Visiting Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna: tickets, prices, opening hours

Château de Schönbrunn

Visiting Vienna? Why not visit Schönbrunn Palace, the jewel in the crown of Vienna’s musical capital?

A stay in Vienna guarantees a magical time in this city rich in history: Vienna is one of those rare cities that can boast of its cultural aspect. Once the heart of the powerful Habsburg monarchy, Vienna is brimming with historic monuments and sumptuous palaces such as Belvedere Palace, Hofburg Palace and the famous Schönbrunn Palace.

A visit to Schönbrunn Palace is a must for anyone visiting the Imperial City. Listed as a World Heritage Site, this former hunting lodge served as a summer residence for the Habsburg family and their court, and now attracts almost 3 million visitors a year.

Discover all the information you need to visit Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna!

History of Schönbrunn Palace

château de Schönbrunn

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Before it became the summer residence of the Habsburg royal family, Schönbrunn Palace was part of the fiefdom of Klosterneuburg Abbey in the Middle Ages. At the time, the property was called « Katterburg », where a mill, agriculture and viticulture were practiced. After being converted into a manor house by Hermann Bayer, the property passed into the hands of the Imperial family when it was acquired by Maximilian II of Habsburg in 1569. The Hasbourgs then used it as a summer residence, but the Turkish invasions unfortunately led to its near-destruction.

The architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I to build a new palace to rival our own Château de Versailles. Over the centuries, the château continued to evolve until the reign of Empress Maria Theresa, who wanted a château in the rococo style as we know it today.

The palace was then the summer residence (the Hofburg was the winter residence) of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife, Empress Elisabeth, nicknamed Sissi.

Even today, since the 1960s, this castle, whose name means « magnificent spring », is the Austrian capital’s most popular tourist attraction.

What to see and do at Schönbrunn Palace

château de Schönbrunn

Although Schönbrunn Palace has 1441 rooms, you will only be able to discover 42 of them if you come to visit Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, including :

  • La Grande galerie : used for official banquets until 1994
  • The Salon Vieux-Laque: inhabited by Marie-Thérèse after the death of her husband, you can discover its walls adorned with Chinese prints.
  • The round Chinese Cabinet: it was in this room, with its walls decorated with lacquer panels, that Maria Theresa received her chancellor for private conversations.
  • The Blue Chinese Room: This is the room where Charles I signed his renunciation of the throne on November 11, 1918.
  • Le Grand salon de Rosa: in this room, you’ll see magnificent rococo gilding framing landscapes of Northern Italy and Switzerland.
  • The Breakfast Room: Marie-Thérèse and her daughters decorated the walls with 26 embroidered flower medallions.
  • Napoleon’s Room: This is where Napoleon II, King of Rome, died at the age of 21. The isolation in which he lived at Schönbrunn Palace is recalled by a naturalized bird under a bell.

In addition to the château itself, there are also immense, sumptuous gardens that you can stroll through in peace and quiet. These formal gardens, designed in 1695 by Jean Tréhet, include faux Roman ruins, fountains of varying monumental size – especially when in use – labyrinths, an orangery, the Palmeraie, home to a varied collection of tropical and subtropical plants, and the neo-classical Gloriette, with its terrace offering an incredible view over the whole of Vienna. How can you resist such a marvel?

If you come to Schönbrunn Palace, you won’t just discover this imposing building, because just a few steps away from the palace, there are other sights not to be missed:

  • The puppet theater for its imagination and attention to detail, sure to delight young and old alike.
  • The Desert House (Wüstenhaus), home to an impressive sundial with numerous species of warm-weather plants and animals
  • Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world! It’s also one of the few zoos where you can see giant pandas.

Good to know: You can download a site map by clicking here.

How do I get to Schönbrunn Palace?

There are several ways to get to Schönbrunn Palace, which is located at the following address: Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Vienna.

  • By subway: Take line U4 to Schönbrunn station
  • By streetcar: Take line 10 or 60 to Schönbrunn station
  • By bus: Take line 10A to Schönbrunn station
  • By car: If you chose to rent a car when you arrived in Vienna, or if you have your own vehicle, there is a parking lot near Schönbrunn Palace. Click here for full details and rates.
  • By train :

From West Station : Schönbrunn Palace is about 15 minutes away by public transport. Take streetcar line 60 towards Hietzing, then get off at Schloß Schönbrunn.

From South Station: Schönbrunn Palace can be reached in around 30 minutes by public transport. Take streetcar line D to Karlsplatz. From there, take the U4 (green subway line) in the direction of Hütteldorf and get off at Schönbrunn station.

Schönbrunn Palace opening times and prices

château de Schönbrunn

SCHEDULES

If you’d like to visit Schönbrunn Palace, you should know that it’s open every day, even on public holidays! However, please note that opening times vary several times a year:

  • April 1 to June 30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • July 1 to August 31: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • September 1 to October 31: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • November 1 to March 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Good to know: Last admissions are 45 minutes before the site closes.

RATES

  • Imperial Tour (22 rooms / 35 minutes) : Adults – €16.00 / Children (6 to 18) – €11.50
  • Grand Tour (40 rooms / 40-50 minutes) : Adults – €20.00 / Children (6 to 18) – €13.00
  • Classic Pass (Château + Crown Prince’s Garden + Gloriette + Labyrinth + Orangery Garden) : Adults – €26.50 / Children (6 to 18 years) – €16.50
  • Classic Pass Plus (From 01/04 to 03/11 – Château + Jardin du prince héritier + Gloriette + Labyrinthe + Jardin de l’Orangerie + Zoo) : Adults – €40.00 / Children (6 to 18 years) €23.00

Good to know: There are other tickets available – combined or otherwise – as well as special rates for admission with guided tours, and discounts for students, the disabled and others. To find out more, visit the official Schönbrunn Palace website.

GOOD TO KNOW

To help you make the most of your visit to Schönbrunn Palace, we have selected the most important points for you:

  • Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in either the château or the park.
  • Unfortunately, bicycles are not allowed in the park.
  • Photography and filming are prohibited in the exhibition halls.
  • The château (including the children’s museum on the first floor) is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Audioguides in 16 languages and written descriptions of the tours in 21 languages are available free of charge. You can download them in advance by clicking here.
  • The château park is open to visitors free of charge during opening hours.