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Home of the Habsburgs, the capital of classical music, and the multicultural melting pot of Mitteleuropa, Vienna is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Its slow-paced life, architectural variety, and intensely seasonal cultural and gastronomic pleasures make Vienna an ideal destination for visitors. Get ready for balmy summer evenings at wine taverns, mugs of mulled wine at Christmas markets, and strolls through historic streets.

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Famous Habsburg heaven

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With its majestic summer palace Schönbrunn is a place that everyone visits at least once while in Vienna. The park has beautiful fountains, great resturants and is easy to reach with public transportation. Tip: The park also hosts the oldest zoo in the world, which is awesome to visit.

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The gardens are absolutely stunning! You have a massive castle here, where our Queen “Sissi” used to live, there are gorgeous fountains and even more beautiful flowers gardens.

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Habsburg heaven Editors' Note

Today Schloss Schönbrunn is both Vienna’s biggest tourist attraction and a great local amenity. Joggers slog through its rococo gardens and families flock to the world’s oldest zoo. This is one of the best family places in Vienna.

A public swimming pool hides in the woods above the palace beside the Gloriette – an 18th century pavilion that’s now a café with superb views over the palace and grounds. If you intend to visit the palace, it’s worth booking tickets online to avoid lengthy summer queues.

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) is the oldest palatial park of its kind in the world. The palace and gardens offer glimpses of the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs who resided here through the years. There is an excellent detailed website to help you plan a visit, buy tickets, or sign up for a tour.

Schloss Schönbrunn
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 1130 Vienna
+43 1 81113239
Palace open Apr-June, Sept-Oct 8.30am-5pm daily; July, Aug 8.30-6pm daily; Nov-Mar 8.30am-4.30pm. Gardens open Apr-Oct 6am-dusk daily; Nov-Mar 6.30am-dusk daily