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    Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens

    by Xeriss Updated Aug 15, 2004

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    The Schonbrunn is one of the main attractions in Vienna and can't be missed. You will spend hours walking around it and the gardens. Besides the usual gardens, you will find the Japanese gardens and also a Zoo. Of course, you will have to pay an extra price to enter both the zoo and the gardens.

    Wear comfortable shoes and take a packed lunch because it will definitely take you more than 4 hours to see everything. Naturally, you will be able to buy food from the small food stalls and restaurants in the Zoo and you can also have a meal in the cafeteria/restaurant at the top near the Gloriette. The latter is relatively expensive compared to the food stalls in the Zoo. Large hot dogs are very popular in Vienna and you will definitely find one to suit your tastes.

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    Versailles Junior

    by rexvaughan Written May 11, 2004

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    What a place!

    Schonbrunn is probably on anyone's list who visits Vienna. If not, it should be. The building itself has over 1400 rooms and I think the only bigger palace in Europe is Versailles. The grounds are lovely with formal sculptured gardens in the front and a much more relaxed informal garden in the back. We got so caught up in the gardens that we were to late to get in to see the interior. I don't regret going there, however, and in this as many instances, we say "next time."

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    Schönbrunn

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 13, 2007

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    Visit Empress Sisi’s former summer residence. This baroque complex contains an enchanting park, the Palm House, the Gloriette and a zoo. Spend an entire day at Schönbrunn: visit the show rooms with a "Grand Tour with Audio Guide," admire the splendid Bergl Rooms, and stroll through the “Labyrinth.”

    Schönbrunn, the former summer residence of the imperial family, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. The Habsburgs resided here the better part of the year in numerous rooms for the large imperial family in addition to representational rooms. Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married the enchanting Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born here in 1830. The monarch spent his last years entirely in the palace, which became the property of the new Republic of Austria only two years after his death. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings.

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    Schonbrunn palace - Gloriette

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 5, 2006

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    Sch��nbrunn palace - Gloriette

    The Gloriette is situated in a hill above the fountain , facing the Schonbrunn gardens, and offers a magnificent view over the castle , its gardens and Vienna.
    Fischer von Erlach designed it as the crowning touch of the castle ensemble, but it wasn't until 1775 that it was constructed,when Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg remodelled the park and built the Gloriette.
    Built in Early Classicistic style ,you will enter the glazed central section walking up the steps, where is the Gloriette cafe. The flat roof of the cafe has been used as a viewing platform since the beginning of the 19th century.There is an entrance fee of 1,99 euro for adults and 1 euro for children. I did not have the time to go up there ,as the Zoo consummed all of my time but I left it for the next time I return:)))

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    Schonbrunn Palace

    by Dabs Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    We hadn't intended on visiting Schonbrunn Palace on this trip but my husband who ordinarily has an excellent sense of direction and map reading skills, somehow led us not to Karlsplatz where we intended to go but instead close to Schonbrunn Palace! I should have known that we had walked way too far and that the neighborhoods were just a little too quiet, I think we may be the 1st people to ever attempt walking to the Palace from Sudbahnhof...

    By the time we got there, we ironically didn't really have enough time to visit the Palace since we were leaving for Prague that afternoon and besides we had already seen it on a previous trip, so we had a stroll through the gardens. Unfortunately the grounds were being set up for a concert and covered in fencing and scaffolding but you could still get an idea of the immense scope of the gardens and how grand this palace was.

    The interior is quite beautiful, you can see some of the rooms on the attached website. If you like lavishly decorated palaces then I'd highly recommend a visit although I would suggest taking the U bahn line U4 to the Schonnbrunn stop instead of walking. There was a bit of a line for tickets when we were there, you can also buy your tickets online and it looks like you do not have to wait with online tickets and that you are not locked into a specific day. There are many different ticket options, some with live guides, some with just audio, some including the gardens.

    Schonbrunn Palace was built between 1696 and 1712 for the Habsburg family, started by Emperor Leopold I for his son, Joseph I. Empress Maria Theresa was the one who really made it the palace you see today, it was used as the summer palace during her 40 year reign.

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    Schonbrunn Children's museum

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    As i was going on my "Schonbrunn rooms Grand tour" at some point I passed by an inner yard where there were kids dressed as little princes and princesses. So after the end of the tour , I went to find out if they have adult costumes too - I always wanted to get a photo with one of these as My friend Evina Schmidova - A very talented friend and photographer makes Amazing worn out photos. Unfortunately ,the lady replied it's a Children's museum , but I consider it still a great idea to spoil your kids and bring home great photos as a souvenir.
    The museum is dedicated to the everyday life of imperial children , the way they dressed ,the way there are taught to greet the emperor and the emperess.
    Open on Saturday ,sunday and public holidays from 10am to 5 pm
    And daily on July and August also 10am to 5pm
    Last admission it at 4pm tho
    From 1 april till 30 nov ,there is a children's opera inn german every 1st sonday in the month at 2:30 pm

    Tickets are as follows :
    children from 3 to 15 years old - 4,50 euro
    Adults - 6,50 euro
    Family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children - 17 euro
    One adult and up to three children - 10,50 euro

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    Schonbrunn Palace

    by jlfloyd Written Jun 29, 2008

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    This palace is huge and beautiful. Located just outside the city center on the U4 metro stop "Schonbrunn" it is a definate must see. You take the metro to this stop and get off and follow the signs, its about a 4 minute walk from the train. You can walk around the grounds for free but there are a few things you have to pay for. The tour inside the palace itself was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. You can choose a person as a guide, which obviously costs more, or an audio guide. The audio guide is sufficient because the guide gives you head phones and talks into it anyways, you might as well be using the audio guide. And with the audio guide you can go at your own pace and stay away from the large groups. Its easy to use and follow as well. There are three different tickets you can buy, all listed with their price and what is included with it. Some include the sis museum, the maze and other various exhibits and museums. The simple tour of the palace which includes 26 rooms or displays costs 9.50 Euros for adults and 8.50 Euros for students with ID. The gardens outback are free and one of the more spectacular views and places at the palace. Wonder around it a bit, and if you would like head to the maze. Its a maze made int he hedges.

