This post provides details about how to get tickets for Schönbrunn Palace, tours of the landmark, and discounts you can use to save money on admission to the historic site.
There are a lot of historic sites in and around Vienna, but Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most notable and important buildings in the city.
Once the summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, this 1,441 room palace is now home to several collections, museums, and even a theatre!
Here are the opening hours you can expect depending on when you visit:
In addition to the palace itself, there is also a free park you can visit, as well as the Privy Garden/Orangery Garden, a Maze & Labyrinth, fountains and more which we will cover in our things to see section below.
Visitors must take a tour in order to get tickets for Schönbrunn Palace admission, and at least one of the tours is included with a tourist pass which we cover in the discounts section below.
There are currently two tours of Schönbrunn Palace which include admission to the historic site and access to dozens of rooms: the Imperial Tour and the Grand Tour.
In addition to these tours, there is also a combo ticket which includes the Grand Tour, admission to the Hofburg Palace and entry to the Imperial Furniture Collection museum.
There are currently four different ways to purchase tickets: online, at the palace, through a combo deal or with a tourist pass.
Although you can purchase tickets upon arrival, you might have to wait in a queue for a while just to get them. Each of the alternative options allows you to skip the line.
If you’re looking for a longer tour, some companies offer a more extensive journey through the palace that you might want to consider.
If you’re looking to save some money on admission, make sure to read our discounts section for additional details about how to get tickets with tourist passes and combo deals.
The following section provides information about how to save money on tickets for Schönbrunn Palace, including details about tourist passes and combo packages.
If you’re interested in visiting several historic sites and attractions while visiting Vienna, using a tourist pass could help you save 50% or more off general admission prices.
There are currently 2 passes which include a discount on tickets to Schönbrunn Palace: the Vienna Pass and the Vienna City Card.
One service is an all-inclusive pass which includes admission to dozens of popular attractions, tours, and activities, including the Grand Tour at Schönbrunn Palace.
The other option is a travel discount card which provides a discount on the Sisi Ticket.
While the Vienna Pass is a great choice for anyone who plans on visiting at least 4-5 different locations per day, the Vienna City Card is better for those who plan on using public transportation and want to save some money on additional activities as well.
Each of these passes also includes discounts on the following attractions:
If any of these locations or activities sound appealing, make sure to read our post covering Vienna tourist passes for more information.
This is another excellent alternative to an all-inclusive pass, as combo deals typically include 2-3 activities for one flat price.
If you’re short on time or don’t plan on doing much else while in Vienna, this is a great way to save some money on admission to Schönbrunn Palace without getting carried away using a tourist pass.
With over 1,400 rooms, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there is a lot to see and experience at Schönbrunn Palace.
Some of these attractions are included with the Imperial and Grand tours, but others are not. Here are a few of the most popular sites included with tours of Schönbrunn Palace:
In addition to these rooms and attractions, you can also visit the following museums which are both located at Schönbrunn Palace:
Both sites require an additional ticket to enter, and at least one of them is included with a tourist pass. Please read our discounts section for more details.
The main park at Schönbrunn Palace is entirely free to visit, and it is quite large with several notable sites you can enjoy without paying for admission.
Here are a few of the best locations to see for free:
There are also several other sites in the park that you can visit which will require a ticket to enter, including the following popular options:
The hours for Schönbrunn Palace Park are as follows:
Located in the Schönbrunn Palace Park, this is arguably one of the most popular attractions near the landmark.
Built in 1752, this zoo was designed in the baroque style and it’s a great place to visit if you’re interested in the history of architecture.
In addition to the interesting design, there are also a lot of beautiful animals at this zoo including giraffes, giant pandas, koalas, elephants, polar bears and more.
Aside from all the mammals, there is also a rainforest house with tropical birds and an aquarium with many different types of fish and other aquatic life.
Also located at Schönbrunn Palace, this museum features some of the most historic horse-drawn carriages in the history of Austria.
While you’re here, you can see the carriages of famous rulers such as Napoleon, Maria Theresia, Franz Joseph and many more.
In addition to carriages, there are also sleighs, sedan chairs, state coaches, and many other historic means of transportation on display in this museum.
Aside from the gardens and the zoo, this is probably the most popular family attraction at Schönbrunn Palace.
Younger visitors will love the opportunity to dress up like the princes and princesses of long ago.
In addition to learning about what life was like for the imperial family, children will also have the chance to play with toys from hundreds of years ago, learn the language of fans and more.