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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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  • Very large sprawled out Palace. In 1569, Emperor Maximilian II purchased the palace as a hunting lodge. It was used by various Hapsburg Rulers until 1740 when work to enlarge the premises was taken....  more
    Very large sprawled out Palace. In 1569, Emperor Maximilian II purchased the palace as a hunting lodge. It was used by various Hapsburg Rulers until 1740 when work to enlarge the premises was taken....  more »
  • The place was impressive and ‘big’. There was few decorative lights with Christmas mkt stalls around . There every category was well represented it wasn’t as colourful and bright as other years.The... 
    The place was impressive and ‘big’. There was few decorative lights with Christmas mkt stalls around . There every category was well represented it wasn’t as colourful and bright as other years.The...  more »
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  • An Austrian palace with big gardens, rose garden and a botanic garden. Easy to get using public transportation. I took the 22 rooms self-tour (Imperial, 18€), and got audio guide included. Most of the rooms are not special or beautiful, the last 4-5 are the interesting rooms. If you have 2-3 free hours, it can be nice (but not a must). I was on February and the plants are in hibernation. I believe the gardens are beautiful on the spring / summer.
  • Just amazing! An amazing thing: we did not have time to visit everything (we were left with Desert house and Palm house plus the Maze) but it closed by 16:30 and we ran out of time (we started at 10:00 touring everything on the Great Tour plus). But we came back the other day and tickets were still available, which was amazing! So you can come back anytime and finish your tour the other day :)

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