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Schonbrunn Palace – tickets, prices, hours, Strudel show, concerts

Schonbrunn Palace is a 1,441-room Palace and the former Imperial Residence of the Hapsburg Monarchs.

With a history spanning over 300 years, it is one of Vienna’s most important historical monuments.

In 1996, UNESCO added Schonbrunn Palace to the World Heritage List.

This article shares everything you must know before buying Schonbrunn Palace tickets.

What to expect

See the most loved and famous Hall of Mirrors, adorned with gilded Rococo décor that reflects the grandeur of Maria Theresa’s reign.

The lavish Great Gallery is a 43-meter-long masterpiece capturing the essence of Rococo art and paying tribute to Maria Theresa’s rule.

You will see the Small Gallery’s treasures, including the Round Chinese Cabinet, showcasing exquisite art from China and Japan.

Witness the art-historical significance of the Vieux Laque Room.

Explore the iconic Gloriette in the palace gardens, which offer panoramic views of Vienna and the palace grounds from their elevated position.

Enjoy the beauty of the Privy Garden, an 18th-century formal baroque garden featuring terraces, statues, and ornate flowerbeds.

End your visit with a delightful concert at the Schönbrunn Orangerie, where the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra performs masterpieces, continuing a tradition that dates back to Mozart’s time.

Where to book tickets

You can buy Schönbrunn Palace tickets for the online or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because the Schönbrunn Palace sells a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days.

Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

To buy tickets online, go to the Schönbrunn Palace ticket booking page.

Choose your guide language, preferred date, and the number of tickets, and buy the tickets.

Once you purchase tickets, they get delivered to your email address.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone when you visit the attraction.

Schonbrunn Palace ticket prices

Schonbrunn Palace tickets cost €48 for visitors above 18 years.

Children between seven and 17 years pay a discounted price of €42 for their entry.

Kids up to six years get in for free.

Guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace tickets

This 90-minute guided tour gives you skip-the-line access to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace.

This ticket also includes access to the palace gardens.

The tour is available in English and German, and you can select your preferred language on the ticket booking page.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (18+ years): €54
Child ticket (up to 6 years): Free
Youth ticket (7 to 17 years): €45

Tour of Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens

This ticket offers a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace, the glorious former Imperial Residence of the Hapsburg family, its Orangery, and the Gardens.

A professional guide accompanies you, and all visitors get an audio device with headphones to enhance the listening experience.

Ticket Cost: €54 per person

If you are not on a budget holiday, we recommend the private tour of Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens.

Tickets for Imperial Carriage Museum

The Imperial Carriage Museum at Schönbrunn Palace comprises an outstanding collection of imperial coaches.

Access to this museum is not part of any other ticket and requires a separate entry ticket. 

Most visitors enhance their Schönbrunn experience by visiting this museum which displays around 60 historical state coaches, sleds, and sedan chairs. 

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (19 to 64 years): €12
Student ticket (with valid ID): €9
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €9

Visitors under 19 years can get in for free.

Schonbrunn Palace & Vienna city tour

This ticket provides you a bus tour of Vienna City’s most prized tourist attractions such as – State Opera, Museum of Art History, Habsburg Museum, Hofburg Palace (the Emperors’ winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater.

The tour’s highlight is skip-the-line special access to the former imperial residence of Habsburg Monarchs – the Schonbrunn Palace.

A professional guide leads the Palace tour in one of the three languagesEnglish, German, or Spanish.

You must opt for your preferred language on the ticket booking page.

The tour starts at 9.30 am.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (13+ years): €63
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): €25
Infant ticket (up to 2 years): Free

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Schonbrunn Palace Strudel Show

If you love cooking or eating, you must not miss this show.

This ticket allows you to witness the art of making the exquisite traditional Viennese delicacy – apple strudel.

Schonbrunn Palace Bakery Show
Image: getyourguide.com

At the end of the show, you can enjoy a piece of freshly baked strudel at the court bakery of the Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker in the Schonbrunn Palace.

You will also get the original recipe to take home in eight languages.

The show is 20 minutes long, and children six years and below can enter for free.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (7+ years): €17
Child ticket (0 to 6 years): Free Entry

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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens

Schonbrunn Palace Gardens
Both the Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn are impressive and well-preserved Baroque ensembles of their kind in Europe. Image: Whc.unesco.org

The Park at Schonbrunn Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Vienna because of its beauty and peaceful atmosphere.

Visitors also refer to them as Schonbrunn Palace Gardens.

The Gardens were opened to the public in 1779 and became a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996.

The Palace Gardens open at 6.30 am, and entry is free.

For the best garden experience, we recommend a private tour of Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens.

If you are on a budget holiday, it is better to book a guided group tour.

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Schonbrunn Palace Zoo

The Schonbrunn Palace Zoo is within the Palace’s grounds, and you can reach it using the Park Entrance gate “Hietzinger Tor.”

This fantastic collection of wildlife is also known as the Vienna Zoo.

It opens daily from 9 am, but the closing time might vary depending on the seasons.

The ticket prices range from 20 Euros for adults and 10 Euros for children above six years.

Find out more about Vienna Zoo tickets.

