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Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets. Follow a licensed guide through lavish interiors, learn about the Habsburgs Royal Family, and explore the ornate palace gardens. Meet your guide in front of the palace and start with an informative introduction to the history of the royal compound. Receive a modern audio device so that you can always hear the tour’s live narration along the way. Benefit from priority entrance tickets and gain quick access inside the palace. Marvel at the grand entrance and begin your guided walk through 22 staterooms of the famous Austrian palace. Admire the 40-meter long Great Gallery and the Hall of Ceremonies and see how the Habsburg Dynasty lived as you stroll through lavish halls and peek into private chambers. Listen to entertaining stories about the former royals, which are infused typical Viennese humor by your local and friendly guide. Learn not only about the fascinating history of the royal family of Habsburgs and the famous Empress Sissi but also about how the palace has evolved in modern times and where the royal descendants now live. Following the tour, enjoy the opportunity to walk around the gardens at your own pace and catch a glimpse of the Gloriette, an arch on top of a hill overlooking Vienna’s forests.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

2. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok)• Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Vienna Ring Tram • Plus more than 30 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 4 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • App guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

3. Vienna: Public Transport City Card and Attraction Discounts

With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital. Upon activation, you will have 24, 48, or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). Enjoy countless benefits in museums and sights, exhibitions, theaters, concerts, shops, 20% off consumption at each of the participating restaurants, and much more for the duration of your stay (max. 7 days). Save up to 50% with the discounts. If you are traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holder. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. Download ivie, enter your 8-digit code to activate and hold your digital Vienna City Card.

Vienna: After-Hours Palace Tour & Concert in Schoenbrunn

4. Vienna: After-Hours Palace Tour & Concert in Schoenbrunn

Listen to live renditions of Mozart and Strauss' classical compositions at a concert in Schönbrunn Palace's Orangery after a self-guided audio tour. Have the 22 rooms of the palace all to yourself after opening hours and then settle into your choice of seat for the performance. Make your way to the palace and enter the historic building at 5:30 P.M. Use your own mobile phone as a guide to lead you through the rooms on show, learning about the history of Schönbrunn Palace. After your self-guided tour, enjoy about 2 hours of free time to explore the grounds or relax. At around 8:00 P.M., the Orangery will open. Take your seat and enjoy a beautiful classical music concert. Listen to the incredible skill of the Schönbrunn Palace orchestra and the Schönbrunn chamber ensemble as they enchant you with beautiful melodies.

Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

5. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna. By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Private Tour

6. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Private Tour

Experience one of the top attractions in Vienna on this guided tour of the Schonbrunn Palace, Imperial Rooms, and Gardens. Discover the history and heritage of the Habsburg dynasty. Enjoy the nature, art, and architecture that represent the rich taste of Austrian royalty and get closer to the real history. With the 2-hour option, you will follow the original route of the Highlight Tour, which is exclusive for customers purchasing skip-the-line guided tours. Explore 24 of the Schonbrunn Palace's most beautiful imperial rooms and chambers, including the private apartments of the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominion, Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina. Learn about the fascinating lives of the palace’s former inhabitants and immerse yourself in the imperial wealth and opulence of the Habsburg dynasty. In each of the rooms, admire different styles of ornate decor, art, and furniture. The route includes highlights such as the luxurious Great Gallery, the exotic Chinese Cabinets, and the magnificent Hall of Ceremonies. Your private guide will also show you around the UNESCO-listed Schonbrunn Garden, which features beautiful formal gardens, fountains, and 32 sculptures. See the nearby hill crowned by the Gloriette structure with columns and arches, designed to glorify Habsburg power and the Just War. The 3-hour option includes a 2-hour Highlight Tour of the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens with a convenient pickup and drop-off service from your accommodation in Vienna. Choose the 2.5-hour option to get the full experience of the imperial wealth and luxury at the Schonbrunn Palace by taking the Grand Tour route, which includes 40 chambers to explore with no waiting lines. Discover 40 exquisite staterooms that reflect three centuries of the golden age of Austria. Marvel at the outstanding decoration and furnishings from the time of Maria Theresa, featuring chinoiserie and East Asian elements, in particular, the Blue Chinese Salon and the Vieux-Laque Room.

