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Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour

Wien, Austria

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Explore the magnificent city of Vienna on this city tour by coach, including admission into the Schönbrunn Palace without waiting time. Pass major attractions like the Hofburg Palace, City Hall, and the Vienna State Opera as you drive along the famed Ringstrasse. Afterward, explore the lavish summer home of the Habsburg monarchs, the Schönbrunn Palace. Skip the line at the entrance and learn the rich stories of its residents as you stroll from room to room.
  • Skip-the-line access to Schönbrunn Palace
  • Vienna highlights coach tour plus visit to the Schönbrunn Palace
  • Drive the Ringstrasse to see the Vienna State Opera, City Hall and Hofburg Palace, former winter home of the Habsburgs
  • Visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburg summer residence
  • Explore the staterooms where the royals lived, with an expert guide
  • Get free time to stroll the gardens or enjoy coffee and a snack (both at own expense)

What's Included

  • City tour with Vienna’s most important sights
  • No waiting time at Schönbrunn Palace
  • Guided tour of the State Rooms
  • Free time at your disposal (approx. 40 min.)
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Operngasse 8
    Operngasse 8, 1010 Wien, Austria

    Meeting point is 15-10 minutes before departure in front of the Opera Fountain at the Vienna State Opera. Take the lines U1 (red), U2 (purple) or U4 (green) to station "Karlsplatz". Follow the exit "Oper" and walk left along the Vienna State Opera to get to Operngasse.

Start time

09:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your tour begins at the Vienna State Opera. Hop aboard your coach, where you are welcomed by your local guide.

Drive along the Ringstrasse, a boulevard showcasing some of Vienna’s most stunning architecture. Hear the rich history behind Austria’s ‘Opera Ball’ as you pass the Vienna State Opera.

You also see the neoclassical design of the Austrian Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater, and the Museum of Art History. Witness the grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, where Marie Antoinette was born in 1755.

After exploring the city by coach, hop out on foot to roam the Baroque Schönbrunn Palace, where the Habsburgs spent their summers. Skip the line and access Schonbrunn Palace with your local guide without waiting time. Comprising 1,441 rooms, follow your guide through the lavish interior and discover the stories behind this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afterward, soak up some free time to walk the gardens, or head to the cafe to purchase a coffee or strudel.

Wiener Staatsoper (Pass By)

Pass by the Vienna State Opera on a guided bus tour through Vienna.

Austrian Parliament Building (Pass By)

Admire the neoclassical design of the Austrian Parliament

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour might be operated multilingually.
  • Please note on few dates in high season, due to popularity of the tour, transport could be on a double decker
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

don't be late from assigned time and always ask because there are many traveling groups depart from the same meet up point.
Over all it is worth to pay for skip the line for visiting the staterooms
826 reviews
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Great tour!
Andrew_C, Oct 2022
Great tour! Great way to see much of the beautiful architecture in beautiful Vienna! Very easy entry to Schonbrunn Palace and great, personal guided tour.
Perfect Quick Tour!
Gina_M, Nov 2022
The weather was rainy this day so the city tour by bus sounded like the best option and it WAS! Our guide was so knowledgeable and kind and provided lots of useful information and history of Vienna. The bus was comfortable and after the ride around the city we headed to the palace, where our guide gave us the most wonderful tour, timed perfectly and spending the right amount of time in each room. When the tour was finished we had enough time to explore the gardens and the gift shop, then we took a different route on the way back and our guide provided further background on the city. It’s a perfect half day tour and gave me a lot of ideas of places I wanted to explore further on my own.
Good Vienna city tour
ROBYN_T, Oct 2022
Tour was very good, we saw the main points of interest in Vienna even though it was from the coach, our guide was informative. Schonbrunn Palace is beautiful and definitely a must when in Vienna
Enjoyable tour of Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace
Murray_H, Oct 2022
Our tour guide (Thomas?) was excellent. He gave lots of interesting information about Vienna and the Palace, seemed unflappable, and seamlessly transitioned between 3 languages to accommodate the participants on our bus.
Good to see
Randall_V, Sep 2022
Good to see the city while having a guide explain what the buildings were. The palace itself was a bit disappointing- so huge and we were only allowed to see a miniscule portion….
Not English and Not historical
Theresa_C, Aug 2022
Memorable was the fact that the guide barely gave what I would call “historical” city tour - most of his mentions were about the hotels for some reason. (I asked him later if we’d get any more history of Vienna on the way back, to which he said there’s no way to give the full history of Vienna since there’s so much. But a summary would’ve been nice, it really doesn’t matter which is the most recent American hotel built! Also, he spoke 3 languages on the English tour, so we really got 1/3 of his time. When someone asked him if he could speak English since this was booked as English tour, he said it’s not possible since he’s got 3 languages he’s got to cover. This was our 4 Viator Tour for this 3 week trip across 5 countries in Europe and they all were exceptional except this one - it didn’t even come close to the same standards as the others. Not Viator quality in my opinion!
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The whole experience was...
CRAIG_L, Apr 2022
The whole experience was enjoyable , with Erik a multi-lingual and very knowledgable tour guide for both historical and current-day Vienna . Recommended.
Nice Tour with Knowledgeable Guide
Steven_D, Oct 2021
We enjoyed the palace tour and were given ample free time to roam the grounds after. We were a little disappointed it wasn't an English language only tour.
Great tour
Brett_P, Oct 2021
Great tour. Would take it again. Tour leader was very knowledgeable and spoke great English. She was great
Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour
chanyap0924, Nov 2019
The tour guide was excellent. She gave a clear history of the attractions in Vienna. She explained very well each room’s history of the Schonbrunn Palace.
Good Summary Trip for Vienna and Schönbrunn
telder1988, Aug 2019
My wife and I had only one day in Vienna, and we wanted to see Schönbrunn and as much of Vienna as possible, so we booked this trip for expediency and as a summary. It was confusing to find the start point of the tour as we could not identify the landmark in the booking, so we circled the opera house until we found a large group of people. There could be some clarity there. The guide spoke excellent English and was very entertaining on the tour. We got to see and learn so much about Vienna in a short time and then we went to Schönbrunn, where we were able to walk right in as advertised. The visit is quite short, and I would rather have had more time, but it was great for our timeline. The palace is beautiful, and I would recommend a visit in some way if you are in or near Vienna. I recommend this trip as a quick way to see Vienna, but, if you have more time, I would recommend looking to alternatives for more time at Schönbrunn.
I fully recommend
682alinn, Jul 2019
I was pleasantly surprised when the bus driver took us first to main parts of Vienna, and we also had a presentation of the attractions there. The guide had a very well knowledge of the attraction and the castle, had a very pleasant way of explaining and also spoke very good English. We also had free time at the castle and we avoided the line how the name says it.
Enjoyable experience
Douglas_D, Jul 2018
It was what we expected. The guide was professional and informative. The tour ran on time with adequate time on our own to visit the exterior of the Palace. The only thing I would say is that we were led to believe this site was very difficult to see without a tour or the Vienna pass. It was high season but I don't think we would have had too much trouble getting it. If you do not do this tour I would suggest the electronic audio guide.
loved the palace, and the tour was good...
charles_m, Sep 2016
loved the palace, and the tour was good gave me an insight of what i wanted to see in vienna
This is definitely worth doing!! You...
Aaron L, Jan 2007
This is definitely worth doing!! You get to see the best parts of Vienna.
With my interest historical the...
Roslyn f slade S, Nov 2017
With my interest historical the visit to the Shonbrunn Palace was indeed wonderful despite it being a rainy day. I would have liked this tour to include the Belvedere as well. This tour gives you a broad idea of Vienna prompting you to investigate further its many historical attractions. Highly recommended.
An excellent tour to start your stay...
John E, Oct 2017
An excellent tour to start your stay in Vienna as it definitely enables you to gain an understanding of the city's layout and location of key attractions. The Schonbrunn Palace is spectacular and even more so with the insights of your knowledgeable guide.
The complementary pick-up service...
Thomas W, Sep 2017
The complementary pick-up service from the hotel was brilliant, very efficient and organised. You transfer to a larger bus with a guide who speaks English and Italian. Very interesting tour of Vienna and then on to the Schonbrunn Palace. The tour was very informative, but sadly over too quickly as the number of rooms you can go in is limited, but they are all extraordinarily beautiful. I would have liked to have spent more time in the Palace Gardens which are extensive. The flower beds, the fountains, the hedges, not enough time to see the Palm House, Gloriette, or Roman ruins. We could have done with an extra 45-60 minutes to explore. Other than that, a most enjoyable tour.
This was very nice tour, weve seen...
Yelena_Z, Oct 2017
This was very nice tour, weve seen all the major sights in the Vienna and I really enjoyed walking tour of Schönbrunn Palace. The only problem I have with organization of this tour and some other tours in Vienna, that our guide was repeating each topic four times in four different languages. I chose the tour in English and expected to be in English only. Its very distracting to listen to the same information four times. I think something should change with this practice. And only because of this I give this tour lower rating, otherwise the tour was great!
We met the guide at the bus...
Raymond L, Jan 2018
We met the guide at the bus terminal. We had an bus ride around Vienna giving us an overview before going to the Palace. The same excellent guide walked us through the Palace, and we had time to look around the gardens on our own.The guide gave sufficient information to be interesting, and added some humour. We felt able to wander around the inner city on our own to see more sights inaccesible by bus.


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