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    Schonbrunn

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 27, 2004

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    Inside Schonbrunn

    Maria Theresia's favorite residence was here at the palace of Schonbrunn. Her lavish tastes ooze from the walls and the painting they hold, as well as the furniture and gardens that permeate every inch of this place. Unfortunately, I was here on an overcast, gloomy day in November. So, I saw the gardens in less than their proclaimed glory, that EVERYONE told me. Why don't you just rub it in! Anyway, the palace is worth the short trip out here alone. But, I am sure that a visit in the spring time, or even late in the summer would provide a much better floral ambience. Guess I'll have to go back!

    Tours are fairly expensive, as far as museums go. There are two types, the 22 room tour and the 44 room tour.

    22 = 8 Euro, 44 = 10 Euro

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    by MishyM Written Feb 22, 2006

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    Schoenbrunn during summer
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    Schoenbrunn Palace is one of the best sites to visit whilst in Vienna, with numerous attractions - from the palace itself, and seeing its beautiful bedrooms, ballrooms and living areas, to the gardens, the maze, botanical gardens and even a zoo. There are also a number of places to eat, especially at Christmas time where there is even a smaller version of the Christmas markets at the palace, with many food stands, as well as the normal Christmas decoration stands.

    There is plenty for children and adults alike to do here, so it is certainly a family friendly attraction.

    Schoenbrunn belonged to the Habsburg family since the time of Maximilian II in 1569, until it was given to the Republic of Austria at the end of the Monarchy, and since 1992 has been looked after by a private company.

    You have a choice of the Imperial Tour with an audioguide which allows you to see 22 rooms for:
    Adults: 8,90 euros
    Children: 4,70 euros
    Students: 7,90 euros

    Or the Grand Tour with audioguide which allows you to see 40 rooms for:
    Adults: 11,50 euros
    Children: 6,00 euros
    Students: 10,20 euros
    Wien card: 10,20 euros

    Please note the above tours do not include access to the Zoo or Palm House, but you can buy the Schoenbrunn Pass Gold which allows you access to the rooms, as well as both of these others.

    For more details on group discounts and guided tour costs, please see this site:
    http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/site/publicdir/0101060000_91.php

    The audioguide is available in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Hungarian.

    You can find the opening times for all of Schoenbrunn's attractions here:
    http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/site/publicdir/0101050000_90.php#schlosszeit

    I really can not recommend this Palace enough, there is something for everyone!

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    Schönbrunn zoo - The Aquarium and Terrarium

    by desert_princess Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    The biggest living Coral reef in Austria
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    2000 - After two and a half years of construction, the newly equipped aquaria-terraria house and the newly constructed crocodile pavillion were opened. For the first time you can observe the crocodiles under water .Here you will find the largest living coral reef in Austria in an aquarium with a volume of 80,000 liters, a glass tunnel under water where you can see the "amazon habitat". And one of the largest breeding spaces in the world of the highly endangered corned iguana ( a real miniature dinosaur )
    On this place from 1752 until the end of the monarchy in 1918 was located the chicken yard equipped with an artificial stream and bordering the alley of the administrative building.

    In the aqarium house you will see tropical reefs in huge salt water aquariums with fish in all the colors of the rainbow, as you pass through a tunnel where other big fishesss swim above your head and at your sides...
    on one of the photos you can see this fascinating butterfly fish and a black ball of needles, spying on everything with its orange eyes - spooky thing!!!

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  • Vienna top spot!!!

    by Fra.da. Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    Schonbrunn Palace as you get in
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    I am in love with Schonbrunn Palace. I have fallen in love with it as I was 4 years old. Vienna was one of the first cities I've visited, and I've been so lucky to visit it several times.
    Schonbrunn Palas was the summer residence of the emperor, and of course it is worth visiting both inside and outside.

    I didn't enter the palace this time, because the queue was very very very long! I suggest visiting the palace in the afternoon because so you can avoid all groups of tourists.
    Admission is 9,50 €, 8,00 € for children under 18. Guided tours cost 15 €, but you can get a little discount if you have the Wien card (3-day bus and U-bahn ticket).

