The former Habsburg summer residence, Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria which is also a Unesco World Heritage site. This baroque complex is surrounded by an enchanting park.
During the reign of Maria Theresa, as an imperial summer residence, Schönbrunn Palace became the glittering focus of court life. From this time on, it played host to the leading statesmen of Europe.
The name Schönbrunn means “beautiful spring”.
It has been a major tourist attraction since the mid-1950s, drawing millions of visitors each year.
You can spend an entire day at Schönbrunn: Of the palace’s 1441 rooms, 40 are open to the public; including the private apartments of Franz Josef and Sisi and the precious 18th-century interiors from the time of Maria-Theresia.
Or if you want to relax, the park at Schönbrunn Palace is opened to the public and is free of charge. The park at Schönbrunn Palace was opened to the public around 1779 and since then has provided a popular recreational amenity for the Viennese as well as being a focus of great cultural and historical interest for international visitors. The park gates are opened at 6.30 am.
In addition to tours and tour packages, many classical concerts featuring the music of Mozart and his contemporaries can be enjoyed.
The Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn, an annual outdoor concert in Vienna is held every year by the Vienna Philharmonic. Admission is free, no reservations required.
The ownership of the former court property passed on to the Republic of Austria at the end of the monarchy in 1918 and today is administered by a state owned company.