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    The Imperial Court Bakery at Schonbrunn

    by codrutz Updated Jan 11, 2005

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    Apple Strudel Show


    In a romantic vaulted cellar beneath Cafe-Restaurant Residenz there is the Court Bakery. Here you can watch expert patissiers preparing a classic Sachertorte or delicious Viennese apple strudel. One Classic or Gold Pass to Schonbrunn entitles you to view the hourly apple strudel show here and of course have a picece of the tasteful recipe during the presentation.

    You can purchase from there all the original ingredients to make apple strudels at home: the special flour, the filling, oil .. and so on.

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    Palmengarten (The Palm House)

    by codrutz Updated Jan 11, 2005

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    Palmengarten


    The Palm House - Palmengarten is located on the site of the former Dutch Garden and was erected in 1881/2 and designed by Franz Xaver Segenschmid. The Schönbrunn Palm House was the last of its type to be constructed in continental Europe.

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    Schloss Schonbrunn

    by datapanik Written Jul 6, 2009

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    This magnificent early 18th century palace is the former residence of the imperial Habsburg family, created during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa. It was also home to Napoleon for a while. The scale of the building is breathtaking and the landscaped gardens lined with mythological statues and fountains are equally as stunning. Schonbrunn Zoo, which is also within the park is the world’s oldest, dating from 1752. Allow plenty of time for visiting either the palace, the gardens or both as there’s a lot of ground to cover here.

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    Watch the animals in Schönbrunn

    by coccinella169 Updated Aug 6, 2007

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    I was excited about the lemur- offsprings :)
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    Schönbrunn zoo - or Schönbrunner Tiergarten- is located in the Schönbrunn castle park. It is the world`s oldest zoo and used to be the emperor´s menagerie. While several years ago the animals were pent up in small shoebox-style buildings, they now are kept as appropriate as possible. You can see all kind of animals of every continent, from elefants, giraffes and cheetahs to birds, penguins and prairie dogs. I like the rainforest building in particular. You can pass through a small dark room there with bats flying around (always exciting if their "radar system" works :)), see tropical vegetation and different kind of birds and turtles. There are some (in regard of the minor quality relatively high priced) restaurants and food stands. Plenty of attractions for children of course - besides the animals also playgrounds and a little train going through the castle park. You should plan enough time for visiting the zoo, for sure a couple of hours if you want to see everything! The entrance fee for adults is 12 EUR, there are combination tickets, for example if you want to see the castle, the desert house, the carriage museum and the zoo you pay about EUR 35. There is also a ticket which allows you to visit Schönbrunn the entire year whenever you want at a price of EUR 29. In summer, the zoo closes at 6:30 p.m. . As the zoo is so popular amongst Austrians and tourists try to avoid the weekends to enjoy it with less people!

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    Schönbrunn Palace

    by codrutz Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna

    One of Vienna's marvels place. The castle is beautiful, but the gardens behind it are irresistable superb and grandous.

    Schönbrunn is the former summer residence of the imperial family of Austria. It is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. The whole ensemble, which includes the palace, the park with its fountains, statues and architectural features as well as the zoo was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.

    You can read a very interesting history article about Schönbrunn following this link.

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    Summer Palace

    by fishandchips Updated Nov 12, 2007

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    The Schoenbrunn is a beautiful building and a tour of the place is highly recommended. The Schoenbrunn palace was built as the summer residence of the Habsburgs and has gold all over the place - probably to reflect a bright summery feeling.

    The Habsburgs have left their mark all over Europe with the Schoenbrunn one of the best. There are nearly 1,500 rooms in this place that was completed in the early 18th century as a smaller model of Versailles. There is also a large zoological and botanical park out back with lots of flora & fauna.

    For up to date info on prices and opening hours check out the link below.

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    Schloss Schoenbrunn

    by shellybelly567 Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    Schloss Schoenbrunn

    Schoenbrunn Palace has a varied and colorful past. Check out the history at www.schoenbrunn.at

    My favorite part of Schoenbrunn is the gardens. They are beautiful and could easily take a whole day walking around-see my travelogues for more photos.

    This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vienna, so be prepared for gobs of tourists.

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    Schonbrunn zoo garden

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    Located at the right side of the fountain, The Schonbrunn zoo, the oldest zoo in the world , is incredible!!! It is built in a way that you don't feel the barrier between you and the animals...most of the time they are just at a reach of a hand....or at least seem like...
    The zoo has several entrances - one is at the end of a alley , after you enter the gardens on your right ,where you see the coffee pavillion ,another one is at the side of the fountain. Between the two lay the colorful carpet gardens of the castle.

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