El Schönbrunn Palace with its buildings and its gigantic park is one of the most significant cultural monuments of Austria. It is one of the fixed destinations for any traveler in Vienna. The UNESCO added it to his World Cultural Heritage list.

Construction began in 1696 to rival French Versailles, but the Habsburgs ran short of funds to bring it to its peak. Given his scant interest in the work, Emperor Leopold I gave it to his daughter Maria Teresa of Austria. She was in charge of remodeling it in the Baroque style, making it a place of importance for the Empire and the royal family until the advent of the Republic in 1918.

Tours to palace They include Maria Teresa's magnificent apartments, her living rooms, bedroom, and the parlor where Mozart, at age 6, played for the Empress. The rooms and lounges of Francisco José and his wife Sissi can also be visited. In general, the entire palace is filled with frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, gigantic mirrors, and gilded ornaments. In total tours include about 40 rooms, a minimum part of the 1441.

The gardens of Palace include a Tyrolean garden with orchards and pastures. In addition, it has a palm house with 3 climate zones with plants from the tropical forests of all continents.

The entrance price for adults is 12,90 (with guide 14 euros). Seniors and students pay 11,40 euros; under 18, 8,90 euros. Groups of up to 25 people pay a flat rate of 360 euros; more than 25 pay 14 euros per person. The schedules opening are variable. It is normally open from 08:30 to 17:00. From July 1 to the end of August it opens until 18:00 p.m. and from November to March it opens until 16:30 p.m.

To get there you can take the U4 metro line (U-Bahn) until the stop Schönbrunn. In trolley car take number 10, 58 or 60 towards the Hietzing stop.

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