Six Activities in and around Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is majestic and fascinating. It dazzles its visitors anew each day. This monumental baroque palace with its endless parks was the Habsburgers’ summer residence and they knew how to pass time in style. The evidence for this is still all around Schönbrunn Palace. Many attractions are waiting to be experienced and discovered. These are our top six favorite activities in and around Schönbrunn Palace.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace itself is the undisputed main attraction. It’s one of the most impressive and beautiful palace buildings from the baroque era in Europe. The palace is full of superlatives and it is rightfully one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sisi had a total of 1441 rooms at Schönbrunn Palace at their disposal. Visitors now have the opportunity to see 45 of these opulent rooms and immerse themselves directly in the imperial age.

Gloriette

The Gloriette rises majestically above Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens. From here we can enjoy a fantastic view of Vienna. This was once Emperor Franz Joseph’s favorite place for breakfast. It’s no wonder with these views. The Gloriette has remained true to its original purpose. And so the Café Gloriette still serves a delicious breakfast day after day – the imperial flair and impressive view come free of charge.

Schönbrunn Zoo

This list would be incomplete without the Schönbrunn Zoo. After all, it’s one of Vienna’s most popular destinations for day trips. It’s the oldest zoo in the world that is still in operation and at the same time one of the best and modern of its kind worldwide. We could easily spend a whole day here. More than 700 species can be found at this zoo. Experience wild action when the seals are fed, pure relaxation in the company of koalas and fun playtime with the baby animals.

The Maze at Schönbrunn

At one time, the maze was for the pleasure of the Habsburgs only. Now everyone can experience this entertainment from imperial times. Who will be first to find a path through the winding passages of the maze? The platform at the goal lets you comfortably watch others as they try to find the way. You can also discover the twelve zodiac signs along the path. Around the maze, the Labyrinthikon – a playing area with 14 stations – offers additional entertainment for younger visitors in particular.

Palm House

The Palm House is divided into three pavilions with different climate zones. As a result, the temperatures range between 8 and 17 degrees Celsius. A 2,500 m² area accommodates numerous plants from Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical regions. More than 45,000 glass panels create glass surfaces of 4,000 m². This makes the Palm House one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Special highlights among the exhibited plants include a 23-meter palm tree and the world’s largest water lily with a leaf diameter of 1.20 meters.

Schönbrunn Palace Park

As the crowning glory, we certainly mustn’t forget to allow enough time for the Palace Park around Schönbrunn Palace. The park itself is worth a trip. The impressive fountains, statues, monuments along with the shrubs, trees and flowers still evoke the charm of the imperial age. Admission is free and it is one of the most popular parks in Vienna. It’s the perfect place for a long run, a stroll with the family or to spend a few leisurely hours on a bench with a good book.

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • April to June
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • July to August
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • September to October
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • November to March
      Daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at main entrance portal (Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 3 parking spaces), Meidlinger Tor (2 parking spaces), close to Kavalierstrakt as well as Valerietrakt (2 parking spaces) and Fürstenstöckl (1 parking space)
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 139 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Free wheelchair rental – contact attendant at main portal (3 wheelchairs) or at Hietzinger Tor and at Meidlinger Tor (1 wheelchair each).
      Supplemental devices available for the visually impaired. Tours for visitors with with disabilities or special needs on request.
      Museum Sign Language Guide available in ÖGS and IS for the Imperial or Grand Tour, prior reservation recommended, further information:
      https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/visitor-information/barrier-free-access/

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms: no steps. Freight elevator for extra wide wheelchairs: door width: 160 cm, cabin depth: 220 cm, cabin width: 156 cm.

      Visitors' center in the Gardetrakt by the main gate, stepless access, door width: approx. 144 cm, wheelchair-accessible restroom can be reached by wheelchair platform lift – platform 110/140 cm, door width: 90 cm in the corridor area and 94 cm to the outdoors, accessible from outside with a Euro-Key.

       

       

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Gloriette

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • April to June
      Viewing terrace daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • July to August
      Viewing terrace daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • September
      Viewing terrace daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • October
      Viewing terrace daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Main entrance: 25 steps to the ticket office, 76 steps to the terrace, door width: Terrace: 101 cm, ticket office: 81 cm, single revolving door, turnstile: 53 cm.

      wheelchair-accessible restroom, approx. 50 m to the west in the park,

       

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Schönbrunn Zoo Entrance via Hietzinger Tor/Hietzinger Hauptstraße

Schönbrunner Schlosspark, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • January daily, 09:00 - 16:30
    • February daily, 09:00 - 17:00
    • March daily, 09:00 - 17:30
    • April-September daily, 09:00 - 18:30
    • October daily, 09:00 - 17:30
    • November-December daily, 09:00 - 16:30
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Elisabethallee, entrance Tirolerhof
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request.

    • Comments

      Access to buildings and enclosures without steps or via ramp.

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Schönbrunn: Maze

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

    • Children: 6-18 years; Family: 2 adults and 3 chrildren
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1,50€ off
  • Opening times

    • 01 April to 30 June
      Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • 01 July to 31 August
      Daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • 01 September to 30 September
      Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • 01 October to 28 October
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 29 October to 05 November
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps ( Door  100  cm  wide )
        via park
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Palm House (Palmenhaus) in Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, entrance at Hietzinger Tor

Schlosspark Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • May to September
      Daily 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admissions 17.30
    • October to April
      Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., last admissions 16.30
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 1 Steps (Swinging doors   110  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 110  cm  long , 18  cm  high
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours for visitors with special needs on request (groups of more than 10).

    • Comments

      Floor quite moist in some places. Admission for escort free in some cases.

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Park at Schönbrunn Palace Entrance at Hietzinger Tor

Maxingstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Sightseeing-train through the palace park with hydraulic auto-lift for wheelchairs. Daily between 10 am and 6 pm from mid March until the end of October. Reduced price for wheelchair-users.

    • Comments

      Daily until dusk, some sights only accessible through gentle climbs and over gravel paths.

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