On the ground floor of the western wing at Schloss Schönbrunn, the palace's children's museum showcases imperialism. Activities and displays help kids learn about the day-to-day life of the Habsburg court, and they can don princely or princessly outfits and start ordering the serfs (parents) around. Other rooms devoted to toys, natural science and archaeology all help to keep them entertained.

Guided tours in German only depart at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm.

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1. Schloss Schönbrunn

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The Habsburgs' opulent summer palace is now a Unesco World Heritage site. Of its 1441 rooms, 40 are open to the public; the Imperial Tour takes you into…

2. Wagenburg


The delightful Wagenburg displays carriages ranging from tiny children’s wagons up to sumptuous vehicles of state, but nothing can compete with Emperor…

3. Schloss Schönbrunn Gardens

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Within the sprawling, partially forested Schlosspark, the beautifully tended formal gardens of the palace, arranged in the French style, are a symphony of…

4. Kronprinzengarten

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With its ornate parterres, octagonal pools and pergolas, the Kronprinzengarten at Schloss Schönbrunn is a replica of the original baroque garden created…

5. Neptunbrunnen

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A riotous ensemble from Greek mythology, this extraordinary garden folly at Schloss Schönbrunn was commissioned by Maria Theresia in the 1770s. Neptune,…

6. Schöner Brunnen


The original Schöner Brunnen fountain, from which Schloss Schönbrunn gained its name, now pours through the stone pitcher of a nymph near the Roman ruins.

7. Roman Ruins

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Sitting at the foot of Schönbrunn hill, these quaintly artificial Roman ruins, with their arches, friezes and busts, were created as a folly in the…

8. Palmenhaus

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Built in 1882 by Franz Segenschmid as a replica of the greenhouse in London’s Kew Gardens, the 2500-sq-m Palmenhaus was the world's largest of its kind…