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“You want to see it, but be prepared for the crowds”
Review of Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace
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Ranked #2 of 836 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Cultural World Heritage Site of Schönbrunn Palace is Austria's most frequently visited tourist attraction. In the palace the residential and state rooms with their original furnishings and decorations convey an authentic impression of the imperial lifestyle. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn in a unique synthesis of Baroque art as well as providing a convenient and highly popular recreational area for Vienna's population.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

We visited Schonbrunn Palace because, of course, when in Vienna, you must see the Schonbrunn. You can get there via metro, and there is a "Schonbrunn" stop to make things easy, It is a bit of a walk from the stop to the palace, but there are signs and lots of people to follow.

We were there in December so could not admire the gardens. Inside, it was confusing, even though we already had a timed entry ticket. Mobs of people everywhere trying to navigate where to go, as signage was not what you would expect. Finally inside, it was just a zoo. So, so crowded that it made the palace hard to enjoy.

If there is such a thing as a "slow time" to visit Schonbrunn, I recommend going then. We went early in the morning, but it was crowded even then. I hope you are able to enjoy your visit.

Did I mention the crowds?

Thank CKF
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Schonbrunn palace has been on my bucket list for a long time. As a Mexican, I had special interest in this place as the birthplace and childhood home of Maximilian of Habsburg, emperor of Mexico back in the day. We Mexicans didn’t really do right by Maximilian, but he left us a great legacy. This is not something they teach at public schools in my country but it’s something easily learned through reading international history books. Learning about his family, and the traditional way of approaching conflict that this family had was super interesting.

The palace is grand and beautiful, of courseC although I have to say that Versailles is more opulent. Schonbrunn is elegant but frugal at the same time, which speaks to the type of people that lived in it. People who believed in “waste not want not” as opposed to the French palace, which is dripping with luxury from every curtain.

We went during Easter break and while it’s a very busy time we didn’t get too overwhelmed with the crowds. There as also an Easter market, in the fashion of traditional German Christmas markets, offering food and crafts.

The audio guide that comes with the full tour (I took the sommer ticket that includes all rooms and gardens for 24 euros, it was worth every penny) was very throtough and the information was easy to understand and retain.

The gardens are gorgeous, you can walk around then all day. There is a maze and labyrinth, great fun was had there, me and my friend felt like little kids running around playing games. That was the absolute highlight.

The scenery makes for great instasories and family pictures.

The palace opens at 8am, i would recommend that if you’re visiting in summer, to go before the large groups of private tours show up, since they really it is rather disrupt the experience.

We ate at Schönbrunn Cafe in our way out. Had the strudel with vainilla sauce and the schnitzel. It’s not particularly better than any other cafe in Vienna but it is rather expensive. My advice is, skip the cafe and eat at the market.

Thank Regina L
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Whether Versailles, Hampton Court Palace or Schonbrunn is the best is the wrong question. All are outstanding examples of world class historic buildings that are maintained in excellent condition. The Scale of the Schonbrunn gardens is gigantic.
If you are within 200 km of Vienna this is a must visit world class place.

Thank Stuart C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit here. About 5-10 mins walk from the station so really easy to access.
Prices were good, there was a little market in the grounds which had all quirky little bits on aswell as food & drinks.
The palace and the grounds are simply stunning. All clean & tidy and staff are very helpful.
We got a free audio tour with our tickets so helped with knowing what’s what!

Thank Laurenx01x
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

You could spend a couple of hours at the castle admiring the view and walking around the grounds. There’s lots to see and plenty of wooded area to walk around. When you get there keep walking to the back and there’s a hill to climb where you’ll see stunning views of Vienna. The best way to get here is use the sightseeing bus and get the yellow line.

Thank pogs123
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