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Desert House at Schönbrunn Zoo Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Explore the wonders of desert life in Vienna's Desert House, with a skip-the-line entry! Meet unique animals, marvel at rare plants, and learn how life thrives in extreme habitats.


  • Embrace the allure of desert life without the scorching heat, right in the heart of Vienna at the Desert House with unique flora and fauna.

  • Skip the queues and kick-start your adventure! From nibble fish to rattlesnakes and naked mole rats, get up close with a host of desert-dwelling creatures.

  • Marvel at the cuttings from the world’s oldest pot plant, and walk amid cacti and succulents, discover 'living fossils' like bearded lizards.

  • Walk through desert landscapes of Central America to Madagascar, and unearth desert secrets, from the chirping red fodies to the radiated tortoises.

  • Fun fact: The Garra rufa fish or ‘nibble fish’ at the Desert House, famous for their gentle nibbling on visitors' fingers, are also popular in some spas for providing a unique form of exfoliation.


  • Skip-the-line entry to Desert House


  • Guided tour

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Enter the enchanting desert ecosystem

Skip the lines at the Desert House for a smooth, queue-free journey into this desert oasis. Begin your journey with a refreshing interaction with the nibble fish, which gently nibble on your fingers. A captivating trail then guides you through authentic desert landscapes, taking you from Central America to Madagascar. Along the way, you'll marvel at the Kaiser's spotted newts and the black-tailed rattlesnakes, native to parts of the USA. An eye-catching attraction is the 70-meter-long maze of glass tubes which houses a bustling colony of naked mole rats.

Discover rare flora and fauna

Continue on the trail, lined with lush cacti and succulents, under the soothing sounds of chirping red fodies. Spot rare desert inhabitants like the radiated tortoises and venomous Gila monsters. Take time to appreciate the unusual plant life, including cuttings from the world’s oldest pot plant and living fossils like the bearded lizards and Welwitschia mirabilis. Learn about their amazing adaptation skills to survive in extreme desert conditions.

Desert House

Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:30 PM
Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:30 PM
Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:30 PM
Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:30 PM
Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:30 PM
Saturday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:30 PM
Sunday09:00 AM - 06:00 PMlast entry 05:30 PM

What’s not allowed

  • Due to venue restrictions, pets cannot tag along for this experience.


  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

  • A public disabled toilet is available in the entrance area.

  • Your guide dogs are welcome at the venue.

Additional information

  • Children aged 13 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the redemption point.

Ticket redemption point

  • Show your ticket at Desert House.

  • Address: Schlosspark Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien, Austria.

  • Landmark: Opposite the Palm House, right next to the main "Hietzing" entrance.

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