More than 35% of the planet’s landmass is accounted for by deserts, desert steppe and dry savannahs. The world’s largest desert is the Sahara. Covering more than 10.5 million km², it is around the same size as Europe. The Desert House goes beyond simply showing a selection of plants and animals found in arid environments. Committed to providing an educational experience, it looks at environmental conditions in extreme habitats that have driven unusual evolutionary changes in the organisms that live there, and explores the survival strategies employed by desert flora and fauna. Another of its focuses is on humans and the way that they adapt to desert landscapes and how humanity is involuntarily contributing to the creation of new deserts all over the world.
Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
A zoo ticket is valid for one admission within a year of the purchase date.
Children aged 13 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
Concessions available only on presentation of relevant identification. The Child and Young Persons tickets are valid for visitors aged 6-18.
Ticket office closing time and last admission is 30 minutes before the end of visiting hours.
The Schönbrunn Desert House is open 365 days a year!
January-April: 9 am - 5 pm
May-September 9 am - 6 pm
October-December 9 am - 5 pm
The Desert House is fully wheelchair accessible.
The Desert House garden, accessed via the Desert House, is open from May-September.
A public disabled toilet is available in the entrance area.
The following lines and routes have stops near Schönbrunn Zoo
U4 underground line: Hietzing station
Tram lines: 10, 58 and 60
Bus routes: 51A, 56A, 56B and 58A
The main Hietzing entrance is close to the Hietzing U4 underground station. For this entrance, enter the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace via the Hietzinger Tor gate and follow the path past the Palm House and the Desert House.
There is a free car park on Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg at the Tirolerhof entrance. This is about five minutes on foot from the Gloriette building in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, which is on the same elevation.
There is also an entrance to the zoo at the Neptune Fountain located within the palace grounds.
A limited number of free parking spaces are available at the Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg car park at the Tirolergarten entrance. There are also two park and ride sites only a few underground stations from the zoo.
With just one ticket, four imperial highlights - Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna Furniture Museum, Sisi Museum and Hof Palace - as well as four garden attractions in the Schönbrunn Palace Park.
Schönbrunn Zoo – the oldest zoo in the world and the best zoo in Europe.
Today the former imperial country residence (60 km outside Vienna) has become an atmospheric stage for an exciting voyage back in time to the fascinating world of the Baroque.