Desert House
Desert House
3.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Schönbrunn
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  • Hietzing • 5 min walk
  • Braunschweiggasse • 10 min walk
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The Mills Twins
Wrexham, UK496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We bought our tickets combined with the palm house and we had been expecting a small house with maybe some cactus and a few lizard displays. We were happily surprised! The house is not small inside and had a display of cave dwelling fish and insects and a very cool naked mole rat enclosure. This then takes you out into an open area with the aforementioned cactus but also tortoise flying birds gila monsters and little mice. Very cool! The outside rock garden is closed during the winter so we did not get to see it but all in all a nice activity to add to your itinerary.
Written November 22, 2023
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Emily
Portsmouth, UK208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
We went as it was part of our winter combo ticket. They have doctor fish, naked mole rats, tortoise and a hedgehog that has a face like a fox as well as cactus and birds. Nice short stop out of the cold.
Written December 14, 2019
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Gee231205x
Gillingham, UK786 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
We came here as it was included with the winter pass we brought for going to Schonbrunn Palace and the zoo. It's only a small building but it is warm so make a nice change from the cold of outside. on entry there is a small tank with some lizards and once you have passed through the ticket barriers there is a tank of 'Dr. Fish'. You are encouraged by signs to stick your hand but not anything else into the tank. The fish then come and nibble on your fingers which is quite an odd sensation.
The plant house itself is small enough to walk around in about 5 minutes. It has a nice collection of cacti and some free flying birds which are interesting to watch. I'm not sure we would have stopped off here if it wasn't part of a deal as the admission price for what you experience seems a bit high,
Written December 28, 2018
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thesunburntpenguins
Cheshire, UK266 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We went because it was included in our multi-ticket (Schönnbrun Palace, Zoo, Botanical House & This).

Even though this costs us nothing extra, it was still not worth it… we only have a finite time on this planet, and that's time I'm not getting back.

Given that outside was a bitterly cold Vienna November day, you might have thought we would have wanted to dally inside. But even with that, I think we lasted 5 mins. Nothing really to see, nothing really described, just poor.

We were checked in courteously, but the staff looked equally bored, and I am sure that to help them get through their day they run some form of sweepstake on each entrant, as to how long this lot will last.
Written December 2, 2021
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lingart
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We visited the Desert House as part of our winter pass for the palace and the zoo. It wasn't on the top of our list but we thought we should have a look after the palmhouse. We instantly found ourselves very impressed with the effort that had been put into showcasing the animals and plants of the deserts around the world.

There is large selection of interesting animals here such as many free roaming birds, as well as tortoises and elephant shrews. There was also a good exhibit for snakes and lizards and fish also!

We really enjoyed our time here which lasted for around 30-40 minutes, and it gave a great insight into a part of the world that isn't normally very well documented.
Written December 3, 2018
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Ray B
Welwyn, England, United Kingdom26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
As a bit of a cactophile I was looking forward to my visit to the Cactus House. How disappointed I was. It was as if no gardener had been near the place for months with the cacti and succulents left looking very poor. Indeed, I have seen a greater range of plants, looking more healthy, in my local garden centre. There were various glass cases I presume to supposedly to showcase specific plants - unfortunately the plants inside were decidedly brown and crispy. The Botanic Gardens near the university had better looking specimens, outside, with free access. This is not the place to go if you want to see cacti in anything like their natural state. Very disappointing
Written June 24, 2019
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Fandango11
Southampton Uk409 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
This seems a bit like a forgotten exhibition, it was very quiet when we were there. Luckily we didn't have to pay as it was part of our Vienna Pass.

As you enter there is a tank with fish that eat your dead skin. I presume these are the same ones people put their feet into in beauty salons. This tank is full of them and putting your hand in will make your day. We were in fits of laughter as the little fish tried to nibble our hands, don't miss it!

The rest of the Desert House was well done, but desert creatures can be a bit unexciting to look at during the daytime. Snakes and lizards tend to just lay there looking dead which doesn't really get the blood racing. They have some fun insects, and a nocturnal display but apart from the flesh eating fish I would go out of my way to visit here.
Written July 26, 2015
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye188,890 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Desert House is the giant green iron and glass construction located in the Schöenbrunn Palace Gardens which is a kind of botanical and zoological gardens with many species and desert greens.Good to visit it if you are in and around this area.
Written June 12, 2015
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Simona Mihaela N
Pitesti, Romania122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
You really feel like in the dessert here.There are many species to see and the tempereature inside is high. The funniest thing was an aquarium with "SPA" fish.It was a combi-ticket with Palmhous so we didn't pay much.
Written March 19, 2015
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schlabo
Sankt Polten, Austria157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The desert house is rather small - it will only take around 30 minutes to see it. Its main focus are various plants, with a few live animals (mainly naked mole rats and turtles). The information signs contain some interesting information. In general, if you have time to spare, the weather isn't too nice and especially if the entrance fee is included in a tourist card, it's nice for a short visit.
Written January 12, 2022
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