We ended up not paying to go inside (you even need a ticket to be able to walk through the gardens)... but we did explore what we could... and even found out that there is a nightly orchestra that plays in a grand ballroom AND even polka music is included! Next time I visit... we plan on making a night of that! : )
The Schonbrunn Palace is still in the city of Vienna but some distance from the center of the city. This was the Habsburg royal family's summer residence of choice... while they spent the rest of the year at the Hofburg Palace in the center of the city.
Looking out onto the garden area:
I liked the floors!