Free Grand Tour of Schönbrunn Palace*
Normal Price: Adult: EUR 22; Child: EUR 15
*and Gloriette, Maze, Privy Garden and Orangery Garden
Deep rooted in Vienna’s imperial past, Schönbrunn Palace is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Vienna. Under the reign of Maria Theresia in the 18th century Schönbrunn Palace was to become the magnificent focus of court life. From that time onwards it played host to the leading statesmen of Europe. In 1996 Schönbrunn Palace and park were put on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. The cultural and picturesque Schönbrunn Palace is one of Vienna’s most popular historical attractions and is waiting to be discovered.
There is so much to discover in Schönbrunn. Make sure you have enough time to stroll through the entire estate. Click here for a map of the Schonbrunn Palace and estate.
- There were an impressive 1,441 rooms in the Schönbrunn Palace, each with a different style
- Young Mozart gave his very first concert at the age of six to Empress Maria Theresa in the resplendent Mirror Room
- An inventory of the palace gardens in 1900 counted 25,000 orchids of 1,500 different species which held the record as the largest collection in Europe at that time
- Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Stephan of Lorraine had sixteen children! Eleven daughters and five sons…
Please note that Schönbrunn Palace is one of Vienna’s most popular attractions and can be crowded, especially during the main season and on holidays. Please get your free ticket for the Grand Tour at the Group Center, which is part of the Arrival Center located at the Bus Terminal in front of Schönbrunn Palace in the morning (from 9:30am). Your ticket will have an exact admission time at which you can start exploring the palace. Should admission not be possible on the same day because the maximum capacity has already been reached, you will receive a ticket with an admission time for the following day. If you start using your Vienna PASS at Schönbrunn Palace please note that your Vienna PASS is activated upon scanning at the Group Center and already counts as first day of your pass duration even if your entry ticket for the Grand Tour is valid for the following day. Please consider this when planning your trip!
Take part in the Grand Tour of Schönbrunn Palace to learn about the Viennese dynasty and get a glimpse into the old imperial world. Walk through the elaborate themed rooms from Sisi’s private chambers and beauty salon, to the Marie Antoinette room which was used to host family dinners. Marvel at the opulence of the Rococo décor that makes Schönbrunn Palace so unique – including the Room of Mirrors in which Mozart played his first performance as a child. Take in the plush carpets, huge paintings and silk wallpapers – there’s nothing underwhelming about this imperial summer residence!
The Children's Museum at Schönbrunn Palace is a great way to get your kids involved in Vienna's imperial history. This museum looks at the world in which children lived during the Austrian Empire, both from here within the palace, to down in the poorer neighbourhoods of Vienna. It's a fascinating step back in time to learn about the society and demands of children over the changing hands of imperial power. Please note that the Children's museum has saisonal opening hours.
Schönbrunn Palace is so vast that it is home to Vienna’s zoo, which also holds the title of the oldest zoo in the world. Built in 1752 by Emperor Franz I Stephan, Maria Theresa’s husband, it started off as a mere menagerie – now it attracts over 2million visitors a year to view the collection of rare animals. Recent record breaking events include the rare, natural conception of a baby panda Fu Long. With over 500 animal species, the Schönbrunn Zoo is considered one of the best and most modern zoo, with its historic charm ever present. Further information on Schönbrunn Zoo can be found here.
Marvel at the lavish carriages of the imperial family in the palace's Carriage Museum. The collection includes the elaborate carriage built for the coronation of Joseph II in 1764 - which weights 4000 kgs! - and was hand painted and carved by Franz Xaver Wagenschön. Further information on the Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna can be found here.
The Privy Garden, known originally as the Crown Prince Rudolf Garden, is home to some of the most spectacular plants and flowers in the summer time due to its sheltered location by the east palace façade. Arranged in manicured lawns and landscaped flower beds, the stunning Privy Garden is centred around an ancient yew tree. Adjacent to the Privy Garden is 'On the Cellar', where visitors can explore the oldest part of the gardens on the estate which date back to 1700.
Measuring 189m in length, the Orangery is one of the two largest Baroque orangeries in the world, alongside the one in Palace of Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris. Franz Joseph II used to use his Orangery, or as it was called, the 'winter garden', for imperial court festivities where he would decorate the citrus trees and exotic flowers to impress his guests!
The crowning touch to the Baroque palace, the Gloriette was literally meant to be the icing on the cake. A colonnaded building flanked by wings, arches and topped with an imperial eagle – you can’t get much more impressive than this. The inner hall was originally used as a dining room in the 19th century and now there is a lovely café open to guests. Take in the spectacular views over the gardens and palace from this unique vantage point, perfect for some impressive photos.
The maze in the park at Schönbrunn Palace actually consists of three parts: the maze, the labyrinth, and the Labyrinthikon playground. The maze was initially laid out around 1720 and then gradually abandoned until the last hedges were felled in 1892. In 1999, it was reconstructed based on historical models over an area of 1715 m². The labyrinth is a relaxing place filled with games and fun for young and old alike. The Labyrinthikon playground, designed by Günter Beltzig, is a playground where all generations can experiment.
It was Joseph II who opened the palace gardens to the public in 1779. The design and garden architecture of the complex still bears the signature of his mother, Empress Maria Theresa. The park reflects the baroque concept of the palace, according to which architecture and nature had to interpenetrate. The park should also be a symbol of imperial power, which is expressed, for example, in the strictly symmetrical beds of the Great Parterre, which you shouldn't miss with the botanical garden.
The Palace gardens and park were open to the public in 1779 by Josepf II. It was Maria Theresias who helped design the intricate style and landscaping still visible today. The gardens reflect the same Baroque style and concepts – architecture and nature should be intertwined – that extend from the palace itself. The gardens were meant to be a symbol of imperial power, so don’t miss the ordered, symmetrical beds of the Great Parterre and the Botanical Garden.
Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 811 13-239