Schloss Schönbrunn

Phone: +43-1-81113 239
Fax: +43-1-81113 333

Schloβ Schönbrunn - Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria and since the 1960s has also been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. Soon after the end of the monarchy the population of Vienna discovered the park as an attractive recreational area. Eventually the palace was also opened to the public, drawing around 1.5 million visitors annually. The park and all the other attractions at Schönbrunn together see a further 5.2 million visitors each year, giving a grand total of 6.7 million visitors to the imposing palace complex each year. At the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee held in December1996 Schönbrunn Palace was put on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, an institution founded in 1972. Inclusion in this list confirms the importance of the palace and its gardens as a Baroque work of art. If you have any further questions we would be pleased to answer them at any time.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

On display: the splendor of the Imperial Palace and at other location still more treasures …

at the Viennese Hofburg: (
• the Imperial Apartments,
• the "Sisi Museum"
• the Imperial Silver Collection,
and in Vienna's seventh district
• the Imperial Furniture Collection (

A permanent exhibition at the Furniture Museum:

Sissi in the Movies - Imperial Furniture for the Sets
The Sissi films are celebrating their 50th anniversary! The ingredients that ensured their success were the Austrian actress Romy Schneider, a brilliant director and splendidly opulent sets. In order to lend these romantic films a touch of historical flair, imperial furniture from the Hofmobiliendepot was borrowed for the sets. The exhibition showcases this furniture, supplementing it with stills of scenes from the film, props and a wealth of fascinating information. A specially dedicated Sis(s)i Path through the museum will sweep you off into the romantic cinematic world of the 1950s, but also give you an authentic glimpse of the historical basis of the films.


At the Furniture Museum

30.05. - 23.09.2007: Photographic exhibition

Romy Schneider – a tribute to youth
Photographic exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Romy Schneider's death. As a tribute to this great actress the Imperial Furniture Collection is hosting an exhibition of 82 black and white photographs of the young Romy Schneider dating from 1956 to 1958.

Previous Exhibitions

Archive (Furniture Museum)

Socially Unacceptable
Photos of James Dean & The Misfits
(29 March - 9 July 2006)

Views of Modern Architecture
Architectural photographs from the Alberto Sartoris Collection in dialogue with objects from the Vitra Design Museum
(7 December 2005 - 5 March 2006)

"Furniture design in the Fifties" and "Lily Porcelain" (german)
2 exhibitions about the 1950s
(12 May - 6 November 2005)

Audrey Hepburn
Photographs by Bob Willoughby
(29 January - 24 April 2005)

Bauhaus - Furniture
A Legend Reviewed
(15 September 2004 - 9 January 2005)

Experiment 70
Visions of design by Luigi Colani and Günter Beltzig
(21 January - 4 April 2004)

Thonet Brothers
Bentwood in Furniture
(3 September 2003 - 6 January 2004)

Marylin Monroe
(16 January - 21 April 2003)

Alvar Aalto: Furniture
The Kossdorff Collection
(18 January - 21 April 2002)

Linda McCartney
(6 September - 9 December 2001)


....................................Ticket..Ticket / guide*...Sisi Ticket**...Memberships
Adults............................€ 6,90.....€ 8,40................€ 22,50..........€ 39,00
Children (6-18)...............€ 3,50.....€ 4,50................€ 11,50..........€ 29,00
Students (19-25).............€ 4,50.....€ 6,00................€ 20,00..........€ 29,00
Senior citiz. 60+..............€ 4,50.....€ 6,00................€ 22,50..........€ 29,00
Vienna Card....................€ 4,50.....€ 6,00................€ 20,00
Disabled.persons.............€ 4,50.....€ 6,00................€ 20,00
School Groups (6-18).......€ 2,50.....€ 3,50................€ 11,50
Student.Groups, (19-25)...€ 3,50.....€ 4,50................€ 20,00
2 adults & 3 children........€ 14,90....€ 18,90

*) Guided tours: Tue – Sun 3 pm

**) The Sisi Ticket is a combined ticket for real Sisi enthusiasts!
It includes the Grand Tour of Schönbrunn Palace with audio guide, the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection with audio guide as well as admission to the Imperial Furniture Collection with the permanent exibition “Sissi in the Movies – Imperial Furniture for the Sets

Opening hours

The Palace
1st April to 30th June 8.30 am to 5 pm
1st July to 31st August 8.30 am to 6 pm
1st September to 31st October 8.30 am to 5 pm
1st November to 31st March 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Schönbrunn Palace is open daily, including public holidays!

