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Desert House - Schönbrunn

  • Unusual animals and plants from all of the deserts of the world
  • Spectacular naked mole rat burrow with around 50 animals and more than 70 linear metres of tunnels
  • Desert animals from nibble fish to rattle snakes
  • Cuttings from the world’s oldest pot plant
  • Living fossils such as bearded lizards and Welwitschia mirabilis
  • Themed route looking at how life adapts to extreme desert habitats
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Desert House - Schönbrunn
Adult € 8,00
Child € 6,00

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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.

Ticket- Details 

Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.

A zoo ticket is valid for one admission within a year of the purchase date.

Please note

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.

Opening 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

Further information 

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.

Zoo Vienna
Im Schlosspark Schönbrunn
1130 Vienna
Getting there

Public transport
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 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.

By car
A limited number of 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.

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