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  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Duration:  Flexible

Enjoy a royal package with a self-guided audio Schonbrunn Palace walking tour followed by a three course dinner at Cafe-Restaurant Residenz. Within walking distance from the main entrance to Schonbrunn Palace and the Cafe-Restaurant Residenz lies the Orangery Schonbrunn where a concert of classical music with works by Mozart and Strauss will complete your evening.

Highlights

  • Explore the Royal residence of Schonbrunn Palace
  • Enjoy culture and fine cuisine with a traditional Austrian 3-course dinner
  • Listen to a Mozart and Strauss Concert, and choose from 4 different seating options

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Schonbrunn is THE icon in Vienna and a total must-see. This combo package is the perfect way to spend an evening in Vienna, especially for music lovers!

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What You Can Expect

Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert

Explore one of Vienna's must-see attractions at your own pace

Likely to Sell-out! An Evening in Schonbrunn Palace: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. The Habsburgs resided here the better part of the year in numerous rooms for the large imperial family in addition to representational rooms. Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married the enchanting Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born here in 1830. The monarch spent his last years entirely in the palace, which became the property of the new Republic of Austria only two years after his death. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO's cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings.

There are four ticket categories to choose from: VIP, A, B and C, referring to the front, middle and rear of the auditorium respectively.

VIP guests enjoy preferred seating at the concert and will be served a glass of sparkling wine during the intermission.

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Itinerary

Schonbrunn Palace Tour:
This romantic tour of the imperial apartments starts behind a massive door at the top of the Blue Staircase. It begins in the west wing of the palace, with the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth, which are furnished in 19th-century style, and continues through the state rooms in the central wing, also known as the State Wing. From there the tour proceeds to the richly-appointed guest apartments. The Franz Karl Apartments, which were occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph's parents, Archduchess Sophie and Archduke Franz Karl, conclude the tour.

It is a self guided tour accompanied by an audio-guide (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Czech and Hungarian). During the winter, we recommend guests start the tour at 3pm at the latest. During the summer, please start your tour before 4pm. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour. You may take this tour at any time during the palace's official hours. Please note, we do recommend taking the tour before your dinner and concert at Schonbrunn Palace to appreciate the full royal experience!

Cafe-Restaurant Residenz Dinner:
Culture and fine cuisine are an excellent combination! The restaurant is located in the Ehrenhof (Court of Honor), adjacent to the palace's main entrance. An elegant three-course candlelight dinner awaits you. In summer, dinner will be served outside in the garden terrace. The menu is subject to change, and vegetarian dishes are available upon request (at time of booking).

  • Appetizer: Beef consommé with sliced pancake
  • Main Course: Tafelspitz Viennese boiled beef
  • Dessert: Homemade Applestrudel
Dinner is occasionally relocated (without notice) to the Restaurant Schonbrunn Stockl located inside Schonbrunn Palace Castle Grounds.

Mozart and Strauss Concert:
Since imperial times, this was a place for courtly festivities and banquets. During one of these events Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri held a unique music contest. In this historic ambience the Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra performs the most beautiful works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.

In the first part, you will listen to some of the most marvelous overtures, arias and duets from the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. "Le Nozze di Figaro", "Die Zauberflote" and "Don Giovanni" to name a few. The most popular operetta arias, waltzes and polkas of the "Walzerkoenig" Johann Strauss - from "Die Fledermaus" and "Der Zigeunerbaron" to "Donauwalzer" and the famous "Radetzkymarsch" - comprise the second part. The orchestra is accompanied by two opera singers, a soprano and a baritone, as well as two ballet dancers in authentic costumes.

The concerts are occasionally relocated (without notice) to the exceptional Great Gallery or the White Gold Room located inside Schonbrunn Palace, at the Schonbrunn Palace Theater.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was wonderful. Unfortunately it was very hot. The dinner was Good. The concert excellent, however had a great deal of difficulty finding a taxi at the end of the concert to take us back to hotel and no help was provided from the venue to call for taxis.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EVENING!!! It was amazing! I'm not much of an orchestra person but something about being in Vienna, in a palace, was truly moving! My husband and I are in our early 30s and it was a great date night in Europe for us! The box office to pick up our tickets was not marked well but once we found it dinner, the palace tour and the orchestra were all clearly marked. I liked that we could do things at our own pace, as we had been on so many tours thus far this was a nice change to do things just with our family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Everything worked like clockwork tour, meal and concert. The concert was fantastic and held you spellbound, would recommend and have already this super package, thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour, dinner, and concert!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fabulous way to spend a day. The Palace tour was excellent and gave us time to go back to the hotel and freshen up before going for the dinner and concert. The food was excellent and the servers were top notch. The concert was a real highlight. Loved the music and the fact that they also did some opera and ballet was a bonus and added to the whole evening. Very well done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic dinner and a beautiful, quality show. VIP tickets are well worth the money if you can stretch it. Happened to enjoy it while the heatwave struck Vienna 38 degrees that day, but it didn't sway us. Make an effort to dress smart casual. A highlight of our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was a fantastic evening, starting with a tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. The dinner was of the highest standard, and the concert was very very enjoyable. All in all, a wonderful afternoon and evening absorbing all that culture and history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very good audio tour - schonbrunn palace well presented. Vegetarian meal excellent and concert in the orangery enjoyable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The whole experience from the palace tour, to the time in the gardens, the marvelous dinner and the great concert was wonderful.

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