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Tickets for Schönbrunn Palace Grand Tour: Skip The Line + Audio Guide

Explore 40 rooms of a real Baroque palace

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Approx. 50 minutes
  • See 40 rooms (Grand Tour) or 22 rooms (imperial Tour), all decorated in the lush Baroque 19th century style
  • Peek into the life of the Habsburgs - by visiting rooms such as the Great Gallery, the Yellow Salon, the Chinese Cabinets and Franz's very modest office
  • Take a stroll through Schönbrunn's UNESCO World Heritage listed sculpted gardens - they've been a hot destination for generations of Viennese

Peek behind the imperial curtain with a visit to Schönbrunn Palace, former home of the Habsburgs, and Austria's most popular tourist attraction. Choose from the Grand Tour - which takes you through 40 rooms and 300 years of history - or the Imperial Tour, which gives you access to the 22 rooms most closely associated with Sisi and Franz (great if you're short on time!). Both are skip-the-line and include an audio guide.

Schönbrunn Palace has over 1400 rooms, sprawling gardens yet was originally intended to be nothing more than the Habsburgs' hunting lodge - talk about expensive tastes!

This opulent window into the Baroque lives of one of Europe's most storied dynasties is one of Austria's most popular tourist attractions; the palace complex has more than four millions annual visitors. Choose from the Grand Tour or the shorter Imperial Tour - and explore the palace, before wandering the gardens.

Grand Tour

The Grand Tour takes you through 40 rooms and 300 years of Habsburg history. You’ll see how their tastes changed, developed, and evolved over the centuries as you visit the likes of the Great Gallery, the magnificent Hall of Ceremonies and the decadent Gobelin Salon, all with audio guide.

And it’s not just great state rooms that you’ll see – you’ll also get to see the private chambers of the long-serving Franz Joseph I and his wife Sisi (or to give her her official title, Elisabeth of Austria).

Imperial Tour

Rather than letting you loose in all 40 rooms that are open to the public, this Imperial Tour focuses on Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Empress Elisabeth (more commonly known as Sisi).

You'll get an audio guide and access to 22 beautiful state rooms closely associated with Sisi and her man. There's the luxurious splendor of the Great Gallery (an ideal setting for court functions), the Oriental charm of the Chinese Cabinets as well as the astonishingly modest style of decoration in Emperor Franz Joseph's private suite.

The Gardens

Outside, the lush gardens are as vast as a monarch's power. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, they've been open to the Viennese public since 1779. With both the Grand Tour and Imperial Tour ticket you can experience the lush landscaping. Walk through the world’s largest gloriette (look it up!), explore the Roman ruins, or emulate countless Austrian schoolchildren over the years and get lost in the maze.

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Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunner Schlossstraße 47, 1130, Vienna
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Getting There

  • Metro: U4 to Schönbrunn, take exit Schönbrunn
  • Tram: 10 or 58 to Schloss Schönbrunn
  • Bus: 10A to Schloss Schönbrunn

Opening Hours

  • 1 April - 30 June: 08:30 - 17:30
  • 1 July - 31 August: 08:30 - 18:30
  • 1 September - 31 October: 08:30 - 17:30
  • 1 November - 31 March: 08:30 - 17:00
  • Last admission half an hour before closing time
David, United Kingdom
May 30, 2017
Enjoyed our visit with some reservations. Great not to have to queue, just take your print-out to the entry gate. We found the tour very, very crowded which made it quite un-enjoyable at times. Audio guide good and easy to operate. Tour is rather overpriced for what is on offer.
Apr 18, 2017
Great trip, every room was unique. Overall very well organised! Would recommend a visit
Alan, United Kingdom
Dec 31, 2016
No photos and herded through rooms
Sep 13, 2016
It is well organised and the queue going round it moved smoothly. The signage in the gardens could be better. It took us ages to find The Palm House and the food outlets.
Aug 5, 2016
Easy booking, enjoyed the audio guide, learnt a lot
Jun 2, 2016
Easy to book online.
May 31, 2016
Cheaper and faster :)
May 20, 2016
The whole transaction was very efficiently handled. It was great to be able to do the whole thing on my mobile with no printing at the end.
May 17, 2016
It was very easy to book the tickets, this no waiting in the long lines for us!
May 15, 2016
Everything was well organized, perfect!

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