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

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Schonbrunn Palace is a 1,441- room Palace and 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.

In this article, we share everything you must know before buying Schonbrunn Palace tickets.

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.

Just fire up 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. 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 minimum 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 like the Vienna Festival, Viennale, Vienna Fashion Week, etc.


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Schonbrunn Palace tickets

There are many ways of experiencing the erstwhile residence of the Habsburg Monarchs.

You can decide to tour just the Palace or combine it with a tour of the city.

The choice is unlimited. We have selected the best three Schonbrunn Palace tickets and detailed them below.

All the tickets we have recommended are smartphone tickets. That is, within five minutes of the purchase, the ticket will be emailed to you. 

On the day of your visit, you walk past the queue at the ticketing counter, reach the Palace entrance, show the email on your smartphone and walk in.

Guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace

This two-hour guided tour gives you skip the line access to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace.

This tour is available in English and German (you can opt for the language on the ticket booking page).

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (19+ years): 34 Euros
Youth ticket (6 to 18 years): 28 Euros

Children 5 years or below are free to enter.

Schonbrunn Palace and gardens tour

This ticket provides you with a two-hour afternoon tour to explore the glorious former Imperial Residence of the Hapsburg family, Schonbrunn Palace, and the gardens.

The tour includes an English professional guide, who gives a fantastic insight into the Palace’s history.

Ticket Prices: 50 Euros

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 languages – English, 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): 54 Euros
Child ticket (2 to 12 years): 19 Euros

Extra Tip!
Schonbrunn Palace complex is a vast place. It even has a zoo called the Vienna Zoo. One way to go around this place is ‘Panorama Train’, a hop-on and hop-off train with nine different stops, including the famous hill of Gloriette. The train operates from 10 am to 5.55 pm. You can buy the tickets at the venue for 8 Euros for an adult (15 years and above) and 4 Euros for younger kids.


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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.

You also get to enjoy a piece of the freshly baked strudel at the end of the show in the court bakery of the Cafe Residenz at 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 (13+ years): 12 Euros
Child ticket (0 to 6 years): Free Entry


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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: 45 Euros
Grand tickets: 65 Euros
Deluxe tickets: 75 Euros
*VIP tickets: 105 Euros

*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 would prefer – the most affordable being Category C and the VIP Category offering the best experience.

Ticket Prices

Category C: 81 Euros
Category B: 99 Euros
Category A: 122 Euros
VIP Category: 139 Euros

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 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: 99 Euros
Category B: 117 Euros
Category A: 130 Euros
VIP Category: 157 Euros


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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.

However, for the best Gardens experience, we recommend you book the guided Schonbrunn Palace gardens 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.


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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 from their website as a zip file or through iTunes or Yasssu. 


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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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Pooja Das: She has a passion for both traveling and photography, which help her document her memories forever. She loves to explore city streets taking in the people, the colors, and the culture surrounding her. Occasionally she loves to step away from the hustle-bustle of urban lifestyle, and chill-out either alone or with friends. Favorite Cities: Istanbul, London, Marrakech, Venice

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