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Desert House

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Schonbrunner Schlossstrasse, Vienna 1130, Austria
+43 1 87792940
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

It was an okay experience but the signs were only written in German so we didn’t really understand any of information. Also, it was quite small. If the signs were written in English too, it would have been more learning and interesting.

Thank Julie N
Simon S, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Desert House, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Hello Julie! Thank you for your Feedback. I will inform the responsible department that the signs are writen in German only. Your desert house Team

Reviewed December 13, 2017

The entrance to this was part of our "Winter pass" ticket so we did it as part of our zoo visit. I wouldn't say it is worth visiting on its own, but was as part of the other activity. The plants we had expected to...More

Thank Nigel S
Simon S, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Desert House, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2018

Thanks for your nice Feedback, Nigel! Your Desert House Team

Reviewed December 3, 2017

Compared with the Zoo (or a Palm house) Desert House looks very modest inside. Those who are looking for an entertaiment would be disappointed. Otherwise, for science lovers or those interested in plants and life in deserts it's a good place to visit.

Thank Kostyantyn V
Simon S, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Desert House, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2018

True words, thanks for your Feedback! Your Desert House Team

Reviewed October 9, 2017

The Desert House is included in the Vienna Pass, so on our day at Schonbrunn we did it (along with the Palace tour, Palm House, Privy Garden, Orangerie, Gloriette, and Zoo). I found this by far the least interesting. It has several animal exhibits, but...More

Thank ofamof
Reviewed September 21, 2017

Great place to visit and see special desert plants and animals like birds, mouses, snakes, reptiles, turtles.

Thank Staessen
Reviewed September 17, 2017

I preferred visiting desert house to the palm house. In this building you will find plants, insects, reptiles from driest regions. A small tank with “doctor fish” are at the entrance allowing you to plunge your hands for a quick experience of a fish Spa...More

Thank JLC-mtl2015
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Its ok to visit if you have the Vienna pass like we had, but I wouldn't pay for a ticket. Animals are pretty good and the surroundings are kept clean, but it didn't wow me like the zoo did. I also think its cheeky you...More

Thank Ela Jean W
Reviewed May 17, 2017

Different interesting, but not mind blowing,clean and tidy,animals to see,and birds. Good for children.

Thank Paul K
Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

We bought a Winter Pass at Schönbrunn Palace, this combined ticket gave us entry to all sites. Maybe it was the winter, maybe just us but we were not impressed. My friends who visited the site few months earlier they liked it, so it really...More

Thank Imre M
Simon S, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Desert House, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Thanks for your Feedback, Imre. We're sorry you were not impressed by our Desert House and hope you enjoyed the other exhibitions that were included in the Winter Pass. Your Desert House Team

Reviewed January 14, 2017

A nice place. I liked the way that it represents the live of the desert. There are some animals and a lot of plants.

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Vienna’s 13th district has always been in the shadow
of Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens, but has
interesting hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
Allow half a day for the imposing Habsburg residence
and the gardens with Gloriette belvedere. Reserve the
other half to discover the secret charms of this posh
residential neighborhood. Sneak out of the gardens at
Hietzinger Tor (Hietzing Gate) and head down
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