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Be careful! Palace and park are open till 9pm, then they closed gates and there are no signs, no information, no indications where to go, what to do! We and a lot of people were looking for exit like 1h going from one closed gate to another, in darkness, and finally find a little door at one of the corners, far away of the palace.
Having seen this palace in a classical concert video it was always a dream to visit it one day. It certainly didn’t disappoint, the whole experience was well presented from ticket purchase to a timed entry to view the various palace rooms. I would highly recommend a visit to the palace finishing with a leisurely stroll around the wonderful vast grounds and gardens, not forgetting the Vienna zoo which is located in the grounds.
The Palace and it’s grounds are immense! Make sure you spend the whole day there, we wished we had more time. You can buy tickets just for the bits that interest you. We bought tickets for the Zoo, labyrinth, playground and children’s museum. If you buy them online you can avoid the queues. The children’s museum is really interactive. My kids, aged 8 and 5, loved dressing up and learning about the imperial children.
Good place to spend a day, for young and old. Lots of different activities to enjoy, aside from the tour of the palace itself. There was a puppet show, a demonstration of making apple strudel, a zoo, a maze, beautiful grounds --- and a train to take you all around the grounds which they said was larger than the Principality of Monaco.
We bought the classic path which grants you entry to 5 things. Apparently those are not worth seeing and 2 were already opened without tickets anyway! Also, the orangery isn’t worth visiting IMO. I’d recommend the small tour or the long one without additional gardens. Safe your money for something else.
The lines of people- for entry into the cafe or waiting for your ' timed 'palace tour etc - but all worth it .The outdoor NEW YEAR markets ,with heaters around , were open but battered with the weather , a lot of mulled wine consumed 👏.It was a bone chilling , wet , windy January 2019 day but we all still came - walked to the hill top , lined in the rain for hours to sit in the cafe ... from arrival on the public transport system - efficient - but be prepared it's a big walk - it's a long day but do it !