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Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens Guided Tour

1. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens Guided Tour

Enjoy a captivating journey through time with this exclusive guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Step into the private world of Maria Theresa as we unlock the doors to her lavishly decorated apartments. Marvel at the opulence of the Great and Small Gallery, where ornate gold embellishments and breathtaking painted ceilings transport you to a bygone era of the regal grandeur. Discover the enchanting Carousel Rom and the majestic Hall of Ceremonies, adorned with masterful paintings that recount tales of the palace's illustrious history. As you traverse the halls, you'll be immersed in the rich tapestry of Vienna's imperial past. Venture outdoors to explore the imperial park and garden surrounding the palace. Stroll through the meticulously manicured landscapes, where the fragrance of blooming flowers infuses the air. Unwind amidst the serenity of this verdant oasis, once frequented by royalty. This tour is operated bilingually (German/English at the same time).

Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

2. Half-Day History Tour of Schönbrunn Palace

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.

Full-Day Private Trip From Prague to Vienna

3. Full-Day Private Trip From Prague to Vienna

Discover Vienna’s top highlights in just one day on this private, round-trip tour from Prague. Meet your guide in the morning directly at your Prague hotel, and set off in your private vehicle. After roughly 4 hours on the road, arrive in Vienna, and begin to explore. Explore the romantic city of Vienna, and admire its Gothic and Baroque architecture, on a full-day excursion from Prague. The Austrian capital, situated on the Danube River, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. When you arrive you’ll be given plenty of information about the city’s highlights, including Hofburg Palace (originally the seat of the noble Habsburg family), the Opera House, the City Hall-Rathaus, the Austrian Parliament, the Museum Quarter, the Albertina, the Palace Garden, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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4.9 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Our guide, Biljana, was terrific. We are lucky to have a small group of four, so our tour was more personal. Biljana took us through the Schonbrunn gardens and palace, all the while explaining the history of the Habsburg dynasty. She was very engaging and informative. The palace is jaw-dropping, both inside and out! A must see

Our wonderful guide, Katerina, made this a very personable tour through the palace. She set the historical context and gave us educated insights into the people, objects and rooms that we explored. What a terrific way to appreciate all that Schönbrunn represents! Kiddos to Katerina for taking such good care of us!

Excellent guide, Lena has managed to introduce us in the atmosphere of the royal family and shared some interesting facts that you will not find in the history books. Thank you Lena!