    You can visit the gardens for free. You get stunning views of the palace up the Gloriette, so have your camera ready!

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    Schonbrunn

    by chiara76 Written May 31, 2005

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    Schonbrunn Palace.

    It is one of the most famous and nice places to sightseeing in Vienna. I mean Schonbrunn which was the summer-residence of the emperor.
    You can visit the inside and beautiful gardens and park around of it.
    Also, if you want, you can go to the ZOO which is located near Schonbrunn, in the gardens near it.
    It is a pearl of Baroque culture. It is absolutely worth to see it. It is the must see point of each visit in Vienna in my opinion.

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  • "Sissi - Mir is fad"

    by sabsi Written Sep 1, 2006

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    Schloss Sch��nbrunn, Vienna
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    UNESCO world heritage site "Schloss Schönbrunn" is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna. Even though I am not too much of a palaces fan I wanted to visit it, mainly for the nice baroque garden around the palace and the oldest zoo in Europe which is located inside the garden.

    We skipped the inside of the palace and went straight into the gardens. What a colourful morning walk. Flowers in all colours, especially in Austrian red and white, the blue sky, a yellow castle... lovely. The only problem was that we visited on a hot and sunny day, shadow was hard to find. So we had to cancel a few of our plans like to walk up to Gloriette (from there you are supposed to get the nicest view of the castle and the park) and the visit to the zoo, too. We only went as far as the Neptunbrunnen, from there you get nice views, too.

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    Schonbrunn Palace

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    Sch��nbrunn castle

    And here it is - the main building of the Schonbrunn palace ,the residence of the Habsburg emperors with its sqare used for military parades, or to host the horse carriages of the aristocrats that were coming for the dance ball hosted by the emperess...

    I decided as long as I was there to take the tour of the castle. You can choose between several options - a small tour a grand tour, guided or on your own, combined with some other sight entrances....took the unguided big tour - 40 rooms. Was expecting to see a guide, and I realised that the talkie walkes that everybody was having (except me) were the guide. Hmmm the castle.....too crowded, too dark, nothing special if you want my opinion. No life, no light, in the whole place...like a huge coffin...even the air was dead , passed away along with its glorious owners....If you want to see an exhibition of gold plated baroque furniture,huge wall tapistry and king's bed, than you can go for it...otherwise, it is a waste of time.

    open daily as it follows
    1 april to 30 june and 1 sept to 31 oct - 8.30 am to 5 pm
    1 juli to 31 august - 8.30am - 6 pm
    1 nov to 31 march - 8.30am - 4.30pm

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    Schonbrunn map

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    Schonbrunn Map

    As The area covered by Schonbrunn is quite big ,you might need a map to clear up your view . I consider for myself maps as very useful devices and love to explore them whenever I get the chance.
    So after you pass the gates, where is the "group and pre-booked tickets" ticket office , you will enter a square with two fountains and the Palace in front of you. If you are not interested in visiting the palace rooms ,you can go either to the children's museum if you have your kids with you - Situated on your right . If kids are left home ,than head to the magnificent gardens - free,Privy garden - 2 euro admission fee here, Maze - 2,60 euro, Zoo - 6 euro, Palm house admission fee here aswell , Desert house - fee,Wagenburg - Carriage Museum Schonbrunn

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    Schonbrunn

    by chiara76 Written May 31, 2005

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    The Fountain before Schonbrunn.

    During the travel to Schonbrunn Palace you have to see the inside. There are a lot of beautiful rooms of the emperors there.
    You have to also go for nice walk around of the palace and see the park, the gardens, the fountains around the palace and so on.

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    Schonbrunn and ZOO near it.

    by chiara76 Written May 31, 2005

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    The flamingos in ZOO near Schonbrunn.

    For te children the walk to the ZOO will be really nice experience , not only for children, I mean. You can see a lot of animals there like the elephants, koalas, birds and so on.
    You will have a really nice time there.

