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Small-Group Schönbrunn Palace Half-Day Tour with a Historian Guide

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Go beyond what meets the eye on this 3-hour tour of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, led by a historian guide. Together with your small group limited to six people, you'll explore around 40 of the palace’s most extravagant rooms. Gain a better understanding of the significance of the palace as your guide walks you through its history, and learn about royals such as Franz Joseph who have called it home. Plus, visit the room where Mozart once performed, and see a secretaire previously owned by Marie Antoinette.
  • 3-hour tour of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, led by a historian guide
  • Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
  • See the music room where six-year-old Mozart performed before royalty
  • Choose between a 10am or 2pm departure time
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Schönbrunn Palace & Park ticket - Individual: 20 EUR and Students (19-25) 18 EUR
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Schönbrunn , Schönbrunn, Wien, Austria

Starting Location: Schönbrunn has a special new attraction that makes a great meeting point for you and your guide. A miniature scale model of the palace complex is situated just by the main gates opposite the new Visitor Centre. Please meet your guide right at the scale model. It is impossible to miss. PLEASE NOTE: It is ESSENTIAL TO BE ON TIME for your reserved tour at Schönbrunn since the palace give us time slots and can refuse late entry, Your guide may also need to start the tour for other clients and often cannot delay. Our meeting place at the miniature scale model of the palace is easy to find but leave yourself extra time as a precaution. We want to protect your tour so thanks for coming on time!

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide and small group at Schönbrunn Palace a little before your chosen departure time. Please note that palace admission isn't included in the tour price, but your guide will assist you in the purchasing of your entrance ticket.

Follow your guide on a journey back in time as you dive deep into the rich history of the former imperial summer residence. First, stroll through the formal gardens, and catch a glimpse of the Gloriette, an arch on top of a hill overlooking Vienna’s forests. Then, become more familiar with Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth (also known as Sisi) as you head over to the Rococo state rooms of the palace. Visit the Great Gallery, the Yellow Salon, and Franz Joseph’s private suite.

Next up, learn about Empress Maria Theresa as you enter some of the rooms she loved to spend her time in. Admire the extravagance of the Hall of Ceromonies, the Gobelin Salon, and the Feketin Room. Stop in Maria Theresa's music room, where Mozart performed at six years old.

Your tour concludes inside the palace after three hours, leaving you free to spend the rest of your day as you wish.
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, in addition to functioning as the summer residence of a reigning family counting not less than 16 children! Several of this teaming brood of young royals did not survive to adulthood but the palace preserves the memory of their infancy, childhood summer activities, illnesses and early loss.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Schonbrunn Palace
Generations of Habsburg rulers put their stamp on Schönbrunn. The Franz-Joseph & Elisabeth Apartments tell the story of a couple torn apart by the burdens of state. In 1854, Emperor Franz Joseph married the Bavarian princess Elizabeth (known better under the affectionate nickname Sisi) who despised the rituals of court life and the ornate environment of the summer palace. Visiting one lavish room after another gives us an ample sense of the opulence which country-reared Sisi fled: 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: antiquated Indo-Persian miniatures with rococo-frames, wall hangings manufactured of carved rosewood from the Antilles make the “Millions chamber” one of the most accomplished combinations of Oriental and European decorative art from the Rococo era.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Your guide will help you to purchase your Schönbrunn Palace & Park entrance tickets
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Insight Cities
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Very good tour guide
, Nov 2021
We decided at the last minute to got to Vienna for a weekend and we managed to find tickets for the castle through Viator. Our tour guide Caterina was amazing!! Super recommended
Great tour
, Oct 2021
Thx Katerina for sharing all your knowledge. Keeping two teenagers engaged is not an easy task and you managed to keep them entertained the whole tour.
Schönbrunn Palace Half-Day Tour
, Feb 2020
Our guide was Jean & he was extremely knowledgeable & informative. Despite the miserable rainy, cold weather we learned so much & had a wonderful experience.
Excellent your full of great history
, Oct 2019
There's absolutely no way we could have gotten anywhere near as great of an experience without Katerina. She took us around for three hours and explained the rooms and histories to us, including some random cool things like the mustach holder applied during sleep. I really cannot recommend this tour enough. Our tour guide also took some fantastic pictures for us, which was lovely
J David M
, Sep 2019
Our guide was excellent. There was some confusion however with who our guide was to be and confusion on our guide’s end with the information she received. Once we had it worked out though the guided tour was excellent .
A wonderful tour for historical buffs
Marcia D
, Aug 2019
Very informative and interesting tour of Schonbrunn Palace. One needs to truly appreciate historical details to fully enjoy the experience with a historical guide. The Palace is beautiful and filled with wonderful treasures.
Knowledge isn’t everything.
, Jul 2019
While our guide was very knowledgeable about the Hapsburgs and had many stories to make our viewing of the palace much more enlightening he could not overcome the logistics of the tour. The palace was overwhelmingly crowded, airless and overly warm. The swell of tourists all anxious to see and understand was just too much to make us ready to recommend this tour.
Great job!
, Jul 2019
Our tour guide, Suzanne, did an outstanding job. She was very informative, very personable and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Schönbrunn and Austria. Solicitous of our needs and answered all questions.
The historian guide was...
Dan P
, Apr 2018
The historian guide was knowledgeable, pleasant and had us take our time to appreciate the palace. The only thing I would change is the price of the tour on viator, it is way too expensive ! Admission to the palace is 17 Euro and if you rent the audio guide it doesn't equate to the price paid on viator. Otherwise it was a beautiful Palace not to be missed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fabulous tour guide. Ilse was an...
, Mar 2018
Fabulous tour guide. Ilse was an extraordinary wealth of knowledge.

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