10 Palaces in Vienna You Must Visit For A Historical Day Tour
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Vienna Palaces

1. Schonbrunn Palace
2. Hofburg Imperial Palace
3. Belvedere Palace
4. Schloss Hetzendorf
5. Palais Harrach
6. Palais Auersperg
Palace Of Justice
Palais Schwarzenberg
Palais Lobkowitz
Coburg Palace

The capital city of Austria is an exquisite tourist destination which is quite popular for its range of Palaces in Vienna, each of which is an amazing piece of architecture. If you want to marvel at one of the palaces which has existed from the late 1600s, you can visit Palais Schwarzenberg. You can headout to Palais Lobkowitz, a culturally significant place which was the first place to enjoy Beethoven’s third symphony, as it was performed in this Palace privately.

If you are interested in visiting a palace which has a musical history, you can explore Palais Auersperg. It is associated with Mozart's opera performance of Idomeneo and currently hosts some of the most extravagant music concerts. One can also visit the Palace Of Justice where the guests will be able to see a magnificent statue of a female figure, holding a golden sword representing justice.

Here are some of the best Palaces in Vienna:

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Schonbrunn Palace

  • The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the finest palaces in Vienna that stands out for its rich history, glorious prestige and enormous gardens.
  • It became the residence of the Habsburgs after being transformed from a hunting lodge and is currently a designated UNESCO Heritage site.
  • This Palace is Austria’s most widely visited tourist location that houses an enormous art collection, including antiques like Queen Maria Theresia’s Golden Carousel Carriage and Napoleon’s son’s Child Phaeton.

Location: Schonbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria 

 Remains open from 8.30 am to 5 pm everyday. 

 Starts from 22 Euro.

Hofburg Imperial Palace

  • Another major part of the palaces in Vienna is the Hofburg Imperial Palace, which was initially built as an archaic Castle in the 13th century.
  • Spread over an area of 59 acres, this Castle is divided into several segments like - 18 groups of buildings, nineteen courtyards, and a staggering 2,600 rooms and currently hosts almost 5000 people. 
  • This location has been the residence of the Habsburgs and the Austrian royal family.

Location: 1010 Vienna, Austria and ticket prices start from 16 euros.

 From 8 am to 6 pm, everyday.

 Starts from 22 Euro.

Belvedere Palace

  • The Belvedere Palace is one of the most majestic palaces in Vienna which was built and designed for Prince Eugene of Savoy by eminent architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt.
  • The palace is divided into two parts, the Lower Belvedere and the Upper Belvedere, which are connected by a shared garden, which is the oldest Alpine garden of Europe.
  • The Belvedere Castle hosts the Belvedere Museum which is home to the largest Gustav Klimt artwork collection.

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria 

 Remains open from 10 am to 6 pm. 

Lower Belvedere - approx 15 euro the Upper Belvedere - 17 euro approx
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Schloss Hetzendorf

  • Located in Meidling in Vienna, the Hetzendorf Palace is a hidden treasure that was originally owned by the Habsburgs.
  • Renovated by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, this former hunting lodge was later extended by Queen Maria Theresa for her mother, Queen Elizabeth Pristine  in 1743.
  • This is also one of the best palaces in Vienna the credits of which goes to its immense historical significance. Many events like the death of Queen Maria Carolina of Naples in 1814 and  Archduchess Maria Anna, daughter of Emperor Francis II in 1858 took place here only.

Location: Hetzendorfer Str. 79, 1120 Wien, Austria 

Remains open from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm (Monday - Tuesday). 

Starts from one euro.

Palais Harrach

  • This marvellous architecture piece is one of the best palaces in Vienna which was built on the ruins of another fire burnt construction after being bought by Count Harrach.
  • This palace was built by two of the most eminent architects of that time, Christian Alexander Oedtl and Domenico Martinelli.
  • This site is now home to department stores and offices.
  • It is said that Mozart and his sister Nannerl performed here for Count Ferdinand on their visit to Vienna in 1762. 
  • The Red Gallery inside the palace, which is crowned with a stunning ceiling painting, and the Marble Room, which are decorated with gold boiseries, still offer opulent settings for events.

