Schönbrunn Palace was the Habsburg rulers‘ primary summer residence, and it is located in Hietzing, Vienna’s 13th district. It’s one of the country’s most significant architectural, cultural and historical landmark, built in Rococo style. It has become major tourist attraction in both Vienna and Austria, since 1950s.
The complex consists of palace with many areas opened for public, museums, and gardens. The gardens are home to Imperial Carriage Museum, Crown Prince Garden, Orangery Garden, Maze & Labyrinth, Zoo, Palm House and Desert Experience House. Usually it takes at least an entire day to see all points of interest in the area.
|Location||Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, 13th district, Hietzing|
|How to get there||U4, Wien Hütteldorf from Schwedenplatz or U3, Wien Ottakring from Stefansplatz (plus tram No. 10), or bus 10A|
|Ticket Price||From $10, depends on the package|
|Opening hours||7 days a week, 10:00-17:00|
The palace has more than 1,400 rooms, from which 45 can be visited, so there are several different tour types offered for visitors: grand tour, imperial tour or ground floor tour.
Schönbrunn (“beautiful spring”) was popular hunting and recreational area for royals, long before anything was built there. The original idea was to build hunting lodge, but gradually project grew to become a massive palace, which took its final shape and style in 18th century.
Both palace and gardens are part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1996 and property is managed by Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur und Betriebsges company, owned by Republic of Austria.
Palace was a host to many historical events, such as The Congress of Vienna, which was hosted in the Grand Gallery in years 1814/15, and Emperor Charles I signed renounced from state affairs in 1918 and subsequently dethroned in 1919. Mozart was visiting the palace as a six year old and already a child musical prodigy of the era.