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Gilded Ambition: a Tour of Schönbrunn Palace (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

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Vienna, Austria

Valid for Travel Now Through: 02 Feb 2021

Gilded Ambition: a Tour of Schönbrunn Palace (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Vienna, Austria

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the famous Habsburgs dynasty, is Austria’s most popular site—and for good reason. The spectacular, sprawling structure houses almost 1500 rooms and has an extensive area open to the public.

The palace was built at the end of the 17th century by Emperor Leopold I on the site of an old imperial château. Along with its glorious gardens, Schönbrunn provides a unique insight into the lives and loves of a long line of Habsburg monarchs. In the early 18th century, the palace became a focus of court life under the eccentric command of Maria Theresa.

In the company of a local expert, we’ll explore the magic of the summer palace and delve into the hidden narratives of its gilded details and ornate furnishings. We’ll look at ancient artwork and painstakingly preserved interiors, sparking discussions of the complex and interwoven history of the Habsburg Monarchy, and its far-reaching imperial legacy.

At the end of our time together, we’ll have a deeper understanding of how one family came to garner such wide geo-political influence, and how this history has an influence that is visible in Vienna even today. After the walk there is the opportunity, weather and time permitting, to explore the extensive palace gardens independently.

About Us

Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
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