Schoenbrunn Palace (Schloss Schoenbrunn)
Schoenbrunn Palace, or Schloss Schoenbrunn, means 'beautiful spring' and was a royal hunting park when plans were made to build a sumptuous palace to rival Versailles. Queen Maria Theresa's architect, Nicholas Pacassi, is responsible for the eventual design of a long, symmetrical palace full of gilding and crimson displays drawing on Japanese, Italian, Persian and Indian works of art. There are ceiling frescoes celebrating the Habsburgs and 18th century furnishings. It was finally finished in 1749.
The gardens are huge and beautiful. There is a spectacular iron and glass palm house, a maze and labyrinth, and a viewing terrace. Since the end of the monarchy the Viennese people have flocked to these gardens for recreation. The palace is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
Review by Catherine P, USA, May 2013
Doing what: Vienna Historical City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit
Nice overview - time at Schonbrunn Palace is brief.
Review by Lily S R, USA, May 2013
Doing what: Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert
I highly recommend this because the palace is wonderful and the grounds beautiful even in a drizzle. The food is nothing to rave about although the strudle is superb. The concert was excellent with opera ballet/dance and orchestral parts. It is just a very nice experience and the people who attended were dressed nicely- some jackets and ties.
Review by Philip Dionisio R, April 2013
Doing what: Vienna Combo: Danube River Cruise, Dinner and Schonbrunn Palace Concert
Highly recommended. Dinner was superb. Cruise was very refreshing,though the weather at that time was not so good. I recommend you take the cruise on a sunny day. The concert was the best!
All routes lead to Schoenbrunn station: catch metro U4, bus 10A or trams 10 or 58.