My recommendation: if possible, purchase the items separately rather than the package. Avoid the dinner portion where possible.
Why: Flexibility. One can do the items on different days, and can avoid inclusions in this package.
We arrived at 3pm, which was perfect, as the Palace Tour was for 1 hour only. The Palace is beautiful but only a limited portion is open to the public. On most time of the year, the Schonbrunn closes at 4:30pm while the dinner starts at 6:30pm.
During this two hours, we roamed the Palace grounds as it is extremely beautiful. However, as we were there on a cold autumn day, that two hours did feel like an eternity! The dinner was not appetizing, as it tasted like a $5 meal one can buy at a local food court.
The chamber music orchestra was enjoyable. Note, the seats can be tight. There's a mandatory (paid) coat check, which the tour description does not mentioned here.
This was a large tour and as such impersonal, but nevertheless interesting.
We began with a coach trip of the main sites in Vienna during which we had a commentary and then we visited the Palace.
The Palace was stunning and we were directed round by our guide using audio headsets which was needed due to the size of the group. The guide was informative.
We finished with free time to look round the gardens which were large. It was November so gardens were obviously not at there best.
Would love to go back to Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens but would go on a small group tour and in warmer months when I am sure it would be outstanding!
Hyun Joo Kim
Good for skim looking! Schonbrunn Palace guide tour was really good.
This was amazing. There was an engagement at the original concert hall so the concert was held on the main ballroom of the Schonbrunn palace.
Doing what: Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Dinner and Concert
The tour focuses only on the Schonbrunn Palace. Your opportunities for picture taking are minimal due to time constraints, so make the most out of it!
We arrived about an hour and a half before dinner, thinking this would be more than enough time to take in the grounds and enjoy the tour, only to find out that the palace closed for tours at 4:00. This means that we would have had to have gotten to the palace in the middle of the afternoon for the tour, and then waited for two and a half hours until dinner was served. Not what I was expecting, and I was very upset to have paid for a tour that we couldn't take.
For dinner, we were directed across the street and about a half a mile down the block to a Marriott Courtyard Inn, where we were served in their little lobby restaurant. Again, not what I paid for, and extremely disappointing. We could have gone to any one of Vienna's spectacular restaurants and gotten a much better meal in a much nicer atmosphere. When I purchased the tickets, I was under the assumption that we would be dining in Schonbrunn Palace, not in a mediocre hotel restaurant down the street.
The concert itself was nice, in that the musical selections were well performed and entertaining. While this was the only portion of the tour in which we got to actually be on the palace grounds, the concert was held in a large visitor/conference-like room adjacent to the main palace building, not in the main building itself.
Overall, I was extremely disappointed with this package, and feel that the description was very deceiving, especially for the high price of the tickets. I've attended a similar concert in Vienna in the past while touring with my family, and the atmosphere was what you would expect of a grand Viennese, Baroque concert. I purchased this package expecting something more special and unique, but was let down.
If you are interested in this package, I would recommend doing the concert only, but I would also investigate other concert options in the city at different locations, as Vienna has a lot of choices to offer!
This tour was terrific. The bus ride around the city was filled with solid info about what we were seeing. We had a fantastically knowledgeable tour guide. And the Schonbrunn Palace visit rocked. Our only complaint was that we didn't have nearly enough time at the Palace. Why not add on an hour so sightseers can truly have some time to go exploring the grounds instead of rushing us around so frenziedly???
The visit to the Schonbrunn Palace was excellent - with great credit to the guide and her commentary through the rooms.
The tour in the town could have been better - part of the Ring seemed to be blocked off for some reason, so there was little cohesion..
I would suggest a trip purely to the Schonbrunn - it would have been good to have time to see the gardens
The audio tour of Schonbrunn is quite good, make sure to include plenty of time to walk the gardens and see the Glorietta as the view of Vienna is amazing from up there. Dinner was just okay because we had to walk to Coutryard Marriott -no atmosphere there. Concert was the highlight!! Definite must!
This is a performance for tourists. The venue is a large room in the Schonbrunn Orangery, with a make-shift platform for the orchestra and very uncomfortable portable chairs for audience. Front 3/4 rows are VIP seats with seat covered chairs. The rest are sec.A,B,Cs. Performance was average.
Doing what: Schonbrunn Palace Evening Concert
Schonbrunn Palace tour was good..but the city tour was average (at best). Too short..too little info. Need 'English Only' Tours. Repeating info in 2 (or more) languages obviously cuts down on the time available for the guide!
Nice tour of the Schonbrunn Palace ( auto guide ) , the dinner was nice and the concert was lovely.
Driver was late picking us up from the hotel. He gave us very little information after dropping us off to the tour bus area. He basically told us to just sit down and wait and that he wasn't sure if the parked tour bus was for us. There was no one from vienna tours that greeted us or was visible at the time.
We saw a lady wearing a Vienna sightseeing vest hop onto the bus. We tried to speak to her and found her very cold, unhelpful and unwelcoming!! She ended up being our tour guide, Tanya. She was sitting on the bus instead of greeting people outside. This is poor customer service and resulted in a poor start to the tour.
Luckily the people on the tour were very friendly and made the environment more comfortable.
The tour was in English and German and we thought it was English only. This made the tour more difficult to follow. Tanya was difficult to understand. She had her back to everyone while conducting the tour and did not engage us with her tour information. The only time she got off her chair and faced everyone was when she was telling people off for talking.
The Schonbrunn palace was ok. Tanya was knowledgable and more engaging there. She became much more friendly as it came closer to receiving tips.
A number of others on the bus also commented about how bad a your guide she was and shared with us previous negative experiences with the same tour group due to a cold and unwelcoming tour guide. We have been on many tours over the past few years and this is by far the worst one. Unfortunately I would never recommend this tour to anyone.
My daughter and I really enjoyed the concert. We had spent the day at Schloss Schonbrunn doing a palace tour, visiting the carriage museum and had walked up to Gloriette. The concert was in the Orangerie in the evening. The music was wonderfully engaging, the ballerinas were spectacular and the opera singers were so talented. It was very warm in the room, but we went outside into the courtyard at intermission and it was so nice to see the palace after dark. We would definitely recommend this concert as a must do in Vienna.
Doing what: Schonbrunn Palace Evening Concert
We thoroughly enjoyed our at-our-own-time tour of the palace. Dinner at the Residenz was lovely, and the concert was beautiful. Roadwork outside must have prevented taxis from queuing up, but a very polite young woman from the coatroom called a cab company for us.
Our visit to the Schonbrunn was a highlight of our visit to Vienna.
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