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    Schonbrunn

    by filipdebont Written Feb 20, 2006

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    The palace seen from the Gloriette
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    Day 3 : Schonbrun

    On Day 3, I decided to visit the magnificent Schonbrunner Palace.

    Schonbrunn can easily be reached by public transport. From the U-Bahn station "Schonbrunn", it is only a five minutes walk towards the Palace.

    It is really worth to visit the Palace. And then afterwards there is still plenty of time to discover the garden.

    You should not miss the Gloriette, you can climb on the roof from where you have a splendid view over the gaden and over the Palace.

    There is also a Zoo, and a Green house with exotic plants.

    More information and pictures you will find at my Schonbrun page (I hope to atart and finish it it in the near future).

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    Schonbrunn Palace - The Hasburg's Summer Home

    by Mikebb Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    This is a must see sight , a magnificant palace and garden which was the summer home of the Hofburg Emperors. You can do the tour yourself, just hire the commentary phones and walk from one point to the next. This Palace is an example of the lavish livestyle of the Hofburg rulers. There is an emphasis on Emperor Franz Joseph and his beautiful wife Sisi.
    There is an assortment of entry fees depending upon how much you wish to view. We took the Sisi - Ticket which gave us a tour of most sections of the Palace and also entry to the Sisi Apartment in Vienna. We visited the Sisi Apartment the next day which we found more interesting as it was more personal than the Palace. You should allow yourself a minimum of 1.5 hours at each venue.
    Videorecorders and cameras cannot be used inside the palace.

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    Schönbrunn Palace

    by naruto Written Dec 4, 2004

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    Sch��nbrunn Palace

    The magnificent baroque palace used to be the summer palace of Empress Sisi. Not only are there beautiful and grand state rooms, it also had simpler, cosier family rooms as well.

    The grounds contains an enchanting park, the Palm House, the Gloriette, a labyrinth and a zoo. There is so much to see that it is easy to spend an entire day here.

    Not only is the Schönbrunn a summer palace for the imperial family, it was where the Hapsburg resided, and where Emperor Franz Josef was born in 1830.

    The Schönbrunn is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historical importance and cultural heritage.

    OPENING HOURS
    Differs for the different attractions in the palace complex. But in general, the palace hours are:
    April - June, Sept., Oct.:
    daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    July, Aug.:
    daily 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Nov. - March:
    daily 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    ADMISSION
    I took the Grand Tour which cost me 9.60 Euros with the Wien Card (without is 10.50 Euros)
    There is also the Imperial Tour, the Sisi Tour, etc.

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    See the Summer Residence of the Hapsburgs

    by BillNJ Written Nov 26, 2010

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    The Schönbrunn Palace was the former summer residence of the Hapsburg royal family. The name Schönbrunn (meaning "beautiful spring") is based on a water well from which water was consumed by the royal court in Vienna.

    Unlike most of the main tourist attractions in Vienna, the Schönbrunn Palace is not located in the 1st district. Instead, the palace is located in Hetzing (Vienna's 13th district). It is easily accessible by underground public transportation; however, as in my case, a few transfers between subway lines may be required.

    The palace is largely in Rococo style -- with a yellow exterior. Tours are offered of the palace interior and outside gardens. There is also a zoo on the premises.

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    Rogue squirrels at Schönbrunn Park

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Jul 22, 2006

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    Behind the Schönbrunn Palace lies the infamous Schönbrunn park. Designed in Baroque style, this park is together with the palace is also on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1996.

    I wouldn't elaborate much on this park apart from the fact that it is beautiful in all seasons. Among the attractions are the Roman Ruins, Neptune fountain and the Gloriette on Schönbrunn Hill with a fantastic view of the palace.

    Many locals & visitors come here to relax, take pictures, jog and enjoy the park. There are many wild squirrels in the nearby forest. I think they're rogue squirrels because they come down from the trees, stop at my feet as if to expect me to give them nuts or something

    Admission is free

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