The Schönbrunn Palace, also known as the Versailles of Vienna, was the summer palace of the Habsburg rulers.
The baroque-style palace has more than 1,400 rooms, and over 300 years of history, has been modified based on the tastes of the monarchs of Habsburg. Today, it is one of the most important architectural, historical and cultural monuments of Austria.
An important element to emphasize of this palace, is the magnificent scenography and how, the Gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace, modifies the landscape. The garden is divided into: Great Parterre, located between the Schönbrunn Palace and the Fountain of Neptune; the French Garden, with its iconic labyrinth; Tiergarten Schönbrunn, a zoo that appears among the fine gardens and with the peculiarity that it is the oldest zoo in the world; an Orangerie, dating from 1755; the Garden of English style, in the western part; the Pavilion of palm trees; the house of the sundial; and the botanical garden, among other attractions.
Throughout the gardens, we can delight with more than 32 sculptures, Roman ruins, an obelisk and the famous Gloriette, located on a hill 60 meters high. Today the Gloriette, houses a cafeteria and an incredible viewpoint to the city.
Inside the palace, there is a section dedicated to the Children's Museum, where the youngest can experience the way the children of the kings dress, their customs and traditions, and all in a royal environment. In addition, children can play with royalty toys, and they can even celebrate their birthday.
Spend a night at The Schönbrunn Palace, it sounds crazy, right? The truth is that in this palace everything can happen. Children can celebrate their birthday, and in turn, adults can enjoy a dinner as if they were emperors, and sleep as if they were princesses. All in an imperial environment.
The Museum of Imperial Carriages, is a pleasant visit on the outskirts of the palace. If you have time, near this site, you can also visit Technisches Museum of Vienna and the Vienna Museum Otto Wagner Hofpavillion Hietzing.
The Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens are the most visited site in Vienna, and were declared a World Heritage Site.
+ The little Mozart, at the age of 6 years played in the Hall of Mirrors of the palace his first recital before Empress Maria Theresa.
*Location: In Vienna.
*Schedule: Schönbrunn Palace 8:00-17:30(Abril-June & September-October), 8:00-18:30 (July-August), 8:00-17:00 (November-March).
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*Rates: (All prices are in Euros).
Imperial Tour for audults...$16.
Imperial Tour for child (6-18 years old)...$11,50.
Imperial Tour for students (19-25 years old)...$14,50.
Grand Tour for adults...$20.
Grand Tour for child (6-18 years old)...$13.
Grand Tour for students (19-25 years old)...$18.
Gloriette for adults...$4,50.
Gloriette for child (6-18 years old)...$3,20.
Gloriette for students (19-25 years old)...$3,50.
Children's Museum for adults...$9,50.
Children's Museum (3-18 years old)...$7,50.
Children's Museum (19-25 years old)...$7,50.
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*Duration: Imperial Tour 35 minutes, Grand Tour 60 minutes. In total, if you want to visit the highlights of the palace and the gardens, you will need between 3 and 4 hours.
*Warning: Respect all the rules of security and preservation of the Palace, do not touch the paintings, do not even enter with bulky elements. In some places, photographs are prohibited, so it is advisable to pay attention to the signs.
*Advice: Buy tickets online and be in the Schönbrunn Palace at 8:00 in the morning, to avoid crowds.
*Best time: May-September.
*Website: Schöenbrunn Palace.