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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: +43 1 5337570
09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

For centuries the Vienna Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg empire....

For centuries the Vienna Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg empire. Today the palace houses three museums which afford historically authentic insights into the traditions and everyday life of the imperial court: The Imperial Apartments with their original furnishings and decoration, the Sisi Museum with its sensitive staging of the empress' life, and the Imperial Silver Collection which contains a comprehensive range of tableware and other utensils used at the imperial court.

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Beautiful and luxurious! The palace has a Sisi museum first and then the palace rooms. The audio guide helps to understand the life story well. Some part of the palace is being... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful and luxurious! The palace has a Sisi museum first and then the palace rooms. The audio guide helps to understand the life story well. Some part of the palace is being restored. It will take good 2 to 2.5 hours to do justice to it.

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Interesting to get a flavour of the huge power and wealth once held by the Austrian empire. It's more like a royal village with The Hofburg being just one of many palaces, now museums and art galleries.

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Used to be the winter palace for the Emperor, the halls and rooms are very luxurious, with amazing chandeliers

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A beautiful medium size palace very focused on sharing Sissis life challenge however beautiful appartments to see. İf u are interested in silver there is the huge collection of the habsburg monatchy.

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One of the beautiful and imperial palace in vienna, worth a visit in town, best to view in evening / night

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The Imperial Palace is an immense complex which also houses the Spanish Riding School and the white Lippizaner stallions. We went to a morning training session where you see the horses being exercised and put through some of their paces. Training starts at 10am but the queues begin around 0910. However, don't fret because there is plenty of capacity and... More 

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Wonderful piece of history, with the famous Klimt's Kiss painitng inside. Some parts are under restoration. The gardens are magnificent and the wild ground squirrels made my day. There are also Lamas and Camels there. Better be prepared for quite a lot of queuing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am in Vienna on business and knew very little of the royal family and the history. Fascinating and the Imperial Palace is perfectly preserved. Loved the personal touch stories about Sisi *Elizabeth

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The Hofburg Palace is the former imperial palace, the winter residence of the Hapsburgs. It's a maze of buildings and includes the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum, Treasury, Spanish Riding School and the National Library's Hall of State among others. The imperial apartments are surprisingly dull after the lavish rooms of the Schonbrunn Palace and the Sisi Museum is a collection... More 

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Fantastic. Did walking tour very informative. Recommend big bus tours for Hop on Hop off. Wrap up well if doing the walking tour in winter

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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