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What you should know about Schonbrunn

Vienna's Schonbrunn recivesd its name from the “beautiful spring” tinkling in its grounds, and for 2 centuries this palatial summer-home of the Hapsburg emperors was indeed the font of supreme power for half a continent. Even today the districts surrounding the Schonbrunn Schloss take their cue from this imperious palace and its 300-acre gardens. There are elegant Biedermeir villas, well-to-do coffee houses, and high-class dining in next-door Hietzing, while the forested foothills of the Alps are echoed in its ranging wooded gardens.

Hotels in Schonbrunn


For all the glory of the neighboring palace, you'll find hotel rates in Schonbrunn surprisingly inexpensive. The historic Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn opposite the Schloss, which once entertained the Emperor's guest, is a 4-star hotel that's much praised for its refined elegance, fantastic location, and affordability. A more modern experience can be had at the Star Inn Hotel Wien Schonbrunn, a large contemporary hotel just 2 metro stops from the palace. A little further towards Mariahilf is the Hotel Fabrik, a comfortable mid-range hotel in Schonbrunn noted for its modern facilities, restaurant, and quiet central courtyard.

Things to see in Schonbrunn


The grounds and palace of the Schonbrunn Schloss have plenty of first-rate attractions to keep visitors to this neighborhood fully occupied. The starting point is the palace itself. Raised up over the course of centuries, 40 of its 1,400 rooms are open to visitors. Among them are the “Mirror Hall,” where Mozart performed as a boy, the “Napoleon Room,” where Bonaparte allegedly stayed, and the so-called “Millions Room,” named after the expense lavished on its opulent decor. The Schloss is also home to the Wagenburg, a carriage museum packed with glittering royal carriages. There's no end to the splendor outside either, with the Schlosspark's fantastic sculptures and grandiose follies set among acres of formal French (and rambling English) gardens. Here you'll also find the Tiergarten Schonbrunn, reckoned to be the oldest zoo in the world, and respected today for its conservation efforts, particularly with Giant Pandas.

Good for couples and lovers of history


With the backdrop of an imperial palace set in elegant gardens, few places in Vienna are as suited to a romantic stroll as Schonbrunn. Here you can explore staterooms that entertained royalty from across Europe, see the gilded carriages of Emperors, and hear stories of the tragic Empress Sissi. A stay at a luxury hotel in Schonbrunn provides plenty else to enchant though, especially in Hietzing's first-rate restaurants and boutique shops. There are also historical attractions to explore outside of the gilded rooms of the Schloss—including Klimt's villa, the Friedhof Hietzinger Cemetery, and Hermesvilla, the Emperor's hunting lodge.

How to get to Schonbrunn


If you're coming into Vienna at its International Airport, the S-Bahn S-7 train service is the simplest way to travel to Schonbrunn. Once you arrive at Wien Mitte, change onto the U4 metro line. You can then get off at either the Laengenfeldgasse, Hietzing or Schonbrunn stops (depending on your hotel's location) the whole journey taking 40 minutes or so. Hiring a car is another option for this outer suburb, as many hotels in Schonbrunn have car parking, but this isn't an easy way to travel around Vienna itself. Instead the metro and tram lines provide excellent connections to most of the city's top attractions.

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