Vienna: Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights

7. Vienna: Flexipass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 Top Sights

Discover Vienna's most famous sights following your personal program according to your interests. Choose from 40 different sights and sightseeing offers that include 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions in your program. Take part in a hop-on hop-off tour to get an overview of Vienna's most important sights or visit the Prater. See the Danube Tower, the Haydn House or the Johann Strauß Apartment. Visit the Jewish Museum or Imperial Treasury. Choose one of the many museums, visit the Spanish Riding School or stroll through the Schönbrunn Zoo. Attractions: - Hop-on Hop-off Ticket for 24 hours and all lines (counting as 1 attraction) - Schönbrunn Grand Tour - Schloss Hof & Schlosss Niederweiden - Sisi Museum - Schönbrunn Zoo - Ferris wheel - Museum of Natural History - Danube Tower - Leopold Museum - Imperial Treasury - Spanish Riding School - Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) - Upper Belvedere - Klosterneuburg Monastery- Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour - Vienna ring tram - Albertina - DDSG City Cruise - Kunsthistorisches Museum - Madame Tussauds - Schönbrunn Panoramabahn - Beethoven Museum Heiligenstadt - MAK (Museum of Applied Arts) - Geymüllerschlössel - And more than 30 other sights

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Virtual Reality Experience

8. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace Virtual Reality Experience

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the impressive Schönbrunn Palace and travel back to the time of the Austrian Empire. Take a seat in a Baroque-style chair and put on your VR glasses to witness a multi-sensory adventure through image and sound. Take part in this brand-new way to discover the palace and complement your visit with a realistic view of what life in the castle was like. Experience historical moments from the 18th century, listen to Mozart's first compositions, and dine with Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph. Feel like you're part of the story by watching real people play out the scenes, as opposed to the conventional animation-based VR. Join this innovative journey and acquire a whole new sense of appreciation for Austrian history.

Schönbrunn Grand Tour : Private Skip-the-Line Walking Tour

9. Schönbrunn Grand Tour : Private Skip-the-Line Walking Tour

Visit the Grand Schönbrunn Palace and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a private tour. Meet your guide in front of the palace and receive a quick overview of its history. Enter the palace and see the impressive entrance hall and the lavish garden from a distance. Go to the staterooms on the first floor and admire the rooms of the second last emperor Franz Josef and his wife Elisabeth (known as Sisi). Follow your guide to the staterooms where Mozart performed for the imperial family when he was six years old. Stand in the heart of the palace with the biggest hall and the grand gallery, used for balls, receptions, and as a banqueting hall. Get a peek at the former private rooms of Maria Theresia and her husband Franz Stephan before concluding the tour in the Hunting Room.

Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

10. Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

The astonishing High Baroque Schönbrunn Palace was built to rival Versailles. Begin your 2.5-hour guided tour with a walk through the magnificent formal gardens, based on the Baroque landscaping principle of interlaced nature and architecture. Approaching the Gloriette, a huge triumphal arch situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Vienna’s woods, your guide will tell you about the military victories that made Empress Maria Theresa’s reign (1740-1780) a highpoint in the Hapsburg Dynasty’s political and cultural dominance in Europe. The park was opened to the general public in 1779, a populist gesture that reveals Maria Theresa’s canny charm offensive. Indeed, it was under Maria Theresa’s direction that Schönbrunn Palace became the focal point of Austria’s imperial policy and the center of court life, in addition to functioning as the summer residence of a reigning family with 16 children! You’ll see that next generation of Hapsburg rulers also put their stamp on Schönbrunn. The Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartments tell the story of a couple torn apart by the burdens of state. In 1854, Emperor Franz Joseph married the Bavarian princess known better under the affectionate nickname Sisi, who despised the rituals of court life and the ornate environment of the summer palace. She commissioned a spiral staircase leading from her official rooms to a private entry from which she could flee from the palace to the gardens. Visiting one lavish room after another will give you a sense of the opulence that the country girl Sisi fled. Marvel at the unique Millions Room that owes its name to its price. It features antique Indo-Persian miniatures in Rococo frames and wall hangings of carved rosewood from the Antilles that make the Millions Room one of the most accomplished combinations of Oriental and European decorative art from the Rococo era.

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What people are saying about Gloriette

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I recommend it to everyone, even if compared to other cities it is a lot more expensive. It is also true that the most important attractions are included. The only flaw is that it can't be done exactly for all the days you want (as in my case). Surely, however, if you intend to visit a lot, it is also worth buying because it allows you to skip many things, which saves time and often it is enough to scan the code of the same, without making a ticket.

Everything there was amazing even if it was a rainy morning and we couldn't enjoy the garden tour. The architecture, the history of the Schonbrunn palace and the astonishing beauty you see in every corner. Our guide, Antonia, was very knowledgeable of the place's history and explained everything pretty well. I highly recommend you take the guided tour it's totally worth it. P.S. Don't skip the Gloriette, it's a must see.

I did the 6 day Vienna Pass. Initially it could have seemed a high figure, but then using the relative transports and having planned the visits to the places included in the package, I saved money and waiting times at the entrance queues to the places included in the list which are so many and of all types. Absolutely recommended. Excellent initiative in the interest of the tourist.

The guide Stefan shared all his knowledge, in a charming way, for more than two hours. We learned new interesting stories about the history of Habsburg dynasty while visiting the Schonbrunn palace. I spent three days in Vienna and this was the most interesting experience there.

I recommend the purchase to be able to visit almost all of Vienna without worrying about tickets and long queues