dieses schlos
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  • Very nice place
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    Pretty park which invites you to linger. If the weather is sunny go to the Gloriette and order an apple strudel.
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    Just like in a dream, great buildings, great terrain and incredibly beautiful gardens
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  • great
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    Beautiful gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn!
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  • loss of time! especially for the one who has seen a palace like Palacio Real:(
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    A great park with amazing buildings. There is a puppet performance of "The Magic Flute"
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  • Excellent traditional cafe at Schonbrunn called 'Residenz'. Open 09:00-20:00
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    Just perfect for a romantic walk, for jogging
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    I simply love this castle with its beautiful park!!!
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  • all about Sissy
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  • its all about Sissy ... but its a great place for jogging!!!
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  • never understood the hype behind this place...
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    A real show!
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  • probably the most amazing sight in vienna. not only is the building fascinating, but behind the building theres the gloriette on top of a hill which provides a beautiful view of the entire city.
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  • Also great for jogging in the huge park!
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