The Privy Garden
1st April to 30th June daily from 9 am to 5 pm
1st July to 31st August daily from 9 am to 6 pm
1st September to 31st October daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Information and Booking:
Schloss Schönbrunn
Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.
Schloss Schönbrunn
A-1130 Wien

Getting there

Click here for a map please

Public transport lines which take you directly to the palace:
Underground: U4, Schönbrunn
Trams: 10, 58, Schönbrunn
Bus: 10A, Schönbrunn
Wiener Linien

Arriving by car
Coming from Vienna International Airport take the
A4 motorway heading towards Vienna, then continue on the
southbound A23 (follow signs for Graz),
then take the Altmannsdorf exit and follow the signs for "Schloss Schönbrunn"
Arriving on the A2 motorway follow signs for the city centre, take the
Altmannsdorf exit and follow the signs for "Schloss Schönbrunn"
Arriving on the A1 motorway follow signs for the city centre which will take you directly to
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47
Map of Vienna

Arriving by train
Journey time approximately 15 minutes from the Westbahnhof (western railway terminal)
Take the westbound tram line No. 58
and alight at Schönbrunn
Journey time aproximately 30 minutes from the Südbahnhof (southern railway terminal)
Take the northbound D tram to Karlsplatz, then change to the westbound
U4 (green) underground line
and disembark at Schönbrunn

Arriving by air
Journey time approximately 60 minutes from Vienna International Airport by public transport
By metropolitan railway ("Schnellbahn")
Take the S7 line to Wien Mitte, then change to the westbound
U4 (green) underground line
and alight at Schönbrunn

By airport bus
At the Wien Mitte terminus change to the westbound
U4 (green) underground line
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For opening hours and contact information about the following attractions & services please click here

The Privy Garden
The Palm House at Schönbrunn
The Desert Experience House
The Maze and Labyrinth
Gloriette: Viewing terrace
Café Gloriette
Gasthaus Tirolergarten
Schönbrunn Zoo
Café Restaurant Kaiserpavillon
Wagenburg (Carriage Museum)
Marionettes Theatre
The Palace Theatre
Palace Chapel
Schloss Buffet
Café Meierei
Schönbrunner Stöckl
Café Restaurant Residenz
Fountains - Hours of operation

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

At the Hofburg

Sisi´s verses

The poetic diary of Empress Elisabeth
"My soul - a lake it is unfathomably deep,
which I conceal and often cannot comprehend ..."

The poems of her diary criticize the Imperial Court, the aristocracy and the Austrian monarchy. Listen to the unsparing and provocative statements of the Empress about life and behaviour of the Habsburgs, which she entrustet to her poetic diary only.
While walking through the Vienna Hofburg the actresses Elisabeth-Joe Harriet or Christina Bahlo tell about Sisi and recite parts of the Poetric Diary of Empress Elisabeth. These verses will give you an authentic impression of this fascinating woman´s life.
After the walk you will enjoy coffee and cake at the world famous Vienna Patisserie Demel.

