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A city for all seasons
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.
Famous Habsburg heaven
Habsburg heavenStay.com 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.
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