Location: Freyung 3, Vienna 1010 Austria. 

 Approx 40 Euro

Palais Auersperg

  • Built by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in the early 1800s, the Palais Auersperg is one of the best palaces in Vienna.
  • Prominent personalities like Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth and later Austrian freedom fighters of the WWII have graced the halls with their presences.
  • This historical monument is presently used for hosting events, concerts, galas and functions. It has huge rooms and is capable of hosting nearly 1000 guests.

Location: Auerspergstraße 1, 1080 Vienna 

 Remains open from 9 am to 5 pm (Monday - Friday).

Start from 44 Euro per person.

Palace Of Justice

  • The Palace of Justice hosts some of the most important legal offices and various courts of the country, including the Supreme Court of Austria.
  • The stunning Renaissance style architecture adorned with elegant interiors makes it one of the famous palaces in Vienna.
  • Visitors can also grab a bite at the in house cafe situated on the 5th floor of the Palace while enjoying the picturesque views from above.

Location: Schmerlingpl. 10-11, 1010 Wien, Austria 

 Remains open from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm (Monday - Friday). 

 Free entry

Palais Schwarzenberg

  • Mark your visit to Palais Schwarzenberg, one of the famous palaces in Vienna which is primarily known for its Baroque presentation, marble gallery and magnificent gardens.
  • The Palais Schwarzenberg was built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt for the Prince of Fondi and Count Heinrich Franz of Mansfield, however, it was later purchased by the influential Schwarzenberg family. 
  • A beautiful garden, a riding school and an orangery was added to the property by another architect named Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 5, 1030 Wien, Austria 

Remains open the whole day for visitors. 

Starts from 2 euros

Palais Lobkowitz

  • The Palais Lobkowitz was owned by the Lobkowitz family for almost 200 years but currently it is owned by the State and is one of the top places in Vienna.
  • It was a very culturally significant place back in the day due to the presence of the National Theatre Museum inside the building.
  • In here, you’ll find a great collection of paintings by different artists like Brueghel, Canaletto, Velazquez, ceramics spanning five centuries; and an exceptional collection of arms and armour.

1010 Vienna, Austria 

 Operates between 10 am to 6 pm,everyday. 

Start from 6 Euro.

Coburg Palace

  • The Coburg Palace is one of the top palaces in Vienna that is an architectural marvel which was built on the former defence wall of the emperor's city.
  • Currently, this tourist site functions as a home to a 5 star hotel named Palais Coburg Hotel that offers culture and luxury comfort to its guests in elegant ambiance.
  • Previously, it was owned by the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and was built between 1840 to 1845 by Prince Ferdinand of Saxe Coburg and Gotha.

Location: Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Wien, Austria.

People Also Ask About Vienna

  1. Which are the best palaces in Vienna?

    1. The Schonbrunn Palace
    2. Belvedere Palace
    3. Imperial Palace
    4. Auersperg Palace
    5. Coburg Palace
  2. Which is the most popular palace in Vienna?

    The Schönbrunn Palace is among the most popular palaces in Vienna. Guests visit this location to witness the royal Rococo style of architecture of this palace where Mozart performed when he was 6 years old.
  3. How much time do you need to explore Schonbrunn Palace?

    It takes guests 2 - 3 hours to explore the SchönbrunnPalace extensively. This time includes observing all the rooms, the gardens and exhibits of the venue thoroughly. For a more detailed exploration of the Palace, guests can also opt for guided tours.
  4. What is so special about Vienna?

    Vienna is well known around the world for its classic architecture, prestigious museums and iconic Palaces belonging to eminent personalities from the past. Some of the best palaces in Vienna are Palais Harrach, Palais Auersperg, Palace Of Justice and Rudolf Steiner School Potzleinsdorf.
  5. What is the best time to visit Vienna?

    The best time to visit Vienna is between the months of January to March. During these months, the crowd remains relatively low allowing the tourists to move around freely at their own pace. You can also avail cheaper hotel rates and low airfares this time of the year.
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