Duration: approx. 2,5 hours
For groups only!
For reservation call: +43 (0) 664 / 301 16 74



Why is it no longer possible to enter the park via the main entrance of the palace, as its architect intended?
The closure of the central axis of the palace, which was accompanied by the roofing-over of the courtyards in the lateral wings, was carried out exclusively for reasons of conservation. Analysis of the results of intensive research into the climatic conditions in the palace revealed that the extremely strong cross-draughts created by the formerly open archways underneath the palace had been responsible for the serious damage to the fabric of the state rooms (and not, as had been previously assumed, the numbers of visitors). The extreme variations in temperature had damaged the textile fittings (silk wall-hangings), the precious wooden panelling (Vieux-Laque Room and Millions Room) and the furniture, to give only a few examples.
At the same time the permanent draughts had also introduced moisture into the rooms which also caused serious damage.
This is one of the reasons why Maria Theresa's Great Bed of State in the East Wing has been hermetically sealed and can only be viewed through a glass tunnel. It would not otherwise be possible to preserve the uniquely valuable velvet fabric with its gold embroidery.
Measures such as these are unfortunately imperative if we are to achieve our primary objective of preserving the palace for future generations. Naturally we hope that our visitors will understand and appreciate the necessity of these measures.

Where can I obtain books about Empress Elisabeth?
Books about Empress Elisabeth can be obtained from any good bookshop:
HAMANN Brigitte, "Elisabeth. Kaiserin wider Willen", Verlag Serie Piper
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Opening hours
The state rooms of the palace are open all the year round.
1st April to 30th June 8.30 am - 5 pm
1st July to 31st August 8.30 am - 6 pm
1st September to 31st October 8.30 am - 5 pm
1st November to 31st March 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

You can choose between the following tours of the palace.
Imperial Tour (22 state rooms with audioguide)
Grand Tour (40 state rooms with audioguide)
Children's Tours (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 2.30 pm)
Tours for school classes (Monday to Friday: 9.00 am, 9.30 am, 11.00 am and 11.15 am)
Schönbrunn Pass Classic (1st April to 2nd November 2006)
Schönbrunn Pass Gold
Sisi Ticket
Special tours and evening tours (by prior arrangement only)


Visitors are provided with a free audioguide which is available in several languages. Should no audioguide currently be available visitors will be provided with a written description of the tour. The audioguides are distributed after the turnstiles. They are available in the following languages:
German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Hungarian.
The written description of the tour is additionally available in Dutch, Serbo-Croat, Mandarin

Written descriptions for download (PDF)

Special tours and evening tours (by arrangement)


Hello there! (link to this page

Welcome to our children's page. Here you can learn something about Empress Maria Theresa, her husband Franz Stephan of Lorraine and their sixteen children: how they lived, which rooms the imperial family occupied at Schönbrunn, what they liked and also what they really didn't like doing. And of course there’s also a lot about the most famous emperor and empress, Franz Joseph and Elisabeth.

The virtual tour for children
you can go on here includes all the rooms you would see on a real children's tour of the palace. But we're sorry we can't offer you the big surprise that comes at the end of the tour via computer - you'll have to come on a real tour of Schönbrunn Palace or the Vienna Hofburg yourself if you want to dress up in imperial finery!

Have a great time looking through the children's pages. At the end you'll find a quiz:
try it and see how much you remember!

If you get all the answers right you can print out your own personal certificate.


Schönbrunn Academy

Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. has demonstrated since its inception that innovative management, audience-focused marketing and curatorial competence only lead to the creation of profitable synergies in a context of international information exchange and expert staff training. The company is an expert in the field of contemporary and future-orientated management of cultural heritage. Schönbrunn Academy has been established to enable know-how and experience in the field to be transmitted at international level.

European Cultural Heritage Organisations Network

The network was founded to foster Europe-wide co-operation between historic houses, palaces, castles, museums, other cultural and heritage organisations as well as universities.

Further information may be obtained from:
Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.
Schloß Schönbrunn
A-1130 Wien
Tel.: +43-1-81113-0
Fax: +43-1-8121106

Venue hire

Event Services

Special and evening tours

Other events venues at Schönbrunn:
Weddings in Schönbrunn:
Schönbrunn Orangery:
Café Gloriette:
Schönbrunn Zoo:
Schönbrunn Puppet Theatre:
Café-Restaurant Residenz: