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Highlights 2021 and Christmas break

Highlights 2021 and Christmas break

2021 indeed was a turbulent and also exciting year. In the first half of the year, we were able to make an important contribution to the fight against the pandemic by providing interim use of our premises for the Corona Test Road.
The start of our long-awaited event season was the State Reception in the Grand Gallery with the visit of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.
The Summer Night Concert, which this year of course took place with a strict Covid prevention concept and with a limited number of spectators, but in the best weather and bright sunshine, took place in the same week.
In addition, we were allowed to accompany again numerous dream weddings in the most different settings. An impression of the various possibilities and of course of many other exhibitors around the topic wedding, could be made by the visitors of the wedding fair, which took place in the Orangerie in September.
The congress and conference season then started in the fall. Always keeping hygiene measures in mind, numerous company events took place in the Apothekertrakt, but also in the Orangery.
But this is only a small excerpt - we could continue the list for a long time - from fashion shows to the professorial award ceremony for Sylvester Levay, there were plenty of other highlights.

Now we go into the well-deserved Christmas break - from 22.12.2021 until 2.1.2022 we are on vacation. After that, we will be available again as usual at 01/811 13 - 363 or

We wish you wonderful holidays and good health for the new year!
Your Schönbrunn Palace Meetings & Events Team

End of COVID test lane in Schönbrunn

Orangerie Empfangsbereich (c) Dieter Nagl für SK

End of COVID test lane in Schönbrunn

We were happy to contribute to the fight against the current pandemia by providing space for the Walk-Through and Drive-Through Test Centres. This temporary use is now ending as planned on July 30, 2021!

Last day of Walk-Through Test Centre:
Friday, 30th of July, till 7 P.M.

Last day of Drive-Through Test Centre
Friday, 30th of July, till 1 P.M.

A visit to the palace is currently also possible without an entrance test!

Information and testing centres Vienna:

Webpage of the City of Vienna


Worldwide meetings in Schönbrunn – our technical partners make it possible!

(c) SKB / Grundschober

Worldwide meetings in Schönbrunn – our technical partners make it possible!


Information on the current situation

Information on the current situation

We work for you from the home office!

UPDATE: On December 7th the exhibition rooms in Schönbrunn, the Sisi Museum in the Hofburg, the Furniture Museum and Schloss Hof will be open again. Our event rooms - the Apothekertrakt and the Orangery - will remain closed. We are at your disposal by e-mail. 

As a preventive measure to contain infections caused by COVID-19, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs - based on the decree of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection - is closing all locations (exhibition rooms and event venues) of the Schönbrunn Group for guests from November 3rd until presumably 6th December 2020.

We regret this, but at the same time we consider the decision to be correct in the interest of the safety and health of all guests and employees.

As far as possible, inquiries will be processed in the home office. We ask for your understanding if there are delays in answering the inquiries. Many thanks! Please send urgent inquiries to

In order to make a joint contribution to the containment of the coronavirus, we ask you to refrain from any inspection dates that are not absolutely necessary at present. Inspections are only possible by appointment.

Our virtual tours are available to you for a first impression. We will be happy to accompany you on a tour of our premises by telephone after making an appointment.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and stay healthy!

Your Meetings & Events Team

COVID-19 Information for Event Organisers

COVID-19 Information for Event Organisers

As popular event location we are delighted to be able to offer our services once more for you and your event plans after the restrictions related to the Covid-19 situation. Central aspects here are the safety of your event and of your guests and also the organisation of a memorable occasion, which we look forward to planning with you and making it a success.

Status 1 July 2021

The relaxation measures and the resulting prevailing circumstances demand a more intensive cooperation in planning and the realisation of your event in our facilities: the Apothecaries’ Wing, the Orangery, Schönbrunn Palace and the Schloss Hof Estate. We keep updated as regards the current status of regulations for reducing the spread of Covid-19 and constantly adapt our measures accordingly.

Basic measures on site that we offer as service:

It is self-evident for us that our staff implement and practise all the latest hygienic measures in a professional manner. We exercise all vigilance to make you feel safe with us.

Furthermore, it goes without saying that the following measures are taken in our locations:

  • Sanitizers to disinfect hands and signs informing about measures for containing Covid-19 at all entrances
  • The wearing of protective mouth and nose mask during customer contact
  • The installation of separating screens in freely accessible workplace situations (e.g. reception foyer), so as to be able to communicate with you and your guests in safety and, to a great degree, barrier-free

We support you in the avoidance of infection from COVID-19 in planning/organising your event!

