Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

4.9 / 5

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Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

From $85 per person

Enjoy a 2.5-hour tour of Schönbrunn Palace and its magnificent gardens with a historian as your guide. Admire the Rococo ambiance of the majestic palace and the Baroque landscape principles of interlaced nature and architecture in the gardens.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Schönbrunn's magnificent formal gardens designed on Baroque landscaping principles
  • See the Porcelain Room, which was the office of Maria Theresa
  • Marvel at the unique Rococo-era Millions Room
Full description
The astonishing High Baroque Schönbrunn Palace was built to rival Versailles. Begin your 2.5-hour guided tour with a walk through the magnificent formal gardens, based on the Baroque landscaping principle of interlaced nature and architecture. Approaching the Gloriette, a huge triumphal arch situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Vienna’s woods, your guide will tell you about the military victories that made Empress Maria Theresa’s reign (1740-1780) a highpoint in the Hapsburg Dynasty’s political and cultural dominance in Europe. The park was opened to the general public in 1779, a populist gesture that reveals Maria Theresa’s canny charm offensive. Indeed, it was under Maria Theresa’s direction that Schönbrunn Palace became the focal point of Austria’s imperial policy and the center of court life, in addition to functioning as the summer residence of a reigning family with 16 children! You’ll see that next generation of Hapsburg rulers also put their stamp on Schönbrunn. The Franz-Joseph and Elisabeth Apartments tell the story of a couple torn apart by the burdens of state. In 1854, Emperor Franz Joseph married the Bavarian princess known better under the affectionate nickname Sisi, who despised the rituals of court life and the ornate environment of the summer palace. She commissioned a spiral staircase leading from her official rooms to a private entry from which she could flee from the palace to the gardens. Visiting one lavish room after another will give you a sense of the opulence that the country girl Sisi fled. Marvel at the unique Millions Room that owes its name to its price. It features antique Indo-Persian miniatures in Rococo frames and wall hangings of carved rosewood from the Antilles that make the Millions Room one of the most accomplished combinations of Oriental and European decorative art from the Rococo era.
Includes
  • 2.5-hour guided tour with a historian guide
  • Schönbrunn Palace and Park entrance fee, which is €20 per person or €18 for students between 19 and 25 years old

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Please meet your guide at the miniature scale model of the palace complex, situated by the main gates opposite the new Visitor Center.

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  • Your guide will help you purchase your tickets.
  • Tour guides are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors.
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4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

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Suzanne was an excellent guide and educator, sharing her wealth of historical knowledge with us. My husband and I ended up being the only two guests, so we ultimately received a private tour. Even on a rainy day, Suzanne was upbeat and ready to share the beautiful palace and its history with us.

4 September 2019

A terrific experience thanks to my knowledgeable guide George.

For some reason I was the only one booked on the "group " tour so I had my guide George all to myself. We talked for over 3 hours and I was given an incredible insight into the lives ,origins and histories of the Habsburgs. The gorgeous house and gardens came alive for me and I will enjoy happy memories of it when I am back in an often grey and damp U.K.!!

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30 March 2017

Susan was absolutely an incredible tour guide

Susan provide incredible wealth of knowledge of the history of the hapsburgs and the history of the Austrian Hungarian Empire you won't be disappointed she brings this history to life

6 June 2019

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