Schonbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria
The Schoenbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence in Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s, it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
Palace Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm
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Schloss Belvedere Palace
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The extensive Belvedere complex consists of two magnificent Baroque palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings in a stunning Baroque park landscape in Vienna’s 3rd district, south-east of the city center. It houses the Belvedere museum. Palace Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm.
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Sight seeing and cycling the Ringstraße
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Meeting point for bike tour: 2:15 pm in front of the Vienna State Opera, departure: 2:30 pm, duration: approx. 3 hours, end: approx. 5:30 pm near the Vienna State Opera.
We arrived at Schorbrunn palace around 9 am and had a fantastic cup of Viennese coffee at the palace café near the palace entrance before entering the castle to start our tour.
The palace opens at 8:30 am. The first guided English tour for the ‘Grand Tour” started at 11:00 am and cost € 12,90 (USD 16.58). You need to be mindful of tour start times because if you’re not, it has the potential of throwing-off your whole day’s schedule and itinerary.
Case in point, the line to buy tickets was long, and we barely made the 11 am English tour start time. The second English tour started at 2 pm, which means we would have missed visiting Belvedere Art Museum if we did not make the 11:00 am tour. Not a real show stopper, just more of a disappointment if we had missed the art museum.
You have the choice of taking a self-guided tour or a guided tour. During our guided tour, some people taking the self-guided tour decided to freeload and leach onto the guided tour. Our English tour guide politely reminded the leaches that this was a paid private tour and to “get lost” or buy a guided tour and not be a cheapskate. A few of the leaches got red-faced and ran away.
Our English-speaking tour guide was excellent with a healthy loud, clear voice. I would recommend purchasing a guided tour. It makes a world of difference in the enjoyment you get from visiting such a spectacular place. The recording devices just aren’t the same as a real live guide.