Schönbrunn Travel Guide

  • Visitors and Tourists Entrance Gates!
    Visitors and Tourists Entrance Gates!
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    The Fountain and beyond the Glorietta.
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Schönbrunn Things to Do

  • SOMMERNACHTSKONZERT SCHÖNBRUNN 2009

    We picked up a brochure about the Summer's Night concerts given in the Palace grounds and wished we could be there for the next one in June 2009.I can't imagine a more Viennese musical occasion - other than, of course, the New years Day Concert.If you plan to be in Vienna in early June, appreciate classical music and enjoy special occasions this...

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  • Attractions at Schonbrunn

    Personally, I found the Schonbrunn website (see below) to be very imformative when planning a trip, including the various attractions, history, opening hours etc.Useful subpage...

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  • Palace gardens (Part 2)

    More photographs of the palace gardens are shown here as well as the travelogue section of this VT page. In general, the best season to visit would be summer to autumn. Early summer (e.g. June) would be good because there would be less crowds.Overall, my wife and I had an enjoyable time walking around the palace gardens :)

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  • Palace gardens (Part 1)

    The park gardens of the Schonbrunn was opened to the public since 1779 and it is still a very popular spot till today. Most of the garden areas are free-of-charge and consist of beautiful lawned grounds, colourful flowers, statues, walking paths, fountains etc.This is a very good place to relax and spend some quality time, more information is at...

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  • Schonbrunn Zoo

    There is a zoo located at the premises of the Schonbrunn. Due to time constraint, my wife and I did not visit the zoo. If you are interested, more information is at the official website of the zoo below.

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  • Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain)

    The Neptune Fountain is a very impressive fountain of very detailed architecture located at the bottom of the hill behind the palace just after the garden area. You can actually walk up to the statues on top of the fountain via a path and take close-up photos of the statues as well as good views of the palace through the statues as shown in the...

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  • Roman ruins and statues

    Originally known as the Ruin of Carthage, the Roman Ruin was designed by the architect Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg and built in 1778. It was recently restored and consists of a rectangular pool enclosed by a massive arch with lateral walls, evoking the impression of an ancient edifice slowly crumbling into the ground. In the pool in...

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  • Gloriette

    The Gloriette structure on the hill behind the Schonbrunn palace was built in 1775. Maria Theresa decided the Gloriette to be designed to glorify Habsburg's power and the Just War, and thereby ordered to recycle the stones which was left from the almost-demolition of Schloss Neugebäude. Now, the Gloriette houses a cafe and it offers great views of...

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  • Schloss Schonbrunn

    The Schloss Schonbrunn is the centre piece of the visit to this historical place in Austria, which is also an UNESCO world heritage site since 1996.In order to fully appreciate the long history of the Palace from its days when Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II brought this land in 1569 till the modern era, please visit the webpage below.

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  • Panda!

    Not so many zoos in the world host Pandas. The fact that here in Schoenbrunn is now a couple of them clearly shows the quality and standing of this zoo. China allows only seldom to "export" Pandas. We saw only one of them - it seems understandable that the hope is minimal to see one day Panda babies here....

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  • ..and they prefer a somewhat cooler...

    In general a visit of the zoo can be highly recommended. As mentioned it is the oldest zoo in the world but underwent in the last few years a facelifting making it now one of the most modern zoos existing.

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  • Hippopotamus

    I can't help, I love the Hippo but they are extremely dangerous so this was the only chance to be on a pic with it (the originals were al the time in the water, only the eyes, ears and the nose holes were visible...)

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Schönbrunn Restaurants

  • Vienniese Coffee & Strudel.

    After our disappointing guided tour of the Palace, and a quick turn around the wintery gardens in the rain, we were glad to sit down in the elegant surroundings of the Cafe Residenz before leaving the Palace grounds.We ordered cafe wien melange and apfel strudel - the latter was to die for, the coffee local -but not quite to our taste for stronger,...

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  • Goulash soup and wine

    If you get hungry while doing the tourist thing there are some small cafes off the side of the Palace grounds to the right when looking from the entrance. They are down a little side area between the Palace buildings near the carriage museum.Here we found a great bowl of goulash soup and brot (bread) and a real good bottle of Austrian wine all for...

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Schönbrunn Transportation

  • Leisurely walk

    If you are going to Schonbrunn, it is important to give yourself half a day or more to explore because this place and its surrounding premises are very big with the gardens, zoo, monuments etc.During spring to autumn, the good weather allows you to have a leisurely stroll and this is really a very good way to spend the holidays. Take your time and...

