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“huge gardens.perfect spring day”
Review of Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace
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Skip the line: Guided tour Schönbrunn Palace and Vienna Historical City Tour
Ranked #2 of 597 things to do in Vienna
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Cultural World Heritage Site of Schönbrunn Palace is Austria's most frequently visited tourist attraction. In the palace the residential and state rooms with their original furnishings and decorations convey an authentic impression of the imperial lifestyle. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn in a unique synthesis of Baroque art as well as providing a convenient and highly popular recreational area for Vienna's population.
Reviewed May 13, 2013

you can easily spend couple of hours just wandering about. it's awesome in spring when everything is so green and blossoming. really huge territory - worth walking around.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Have visited the castle under sunshine: the park is wonderful. the apartments are more "human" then the hofburg in Vienna, well furnished and with somptuous rooms (chines decoration, cristal mirrors...); it's pure luxury and fine decoration as you've never seen anywhere else. The cafe Gloriette at the top of the park is very calm and beautiful with viennese pastries and coffees..

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

I have been on the tour of Schönbrunn a number of times now, with a number of different friends who have visited. Everyone has been impressed by the size and detailing of the palace, each and every time. During different seasons, there are also different outdoor activities (such as a Christmas market, which has the biggest variety of punches, alcoholic and non, that I have seen anywhere, and an Easter market).

Schönbrunn only gets four points instead of five for me for these reasons:
*You can either get an audio guide, which is sometimes paced a bit too quickly (presumably so as to get tourists in and out), or you can get a handout, but it's not as informative as the audio guide.
*There are tons of gift shops. I don't know if I have ever visited a tourist attraction with this many gift shops and this much schlock. Want to blow your nose on a tissue that has a portrait of Sissi or Mozard printed on it? You can here!
*It is not too close to the city center (maybe a 15-minute tram ride from the Westbahnhof) and it isn't really close to anything else, so if you do not plan ahead, you are kind of at the mercy of Schönbrunn's commercialism (and expensive food) or have to go without eating.

That said... it is free for anyone to enter the gardens at Schönbrunn, even if you don't buy a ticket to go inside the palace. One of my favorite things to do in Vienna on a nice day is pack a picnic and head out to the gardens at Schönbrunn.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Amazing over the top architecture, opulent glitz,and the most beautiful chandeliers. The audio portion of the tour is included, make sure you grab it. We did the grand tour, about 1hr, 29 euros for 2. The gardens are a whole other trip, ESP when in flower. You can wander around formalong time. Easy to get to, just ask anyone. The green line metro stops at the schonbrunn stop. You'll enjoy yourself,just try and stay ahead of the tour groups...

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

The Schonbrunn is a genuinely huge building but I think the real draw is expanse of formal gardens. It's well worth hiking up the little hill known as the Gloriette for the spectacular views back down over everything.

Thank Sean L
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