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Schonbrunn Palace audio guide

The Schonbrunn Palace provides audio guides to visitors in 16 languages and tour descriptions in 21 languages free of charge.

These are handed out to the visitors for free as they enter the Palace.

However, these are subject to availability.

You can also download the audio files as a zip file from their official website or through iTunes or Yasssu. 

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Schonbrunn Palace concerts

The Schonbrunn Palace organizes a masterful concert every day at 8.30 pm at the Palace Orangery, which the performance of Mozart himself has graced.

The concert plays the finest selection of Mozart’s and Strauss’s masterful music along with dance and vocal performances.

Here are three of the best Schonbrunn Palace concert tickets.

Schonbrunn Palace Concert ticket

This concert ticket allows you to have a magical experience at the Schonbrunn Palace orchestra with the beautiful music of Mozart and Strauss for two hours in the Palace Orangery.

You can book four categories of tickets – starting with Imperial, which is the cheapest, to the VIP category, which offers the best experience.

Ticket Prices

Imperial tickets: €55
Grand tickets: €79
Deluxe tickets: €89
*VIP tickets: €125

*VIP concert tickets also include a glass of sparkling wine and a CD.

Evening Concert and Dinner

Evening concert and dinner at the beautiful Viennese palace is the perfect experience to book if you are looking for a romantic evening out.

You start at 6.30 pm with a romantic 3-course dinner at a restaurant in the Schonbrunn area, followed by a musical concert at the Palace Orangery at 8.30 pm.

You can book four categories of tickets, depending on the kind of dining experience you prefer—the most affordable being Category C, and the VIP Category offers the best experience.

Ticket Prices

Category C: €102
Category B: €124
Category A: €137
VIP Category: €170

Palace tour, Dinner, and Concert

This ticket is a three-in-one deal and a total value for money. You get –

a) One-hour guided tour of the glorious Schonbrunn Palace
b) 3-course meal at the Schonbrunn Palace area
c) Enchanting music concert at Schonbrunn Palace Orangery

This ticket is costly, but if you can afford it, we highly recommend them.

It is ideal for a couple’s outing together or for a group of friends.

The most affordable is Category C, while the VIP Category offers the best experience.

Ticket Prices

Category C: €137
Category B: €159
Category A: €172
VIP Category: €205

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How to get to Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace is in Hietzing, Vienna, in Austria.

Address: Schonbrunner Schlosstrasse 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

We recommend you take public transport to reach Schonbrunn Palace.

Take the Underground U4 (green line) and get off at Schonbrunn station.

Take Tram No 10 or 60 to get off right at the Schonbrunn Palace.

If a bus is your preferred mode of transport, take number 10A to reach Schonbrunn

If you are arriving by car, you can take the A1, A2, or the A4 motorway.

You can access Google Maps, identify the fastest route from your location, and follow the signs for the City Centre.

Schonbrunn Palace parking

The Palace has its parking, which is open all through the week.

With 160 cars and 20 bus parking slots, they never run out of space.

Parking your vehicle at Schonbrunn Palace parking will cost you anywhere from 3.90 Euros per hour to 39 Euros per day.

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Schonbrunn Palace hours

Schonbrunn Palace opens at 8 am all through the year.

During the peak tourist months of July and August, it closes at 6.30 pm, and during the shoulder season months of April, May, June, September, and October, it closes at 5.30 pm.

The rest of the year, the palace closes early – at 5 pm.

The Schonbrunn Palace is open daily, including public holidays.

Schonbrunn Gardens are free to enter from 6.30 am onwards.

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Best time to visit Schonbrunn Palace

Roman ruins at Schonbrunn Palace
Roman ruins at Schonbrunn Palace. This is a picturesque garden feature designed by Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg and built in 1778. Image: Severin Wurnig / Schoenbrunn.at

It is best to visit the Schonbrunn Palace as soon as it opens at 8 am. 

Starting your visit early in the day helps avoid the crowd and the sun, which can get hot in the summer.

If you can’t make it in the morning, the next best time to visit Schonbrunn Palace is after 3 pm, when most tourists are on their way out.

One sure-shot way to work around the peak season is to buy Schonbrunn Palace tickets online.

You can then avoid the crowd waiting at the ticketing counter and walk right in. 

Schonbrunn Palace rush hour trick

If for some reason, you can only visit during the rush hour (from 10 am to 12 pm), it will be best if you start your visit with the Gardens.

By the time you will be done with the Gardens, the crowd in the Palace would have thinned down, and you can step in.

Best season to visit Schonbrunn Palace

The high season in Vienna is from April to September, with a peak in July and August.

If you want to avoid crowds, it would be best to avoid these two months and the Christmas holidays (the second half of December).

January and February are the best months to visit because they see a minimum of visitors.

You can also plan a trip in March or November which also has milder crowds.

It would also be good to keep track of any significant events and festivals, such as the Vienna Festival, Viennale, and Vienna Fashion Week.

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Map of Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace is a massive attraction with lots to see and requires a lot of walking.

While trying to get the most out of the Schonbrunn Palace, it is easy to quickly lose track of time and way (and, in the process, miss the exhibits).

That’s why we recommend a guided tour, where a local expert shows you the way.

The next best option is to keep a map of Schonbrunn Palace for ready reference during your visit.


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