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Private Tour: Half-Day History of Schönbrunn Palace

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Wien, Austria
Private Tour: Half-Day History of Schönbrunn Palace

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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Delve into the architectural treasure trove of Schönbrunn Palace on a private 3-hour tour from Vienna.  Alongside your guide, you’ll explore extravagantly decorated chambers while learning of the palace’s history. Marvel at the Porcelain Room — a golden tableau modeled on porcelain china — and absorb the splendor of the Millions Room, adorned with priceless Rococo frames and wall hangings. See, too, the Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartments and the beautiful Schönbrunn Gardens. On this private tour, you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide.  
  • Explore extravagant chambers such as the Porcelain Room and the Millions Room
  • Admire the Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartments and the Schönbrunn Gardens
  • Learn about the history and former residents of the palace
  • Receive personalized attention from your guide
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Private guide
Schönbrunn Palace and Park tickets - Individual: 20 EUR and Students (19-25) 18 EUR
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Schönbrunn, Wien, Austria

Return Details

Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria
After greeting your guide outside of Vienna’s majestic Schönbrunn Palace, you’ll begin exploring with a stroll through the Schönbrunn Gardens — an exquisite example of Baroque landscaping. Admire perfectly manicured flowerbeds before visiting the Gloriette, a colossal arch that enjoys a hilltop perch. Here, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Vienna’s woods while listening to the city’s military history from your guide.

Next, head inside the palace to discover a plethora of opulent chambers; admire the Rococo design of the Millions Room, marvel at the glittering beauty of the Porcelain Room and be delighted by the décor of the Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartment.

Proceed to the lavish Hall of Ceremonies and the Dining Room and conclude your tour by bidding your guide farewell outside of the Schönbrunn Gardens.
Stop At:  
Schonbrunner Gardens
We begin our encounter with the astonishing High Baroque Schönbrunn Palace (built to rival Versailles) with a stroll through the magnificent formal gardens, exploring the Baroque landscaping principle of interlaced nature and architecture that is illustrated everywhere in the layout of the grounds. Approaching the Gloriette, a huge triumphal arch situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Vienna’s woods, we recall the military victories that made Empress Maria Theresa’s reign (1740-1780) a highpoint of the Habsburg dynasty’s political and cultural dominance in Europe. The park was opened not only to the court but to the general public from 1779, a populist gesture that reveals Maria Theresa’s canny charm offensive towards her subjects. Indeed, it was under Maria Theresa’s direction that Schönbrunn Palace became the focal point of Austria’s imperial policy and the centre of court life.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Schonbrunn Palace
Generations of Habsburg rulers put their stamp on Schönbrunn. Visiting one lavish room after another gives us an ample sense of the opulence of this family: The dining room with precious tableware and “imperial napkins” in the form of a “fleur de lys” witnessed countless state dinners; the Hall of Ceremonies records the pompous Baroque celebrations it hosted, such as the wedding of Crown Prince Joseph, depicted in a series of scenes by court painter Martin van Meytens; the so-called “Porcelain Room” (office of Maria Theresa), completely done in imitation of precious china with orientalist drawings drafted by the imperial children. The unique “Millions Room” owes its name to a fabulous price in gold ducats paid for it.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Insight Cities

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Good Guide in Vienna!
, Jul 2021
Katerina was an excellent guide; she was knowledgeable, friendly, organized, and energetic. We highly recommend here.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for the warm review. Every guide in our network is so delighted to touring again! Hope to see you on other Insight Cities tours in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Budapest and Salzburg. Safe travels!
Great tour guide, extremely interesting visit!
, Dec 2018
Our tour guide, Lena, was absolutely amazing. Lots of interesting anecdotes and historical analysis.
While our guide was informative...
Jennifer K
, Jan 2017
While our guide was informative about the artwork it isn't a tour I would recommend because it was very dry and somewhat boring... Unless you are a historian or academic. We had 3 children with us aged 12-18 but the guide didn't tailor the tour to be more interesting for them, in fact he was frustrated by the children. It was 521aud for 10-2pm but he finished at 1pm because we wanted a coffee break it was -5 degrees and everyone was tired. That means 1/4 of the tour was wiped off. It should have been made clearer we had to organise our own transport to the palace, the tickets should have been included for that price, and there should be an arrangement for a coffee break. We would have been better off with the audio guides
This was a wonderful experience...
, Sep 2016
This was a wonderful experience. Our guide Ilse was incredibly knowledgable about Schonbrunn Palace, its history and the history of the monarchs who ruled Vienna and Vienna in general. She really brought the place to life with interesting stories as we visited each of the public rooms and the gardens. Would absolutely recommend.

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