During the planning phase

  • We work together with you in developing a concept for entering, remaining in and leaving our facilities, so as to avoid the accumulation of groups and, where needed, provide distance markings and information signs.
  • We cultivate close contact with out partner companies (catering, technics) in order to ensure the practicability of your event
  • We provide room and spatial plans and plan and implement with you various regulation-compliant seating options
  • Together with our technical partners we provide the option of a video streaming service and so facilitate the operation of hybrid event formats for you.
  • We are working on a VR/3D visualisation service in our facilities with additional features and interactive tools (measuring, variants, information …)

During the event

  • All contact locations are sanitized by our cleaning staff at regular intervals and based on frequency of usage.
  • Weather permitting, we endeavour to minimise contact with door handles (keep doors open) and to ensure the regular airing of rooms.
  • We support you in making sure that during your event the accumulation of people is avoided and distance regulations are maintained as optimally as possible
  • Separation of the various areas during different events in the building

A risk-aware behaviour of all participants through taking suitable measures optimally fosters the self-awareness and personal responsibility of every individual.

We are always at hand to advise and assist you at all times!

Download Covid-19 Information for Event Organisers

Let’s get together and start all over again!

Let’s get together and start all over again!

We combine business with pleasure and can assure you of sufficient safety during the corona pandemic.
We’d be happy to plan the implementation of your event questions with you – also at short notice – and to support you in conceiving a safe and successful event.
We uphold the current status of requirements for reducing the spread of Covid-19 and constantly update and adapt the measures we take in accordance with them.

Work meetings with Imperial flair

Tired of working from home? Fed up of digital meetings? You’d prefer the real thing working with others again?  Then you’ve landed in just the right place with us!

Our ten variously sized seminar rooms ensure that groups can work with sufficient safe distancing. And what’s more you have at your disposal our versatile open areas and outdoor spaces, providing for a pleasant and relaxed working group atmosphere.

Imperial presentations

Trade and business fairs have been permitted again since 15 June, subject to conditions and requirements.

The Maria Theresa room, the Orangery Garden foyer and the Spitzhof foyer with its adjacent rooms are ideal for putting on exhibitions, trade and business fairs and product presentations. Here, our various entrances and sequence of rooms guarantee a safe  visitor flow management.

You can contact us at We’d be glad to work out a tailor-made offer with you!

We are back on site!

We are back on site!

From 15 May our office in the Apothekertrakt will be occupied again and we will also be available for inspections.

At the beginning of May, we began to move our work step by step from the home office to the Apothekertrakt, in compliance with all security measures. From 15 May onwards, our office in the Apothekertrakt will again be manned from Monday to Friday during office hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and we will also be available for site inspections.

We look forward to working with you on the implementation of your events so that we can then - as soon as circumstances and requirements allow - get started again together with you!

Please make an appointment for an site inspection and observe the usual safety precautions (safety distance, mouth-nose protection).

Information on the current situation

Information on the current situation

We work for you from the home office!

Dear organizers! Dear partners! Dear guests!

The international outbreak of the Corona Virus has presented us all with incredible challenges. We are all called upon to support the measures ordered by the Austrian Federal Government to contain the infection and to make our contribution.

All locations of Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. - showrooms and event venues - are currently closed by order of the Austrian government until further notice.

Most affected events have already been postponed or cancelled. We are in close contact with these organizers. We are doing everything possible within our sphere of influence to minimise the damage to organisers and all companies involved by postponing events.

As an affected participant please contact your organiser directly.

We understand that there are also uncertainties and concerns for other events. If you have any questions, please contact us at or contact the respective project manager.

Our Meetings & Events Office in the Apothekertrakt is currently closed until further notice - our project managers will process your enquiries from their Home Office and have access to all necessary information. You can reach us by telephone as usual by using the extension numbers of all colleagues.

We would like to thank you all! The cooperative and positive cooperation with all sides makes us confident that together we will master this difficult situation.

Let us all work together to combat the spread of the virus, and hopefully we will soon be able to hold events together again!

In this spirit, take care of yourself and your loved ones and stay healthy!

Your Meetings & Events Team

Best Event Location 2019!

Best Event Location 2019!

We were proud to receive the special award "Best Event Location" at the Event Award ceremony in Linz.

