Private Walking Tour of Schönbrunn Palace, Gardens and Christmas Market
Step into a winter wonderland for a tour of the palatial Baroque architectural masterpiece of Schönbrunn Palace, created as an imperial hunting lodge for Crown Prince Joseph. On your private tour of Schönbrunn Palace, you will:
- Enjoy skip-the-line tickets on the Grand Tour, which gives you access to over 40 rooms.
- Explore the elegant State Rooms of the Imperial Monarchy
- Visit the private apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Sisi, while your guide gives you the historical context to their lives
- See the richly gold decorated Great Gallery, and explore the apartments of Maria Theresa, the only female Habsburg ruler.
- Explore the spectacularly manicured gardens, which continue to look majestic even in winter.
- Finish at the charming Christmas Market. Your local guide will help you navigate through tastings and traditions, before leaving you to explore at your own leisure.
Your private tour starts with the best of the imperial experience including experiencing what life would have been like as a guest of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth. Your guide will take you through the best of the Rococo state rooms in the palace, and the 22 rooms the emperor’s family occupied, and see the wide variety of furnishings and styles enjoyed by the royal family.
As you walk through the Great Gallery, your guide will show you the best of its antiquities, including the Chinese Cabinets, and the magnificent Hall of Ceremonies. Your tour continues into the part of the castle where the Hapsburgs’ only female ruler, Maria Theresa, lived in the 18th century. You’ll see the Blue Chinese Salon, the tapestry-draped Gobelin Salon, the Porcelain Room, and many others.
After, exploring the best of the wintry gardens, your guide will take you through the traditional Christmas Market on the palace grounds, where you will be shown the best traditions, crafts, and bites to enjoy before your guide departs from you.
Please note this tour only runs while the Schönbrunn Palace Christmas market is open, from November 20th through January 4th.