The magnificent Schönbrunn Palace was used as the summer residence of the Hapsburgs from the 18th century onwards. Set amongst superb gardens this vast, symmetrical structure is everything you would imagine an imperial palace to be. A tour of the palace offers visitors the chance to view the superb assortment of Baroque and Rococo State Rooms and to admire the famous ceiling frescoes of the Great Gallery and the Hall of Mirrors where Mozart once played. The vast gardens are popular with locals and tourists alike, and include a zoo, a maze and labyrinth, the Privy garden, and the Gloriette with viewing terrace. Also within the grounds, the Orangery plays host to classical concerts during the summer season.
Address: Schönbrunner Schloss Strasse 13
Telephone: (0)1 8111 3239
Transport: U4 to Schönbrunn station, trams 10 or 58, bus 10A
Opening times: Palace: daily 8:30am to 5pm (April to June, September, October); 8:30am to 6pm (July, August); 8:30am to 4:30pm (November to March). Park: daily at 6am (6:30am from November to March), closing times vary according to the season, between 5:30pm and 9pm.
Admission: Grand Tour: €15.50 (adults), €11 (children 6-18). Various other tour options available.