For the 23rd time already, the Austrian Event Awards, organised by EVENTWERKSTATT, Ilk & Partner KG, took place on 4 December 2019 at the Design Center in Linz. The 31 winners of the "Austrian Event Award 2019" were honoured at the Design Center Linz during a dignified award evening.

We are delighted that Schönbrunn Palace Meetings & Events, with its diverse and diverse premises, has received this year's special "Best Event Location" award. Thank you very much!

In addition to the already existing 9 categories (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and 3 special awards (Green Events, Best Supplier Performance, Best Event Location), another special award for the new conference format called Blue Meeting® will be added in 2019. At a Blue Meeting®, the location, content and setting will be tailored to the needs of the participants. We are delighted for Bud & Terence GmbH, which received the award with its "Employer Branding Day" held in the pharmacy wing.

All winners 2019 can be found here.

Click here for the photos of

Presentation Redesign of Reception Area Orangery

© Dieter Nagl for SKB

Presentation Redesign of Reception Area Orangery

Historical building fabric and modern usage requirements - a challenge! On 5 November, the Überbau Akademie and the SKB presented the conversion of the Orangery reception area to a specialist audience.

More about the Orangery entrance area


Staff Changes, Meetings & Events

Staff Changes, Meetings & Events

At the beginning of September Patricia Lindner took over the management of the Schloß Schönbrunn Meetings & Events.

With a tear in our eyes we say farewell to Wolfgang Smejkal, who is shouldering new tasks within the Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b,H. This year, Patricia Lindner celebrated her tenth anniversary as a member of the Meetings & Events Department and, besides her position as project manager, was also in charge of marketing.

We already said farewell to Katja Mittermayr before the summer, when she left on educational leave. Kathrin Gebhardt has been in charge of her agenda since early September. We welcome Oliver Ulrich to the team as new project manager and marketing manager. Matthias Schiestl, who has supported the team until now on an hourly basis, is now reinforcing operations with us also as project manager.

So here we are, an even stronger team, ready and raring to start the intensive autumn season. You can find all contact partners here:


Orangery Reception Area in New Splendour

Orangery Reception Area in New Splendour

May 2019 was marked by the opening of the freshly renovated Orangery reception area.

Unadorned elegance and efficient options of usage topped the list on the renovation agenda. Besides the entrance area, the sanitary and catering facilities and the ancillary rooms were adapted and renovated.

Orangery Reception Area

References from our newlyweds

References from our newlyweds

Learn more about dream weddings at Schönbrunn.

Despite the many events we organise as Department for Meetings and Events, weddings in the White-and-Gold Rooms are very special occasions for us as well. So we are very happy to support couples in making this moment an unforgettable event.

You can find out more about our couples  here:

We are out of office!

We are out of office!

Awaiting our busy season it is necessary to reorganize our processes to optimize our services. You surely understand that therefore we are out of office for one day.
For this reason our office is closed on Monday, 26.8.19.

We use the conference rooms in Schloss Hof for our team meeting. The newly constructed conference rooms in the middle of the splendid gardens offer perfect conditions to work focused and secluded.

More information about the event locations in Schloss Hof visit

Japan Art Festival

Japan Art Festival

From the 3rd to the 5th of May the exhibition showed works of art from Japan and Austria.

From 03.-05. May the exhibition showed 330 creations from a lot of different styles and art forms. The artists came from all over Japan. Additionally 33 austrian artists showed their work.

Welcome to the New Year!

Welcome to the New Year!

The Meeting & Events team is starting off into the new year with a swing! Last year was marked by several changes in our staff.

In autumn Jessica Steinlechner took maternity leave; in her place we welcome Alexander Robok to our team. In December Karin Köckeis returned after her maternity leave.

Promptly with the start of the year reconstruction work began in the entrance area of the Orangery. The work is progressing according to plan, and we are all thrilled about having a new entrance area worthy of the Orangery.

Clear & Transparent – Our Redesign!

Clear & Transparent – Our Redesign!

December 2018: After months of work we are delighted to present our new website! But our virtual presentation is not the only news of the day – reconstruction work has been going on in the Orangery to renovate and modernise several areas.

We’ve made it!

After months of work we are delighted to present our new website!

Besides the optical redesign, we have also integrated several innovations: the individual event areas can be accessed simply and directly via the homepage, and a new search function serves as an initial orientation aid in selecting the various rooms and the planning of your event. It goes without saying that we are glad to advise and assist you by e-mail or telephone, just as we always have!

