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Schönbrunn Palace


Free State Apartments Tour of Schönbrunn Palace*
Normal price: Adults: €22; Children: €14


Free State Apartments Tour of Schönbrunn Palace*
Normal price: Adults: €20; Children: €13


Please not that there is no fast track entry at Schönbrunn palace. You will get a free ticket with your fixed time slot at the ticket counter in the Group Center of the Arrical Center Schönbrunn.

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.


  • Schönbrunn Palace (Free State Apartments Tour)
  • Schönbrunn Zoo
  • Imperial Carriage Museum - (only included in the Vienna PASS)

Did you know:

- 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 the most popular sights in Vienna and is particularly crowded during the peak tourist season and on public holidays. Please get your free admission ticket for the State Apartments Tour at the Ticket Center at the entrance already in the morning (from 8:30 am). With your ticket you will be allocated an exact entry time at which you can start your tour of the palace. If, for capacity reasons, admission is no longer possible on the same day, you will be issued a ticket with a fixed admission time for the following day. If you are planning your first visit to Schönbrunn Palace with the Vienna PASS, please note that your Vienna PASS will be activated by scanning it and the duration of the pass will begin, even if your time slot for the State Apartments Tour is only valid for the following day. We ask you to take this into account when planning your trip!

Things to see at Schönbrunn Palace and Estate:

See the Great and Small Galleries with their magnificent stucco and fresco decorations. From the time of Maria Theresa until the 20th century, the two halls were used for ceremonial events, balls and private family celebrations. Maria Theresa's preference for precious objects from East Asia is reflected in the Chinese cabinets. Large-format paintings depict the important events of the famous monarch, which not only shaped European politics but were also intended to be remembered by posterity. For conservation reasons, these cabinets cannot be entered and are protected by glass doors.

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.

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

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.

Please note that the attractions in the Palace gardens are closed during the winter month (mid November to mid March). Please check the seasonal opening hours. 

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1st April to 2nd November

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 17:30
Sunday08:30 - 17:30

3rd November to 31st March

Monday08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday08:30 - 17:00
Thursday08:30 - 17:00
Friday08:30 - 17:00
Saturday08:30 - 17:00
Sunday08:30 - 17:00
Last Admission: (to Palace) 45 mins before closing


Metro:U4 Schönbrunn
Tram:10, 52, 60 Schloß Schönbrunn
Bus: 10A Schloß Schönbrunn

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Route: Yellow Line
Bus Stop: Schloss Schönbrunn


Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130  Vienna
Phone: +43 1 811 13-239

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