Schloss Schönbrunn | © Wien Tourismus | Manfred Horvath
Giant panda Tiergarten Schönbrunn zoo | © Norbert Potensky
Nightlife | © Wien Tourismus
An Imperial take on the capital.

Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna’s No.1 attraction

The Parkhotel Schönbrunn is just a short walk from Schönbrunn Palace – one of Vienna’s outstanding cultural attractions thanks to its magnificent architecture and splendid imperial state rooms. This impressive Baroque palace served as the summer residence of the Austrian imperial court for almost two centuries. With neighbours like this, it is easy to immerse yourself in the cultural treasures of centuries gone by, whilst also enjoying the unique charms that contemporary Vienna has to offer.
Palm house  | © Österreich Werbung | Peter Burgstaller

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace and its spacious gardens have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. With its unique architecture and stately halls, the baroque palace was the summer residence of the Austrian emperors for almost 200 years. Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world flock to the castle grounds to admire Schönbrunn’s grand architecture and historic atmosphere.

You’re planning a visit to Schönbrunn Palace? Visit their official website on schoenbrunn.at for more detailed information on opening times and tours!

Schönbrunn castle grounds – the most beautiful spots

Schönbrunn is not just famous for its splendid imperial palace. There are many more attractions to explore during a visit of the spacious castle grounds! In addition to countless fountains and gardens, you should definitely explore the following highlights on your visit to Schönbrunn Palace:  

  • Gloriette: The Gloriette in the palace gardens is a popular vantage point with splendid views of the palace and Vienna. 
  • Palm House: Opened in 1882, the Palm House is the last and largest of its kind in Europe. 
  • Orangery: Built in 1754, the orangery is one of the two largest orangeries in Europe, the other being at Versailles.
  • Zoo: Schönbrunn Zoo is the world’s oldest continuously existing zoo. Opened in 1752, it used to be an imperial menagerie before it was opened to the general public in 1778.
  • U4: Only a stone’s throw from Schönbrunn, you can find one of Vienna’s most legendary event locations. Situated right beside the underground line of the same name, the venue was popular with regulars such as legendary Austrian singer Falco and international stars like Kurt Cobain, who used to play at the U4 with his band Nirvana before their big breakthrough. With its great events and nearby restaurants and shops in the posh district of Hietzing, the U4 is well worth a visit.

Opening hours of Schönbrunn Gardens:

October 29, 2017 - February 25, 2018: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
February 26 - March 24, 2018: 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
March 25 - May 6, 2018: 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
May 7 - August 12, 2018: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
August 13 - September 16, 2018: 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
September 17 - October 27, 2018: 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
October 28 - February 24, 2019: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

Naschmarkt | © WienTourismus | Peter Rigaud

More sights & attractions in Vienna

You’re looking for even more sights to explore on your city trip to Vienna? Apart from Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful gardens, Austria’s capital has many more world-famous attractions for you in store!

  • St. Stephens Cathedral: Building works on the 137 m cathedral started in 1137. Today, it is known as one of the world’s ten highest churches. 
  • Rathausplatz: The famous city square is the picturesque setting for many events throughout the year, among them the famous Lifeball, Christmas market and bike festival.
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum: Vienna’s renowned art museum awaits you with some of the world’s most awe-inspiring art treasures. 
  • Belvedere: The Belvedere comprises the Lower Belvedere, which used to be the summer residence of Prince Eugene, and the Upper Belvedere complex built between 1721 and 1724. Today, the palace houses art exhibitions from the likes of Gustav Klimt.
  • Naschmarkt: With its delicacies and spices from all over the world, Vienna’s most famous market is a hotspot for gourmets and foodies.

You can’t wait to explore Schönbrunn and Vienna’s other top attractions? Then the only thing missing is your perfect city hotel! Book your city getaway at Parkhotel Schönbrunn now!

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Runner's Guide

Discover our surroundings with the Austria Trend Runner's Guide. Here you can download routes of varying difficulty directly to your smartphone or download them as a PDF file and use them for free.

Route A - for Beginners

2,9 km (approx. 18 min)
A short running route with many sights to see:
Great Parterre - Naiad Fountains - Rosarium


Through the Hietzinger Tor into the park at Schönbrunn Palace, along the avenue Finstere Allee over the Great Parterre in front of Schönbrunn Palace with view on the Palace and Neptune Fountain as well as Gloriette. The way back along the avenue Lindenallee, past the Naiad Fountains as well as the Rosarium and the Hietzinger Tor.
Please note the opening hours of the park at Schönbrunn Palace!

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Route B - Easy Jogging

3,8 km (approx. 25 min)
Easy uphill jogging up to the Small Gloriette: Great Parterre - Obelisk Fountain - Small Gloriette - Neptune Fountain

Through the Hietzinger Tor into the park at Schönbrunn Palace, along the avenue Finstere Allee over the Great Parterre in front of Schönbrunn Palace with view on the Palace and Neptune Fountain as well as Gloriette. Past the Obelisk Fountain uphill to the Small Gloriette. The way back downhill to the Neptune Fountain and along the avenue Rustenallee next to the zoo, past the Palm House as well as the Rosarium and the Hietzinger Tor.
Please note the opening hours of the park at Schönbrunn Palace!

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Route C - Training with Sightseeing

4,3 km (approx. 30 min)
Running training on a varied route: Great Parterre - Obelisk Fountain - Gloriette - Small Gloriette - Neptune Fountain


Through the Hietzinger Tor into the park at Schönbrunn Palace, along the avenue Lichte Allee over the Great Parterre in front of Schönbrunn Palace with view on the Palace and Neptune Fountain as well as Gloriette. Past the Obelisk Fountain uphill to the Gloriette. From there on to the Small Gloriette and the way back downhill to the Neptune Fountain, along the avenue Rustenallee next to the zoo, past the Palm House as well as the Rosarium and the Hietzinger Tor.
Please note the opening hours of the park at Schönbrunn Palace!

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