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

Context Travel

Vienna, Austria

Valid for Travel Now Through: 30 Mar 2019

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

Vienna, Austria

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



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

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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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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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington