Blue Danube Vienna River Cruise Dinner and Concert at the Schonbrunn Imperial Palace

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PreviousNovember 2025

Thanks to Johann Strauss's waltz "On the Beautiful Blue Danube", called the "Blue Danube waltz", this river is inextricably intertwined with Viennese music. This package gives you the opportunity to experience the Danube first-hand during a river cruise, followed by a delicious dinner. To round off a wonderful day, you will attend a concert of the Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra Vienna, which includes masterpieces by Johann Strauss.

The Danube River Cruise

During this river cruise, which lasts several hours, you will experience many Viennese sights from the water: Donauturm (Danube Tower), Millennium Tower, Ringturm (Ring Tower), Spittelau district heating plant, Urania observatory and much more. The ship belonging to DDSG shipping company leaves Schwedenplatz (downtown Vienna) at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. for a round trip, and returns to its place of departure at Schwedenplatz.
We recommend going on the cruise that departs at 2:00 p.m. and returns at 5:20 p.m. so that you won't have to rush to dinner.


Café-Restaurant Residenz is located in the former palace kitchen. This building located in the so-called Ehrenhof ("Court of Honor") is adjacent to the palace's main entrance. An elegant three-course candlelight dinner awaits you. In summer, dinner will be served in the cozy outside dining area.




Beef consommé
with sliced pancake
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“Tafelspitz” Viennese boiled beef His highness Franz Josef’s favourite
with cream spinach and roasted potatoes
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Handmade in our Imperial bakery Schönbrunn

Vegetarian dishes available upon request!

Beverages not included.


The concert takes place at the elaborately restored Schoenbrunn Palace Orangery, which is conveniently located and easily accessible via subway U4 (Schoenbrunn station). Being an adjacent building of Schoenbrunn Palace, the Orangery has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. While the Orangery was originally meant to store plants during the winter, today the largest part of the Orangery serves as a venue for exclusive concerts and events. More than one million visitors have enjoyed the renowned Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra Vienna's performances and the top-notch singing and dancing that complement the evening.

Concert hall

On selected days, concerts may take place in the Great Gallery or the White Gold Room located inside Schoenbrunn Palace, at the Schoenbrunn Palace Theater or in other concert halls in Vienna. We will be happy to send you the detailed concert plan upon request.

Document delivery:

We will deposit all documents (vouchers for the river cruise and for the dinner, concert tickets and public transportation tickets) at the front desk of your hotel.

Program and cast

10:30 AM or 2:00 PM - Danube tour departs from Schwedenplatz

6:30 PM - Dinner in a selected restaurant

8:30 PM - Concert start in the Orangery Schönbrunn*
(Admission from 8:00 PM)

Approx. 10:15 PM - Concert end

After the concert has ended, there will be sufficient taxis available at the entrance to the Orangery Schönbrunn. The underground leaves in five to eight-minute intervals until midnight.

Imperial Palace Schönbrunn Concerts

Palace tour
Empress Maria Theresa made Schloss Schoenbrunn into her magnificent summer residence. All her successors resided at the palace during summer and ruled the empire from there. Especially Emperor Franz Joseph liked to spend his time at the Palace Schoenbrunn. Take a tour of the glamorous and private rooms of the emperors accompanied by an audio guide. For groups of 15 people or more a separate guide will be available to show you the apartments of Maria Theresa exclusively and outside the regular opening times of the palace.


At the Ehrenhof ('Court of Honor'), right beside the entrance of Schloss Schoenbrunn, in the rooms of the Restaurant Tafelspitz. Here, you will enjoy a three-course dinner.


In walking distance from the main entrance to Schloss Schoenbrunn and the Café-Restaurant Residenz lies the Orangery Schoenbrunn. Since imperial times, this was a place for courtly festivities and banquets. During one of these events Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri held a unique music contest. In this historic ambience the Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra performs the most beautiful works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.

From the beginning of April to the end of October, at Christmas and at New Year's Eve, the concert will be performed by the Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra in grand cast. In late autumn and in winter the concert will be performed by the Schoenbrunn Chamber Ensemble.


The Schoenbrunn Palace Orangery

The widowed Empress Wilhelmine Amalie had an orangery garden installed in Schoenbrunn with the purpose of overwintering her bitter orange plants inside a greenhouse.

Even today, concerts are held in grand old style in this historical location. Clad in historical dress, the Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra interprets the most famous works by Mozart and Strauss at the original location every evening.

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