Schoenbrunn Palace and Schoenbrunn Zoo
A winter stroll with a guaranteed thrill
One of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and the world's oldest zoo: it is no wonder that Schoenbrunn is one of the most popular tourist attractions for visitors from around the world. Explore the former imperial palace, the enormous palace park and the animal world.
Schoenbrunn Zoo – the world's oldest zoo
The Schoenbrunn Zoo is unquestionably one of Europe's most beautiful zoos. With more than 480 species and a total of 4,600 animals, you can be sure you'll spend interesting, instructive and entertaining hours here. Many of the animals can be seen outdoors even in winter, while others are kept in one of the various themed houses:
- the House of Aquariums and Terrariums
- Rain Forest House
- Desert House
- Polar House
Opening hours at the Schoenbrunn Zoo
The zoo opens daily at 9:00 am and closes in winter (Nov – Jan) at 4:30 pm and at 5:00 pm from February on.
Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna in winter
Once located beyond the city gates of Vienna, the former Imperial Palace is now part of the heart of the ever expanding city. The entire complex is a UNESCO world heritage site, which is not surprising given its ornate halls and rooms. Its sprawling garden and Gloriette are a must-see. Access to the palace gardens is free of charge during opening hours.
The Schoebrunn Winter Pass is a special highlight. The Pass is available from the Palace and the Zoo and provides entry to the palace with an audio guide, without having to wait in line.
Winter magic at the Hotel Stefanie
Experience the Schoenbrunn Zoo, the palace gardens and of course the palace itself on a winter trip to Vienna. It is a truly special experience to see the centuries-old complex in winter. At Vienna's oldest hotel, the Hotel Stefanie, you have found your perfect accommodation choice in the city centre. Book directly online and explore Schoenbrunn Palace and the Schoenbrunn Zoo in winter.