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  • Horse carriages

    When you are at Schonbrunn, there are horse carriages which offer a traditional and romantic way of viewing the historical sights. Horse carriages are also common in other parts of Vienna city, especially at the Holfburg Palace area. One important thing to note is that the horse carriage ride will be expensive.

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  • Subway (U-Bahn)

    The easiest way to travel from the Vienna city centre area to Schonbrunn is by the subway (U-Bahn). The Schonbrunn subway station is located on the U4 line of the U-Bahn. If you are at Karlsplatz station in the city centre, it will be easy because this is also on the U4 line (5 stations away). If you are at Stephansplatz station, you can take the...

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Schönbrunn Local Customs

  • Exercising and playing in Schoenbrunn

    Schoenbrunn and its gardens are more than just a tourists' place. While visiting the gardens on a Saturday morning I came across many locals doing some exercise and running. It is also frequent to find mummies and daddies playing with their little children or pushing their babies' car. I find it particularly nice that this beautiful garden is in...

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  • Information and thanks

    There are many information signs around the site with a wealth of information on them. The signs will tell you a little of the history of the palace and the surrounding area.There is a tourist information area in the main town just outside of the Palace that can be most helpful with information about the trains, the local hotels and other...

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Schönbrunn Warnings and Dangers

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    A crowd queuing up at Schloss Schonbrunn, Vienna

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    Schonbrunn can be very crowded especially during the peak summer season (June to August). Do go early to avoid the mid-day crowds (see opening hours at the webpage below).

    The outside garden areas are OK because they are very big and well spread out, however do beware of the long queue visiting the inner premises/rooms of the Schloss Schonbrunn. It can get very crowded inside the rooms due to lots of tourists.

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Schönbrunn Tourist Traps

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    by micas_pt Updated Sep 11, 2005

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    I found Schoenbrunn palace too touristy, but I guess that Vienna itself is a touristy destination, so the city's highlights will definitely be packed with visitors. Amongst all the touristy highlights I visited in Vienna, this was the one that I found more packed with visitors.

    Unique Suggestions: Go to Schoenbrunn and if you think that the palace is packed with tourists inside, take a stroll around the gardens, see the statues and ponds, the roman ruins, go up the Gloriette and enjoy the magnificent views, visit the greenhouse and eventually the zoo.

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Schönbrunn What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Feb 1, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 19°C ( 49 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 9°C ( 34 - 48°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 25°C ( 71 - 75°F ); min: 12 - 15°C ( 52 - 59°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 20°C ( 43 - 68°F); min: 1 - 11°C ( 34 – 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 2 – 4°C ( 36 - 39°F); min: -2 - 1°C ( 28 - 34°F )

    There's alway a slight breeze from the Vienna Forest that makes the air clean and fresh.

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Schönbrunn Off The Beaten Path

  • A Memorial to Anton Bruckner

    We spotted this memorial plaque on an external wall of the Palace. Our guide had not "noticed" it before and could not tell us anything about it. I wanted to know if Bruckner, one of the last great Romantic composers, who had been honoured by the Austrian Court in Vienna had actually died in the Palace - or if the plaque had been transferred from...

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  • Schloss Schonbrunn at night

    Most tourist will visit Schonbrunn during daytime, but Schonbrunn is very beautiful at night with its beautiful lights (see photo). Thanks to Michael (VT member globetrott), my wife and I managed to see this on our way back from the Wachau area to Vienna.However, do note the opening hours (see webpage below) so that if you are interested to see the...

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  • The Maze at Schönbrunn Castle's park

    The Maze was started between 1698 and 1740. In the old days, the Imperial family walked through these winding hedges. Today, you can do it too.

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Schönbrunn Favorites

  • Musical bands

    When my wife and I were at Schonbrunn in June 2008, there was a musical festival there and we saw different bands wearing traditional Austrian costumes heading to the palace. We managed to take some photos and they are located at the travelogue section of this VT page :)

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  • Great views of Schonbrunn and Vienna...

    When you are at the hill behind the Schonbrunn palace and garden, where the Gloriette and Neptune Fountain are located, you will have great views of the palace, garden and Vienna city as well.This hill has lots of benches and very popular for tourist to sit here to relax, especially during the warm summer months. The hill itself is not very steep...

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  • A little bit of history

    Schoenbrunn palace was ordered in 1695 by Emperor Leopold I with the purpose of building a summer residence. The selected place to build the palace was where formerly stood the hunting pavilion destroyed by the Turkish troops. But Emperor Leopold I didn't finish this palace, later completed by Maria Theresa's architect Nikolaus Pacassi. The palace,...

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