With our new website design, the screen presentation of Schönbrunn Meetings & Events is even clearer and more transparent – and also responsive!

But our virtual presentation is not the only news of the day – reconstruction work has been going on in the Orangery to renovate and modernise several areas: the historical hall itself is retained in its entirety. The aim of the remodelling is to transform the partly convoluted and outdated appearance of the entrance zone into a light-flooded foyer worthy of the Orangery and harmonising better structurally and optically with the preceding annexation to the Apothekertrakt (Apothecaries’ Wing).

Another priority is the creation of an elegant and spacious reception area for the guests. The reconstruction also includes renovating ancillary rooms and management areas for the catering department and to relocate the latter to a better location. It is being shifted nearer to the hall in order to facilitate a more efficient service for guests. This means that the transition zone between the Apothekertrakt and the Orangery can be made available for unrestricted usage, smoothly merging the two event areas.

10 years Meetings and Events

10 years Meetings and Events

September 2018: On 9 September 2008 the official opening took place in the Apothekertrakt (Apothecaries’ Wing), then still called the Schönbrunn Conference Centre. Since then we have had the pleasure and privilege of organising many exciting events with our clients. We have asked some of them to cast a look back and into the future.

Helga Peinsold & Günter Schreier

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH / Organizing Committee

What do you appreciate most about the Apothekertrakt/Apothecaries’ Wing?
“The Apothekertrakt combines history with the modern age and is the ideal setting for our scientific conference. For years, our participants have been delighted by such an unusual and utterly beautiful environment for a conference, and, what is more for us as event organisers, we appreciate the perfect support and care. The technical equipment of the facilities and all their inventories – which are flexibly available at our disposal – meet all our requirements. We have such high regard for the event team in the Apothekertrakt because of their professionalism and extraordinary readiness to help and wish at this point to offer them our warmest thanks!"

What has changed in the Apothekertrakt in ten years?
"Because of the annual conference we too have been able to follow the development of the Apothekertrakt: from the planting of the vineyard to the constant improvement of the technical equipment and in conclusion to the development of the final, glass-covered Apothekertrakt we know today. The result now is for us a tasteful fusion of historical and unique treasures with modern and elegant elements, meanwhile taking technical and spatial requirements into account. This and the professional support of the event team ensures an efficient and successful organisation of our conference.”

Was wünschen Sie dem Apothekertrakt für die Zukunft?
„We wish the team in the Apothekertrakt to continue performing with the tireless drive in organising the many events with so much investment of energy, talent, charm and warmth.
We wish the Apothekertrakt continuance and success in this historical-modern guise and the respect they deserve from those who step in and step out here.

Maja Sulejmanovic

Wirtschaftsprüfung und Steuerberatung GmbH & Co KG

What do you appreciate most about the Apothekertrakt/Apothecaries’ Wing?
“For years now we have valued the excellent and professional partnership with Schönbrunn. The experienced and seasoned organisational team has always supported us with optimal care. The event facilities, the setting and the excellent transport connections are also reasons why we keep organising our events in the Apothekertrakt. Our clients, and we ourselves, have always felt at home here.”

Renate Holzwarth


What do you appreciate most about the Apothekertrakt?
“The professional, reliable and trusted partnership with the team, the wonderful location and transport connections, and also the parking situation. The perfect setting for our formats.”

What has changed in the Apothekertrakt in ten years?
"We are delighted about the extension and have taken the facilities of the Spitzhof, Maximilian, Sophie and Leopold to our hearts.”.

What do you wish for the Apothekertrakt in future?
„As much success and as many satisfied clients as ever – just as we are.”

Peter Riha

event productions Riha GmbH

 What do you appreciate most about the Apothekertrakt?
“Diversity of spatial concepts, a fantastic combination of indoor and outdoor, maximum team flexibility and professionalism. I have the impression that we all work together in accordance with the client and seek and find the best possible solutions.”

What has changed in the Apothekertrakt in ten years?
“The extension with the Spitzhof and ancillary rooms has proved to be a superb concept; cooperation has become even more professional. Dates for events are in more demand than ever.”

What do you wish for the Apothekertrakt in future?
“I wish for many, many events to happen between the Apothekertrakt and me. I wish to go on enjoying such excellent collaboration with the team surrounding Wolfgang Smejkal.”

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