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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number:
+43 1 5337570
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09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Like all the palaces the wealth factor enormous gold work and pompously lavish.... history of family interesting and also quite alarming to what went on

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Like all the palaces the wealth factor enormous gold work and pompously lavish.... history of family interesting and also quite alarming to what went on

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Hofburg Palace is a must-see in the sense that if you have limited time, or do not want to visit too many places, then this is a good option to get a good sense of Viennese history and culture in a quick capsule.

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What a splendid palace. We attended the Coffee Makers Ball there on friday 17th February. The grandeur of the place was worth seeing and to wander round made you feel as though you belonged to the Hapsburg world of the 18th-19th centuries. Worth returning.

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lovely building and part of the inner block of must see buildings in central Vienna. Looks great at night too.

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We all know Sissy from the Audrey Hepburn films. That's only half the story, but I won't spoil that. For guys: skip the dresses, don't listen to all audio explanations and you're done in 30ish minutes. Worth it.

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Vienna's Imperial Palace, the Hofburg, was for centuries the seat of the Habsburgs, rulers of Austria until the end of WWI. A great deal of European history was written here, in particular by Empress Maria and, for a while, the German Emperor (today, it's the official seat of the Austrian Head of State, the Federal President). The complex is particularly interesting as... More 

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beautiful architecture, impressive building, we visited the library, looked into Albertine, Sisi Museum

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An iconic building in Vienna. I loved the curved shape of the building. It is a lovely building in the day and night. There is plenty to do around this area. There is a map outside which gives you the details.

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We visited the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer or Imperial Treasury of Vienna which is located in the Hofburg Palace. It houses the imperial crown, the Imperial regalia of the Holy Roman Empire, an agate bowl (the holy grail) the largest cut emerald in the world and these are just some of the treasures.

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Sunday Messe at Hofburgkapelle, Vienna. I really recommend to join Sunday Messe once during stay in Vienna. It was precious experience for me and it was very dignified messe and splendid musik in the middle aged European chapel.

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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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