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Review of Neue Burg

Neue Burg
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Vienna Sightseeing Day Trip from Prague
Ranked #96 of 595 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Neue Burg is the most recent part of the Hofburg Palace on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, and it is home to three collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The Collection of Historic Musical Instruments comprises the original instruments of some of the world’s greatest composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The Collection of Arms and Armour is packed full of magnificent suits of armour and decora-tive weapons that attest to chivalric values and impor-tant occasions at court. And at the Ephesus Museum the »Parthian Monument« reflects the glory and splendour of one of Antiquity’s greatest cities.
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Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed the display of the armors. Also the musical instruments were very interesting. The audio guide lets you hear how the instruments actually sound.

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Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

This museum has wonderful collection of musical instruments, it's a gem that one can't miss! Pianos from all ages, played by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schumman, Chopin and others.

There is also a hige collection of armors and some pieces from Ephesus.

Really incredible!!

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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I visited the Neue Burg as part of my 5 full-day visit to Vienna and enjoyed it very much, largely due to the beautiful interiors rather than the wide range of quite 'specialised' artefacts that the museum houses.....

It was one of the few museums in the city that I found especially notable, but when a Vienna museum did reach that 'status' for me it did so in some style, with the infinitely more rewarding world-class 'Kunsthistorisches Museum' (to which the Neue Burg is heavily related) being the shining star - see my separate TA review for that gem !


I am compiling an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' for my visit to see the sights of Vienna (and writing TA reviews for all the places I visited, accessed easiest by selecting the 'See * more reviews by LPWilliams for Vienna' link at the base of this review), it is entitled 'Vienna Attractions, Hotel & Transport : 5 Full-Day Visit Sep 2012'. Please feel free to access it via my TA Profile (by clicking my TA 'name' below the photo on the left of this review). I hope it is of interest and use to you and that all of my individual reviews/photos/videos get posted properly; don't forget that videos aren't posted with the review like photos are, so it's best to locate them via my TA profile....


Just like when I visited the 'Kunsthistorisches Museum' earlier that day, it didn't take me long after arriving at this museum to realise it was something special - but not because of the collections housed within, but instead due to the strikingly clean and stunningly beautiful interior lines of interior design. All my photos taken here were of the floors, staircases, walls and roofs - with not one being of the artefacts !

The quite different museum collections here comprise the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, the Collection of Arms and Armour and the Ephesos Museum; the latter perhaps being the only one to need a bit more of a description: it covers the history and details of one of the largest cities of the ancient world, which was situated on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

There is a massive amount to see here, so if the collections interest you more than they did me then your visit will be appreciably longer as you will hopefully factor in time to view my highlight of those delightful interiors....What you will probably not have to factor in is any form of delay or crowding; l ike other TA reviewers, I visited in almost complete isolation, accompanied only be the echo of my footsteps on the beautiful, largely marble, floors !

Housed in the northern end of the Neue Burg, located on the south end of Heldenplatz, which is all part of the central/sprawling Hofburg Palace complex, the museum entrance is shared with the National Library and gets barely equal-billing on the outside signage, so it can be tricky to find - it should be more prominent as it occupies the majority of the space !

On entering the building you pass the ticket office then climb a grand staircase, which immediately provides a strong hint about the interior space as it is so clean, white and crisp-lined. From then on you can quickly take a number of different routes, as you are drawn slowly through the labyrinth of corridors and rooms which all share those same design characteristics, as well as having wonderfully high and attractively-decorated, mostly curved ceilings.

Having an interest in Roman history I found the collections in the Ephesos Museum to be of most interest, this is what you can see first along the perimeter, multi-level, corridor section. There are city models, busts, carvings and numerous items of 'treasure' to help build the story of this ancient civilisation.

At the far end of the top floor you can begin a tour of the Collection of Arms and Armour, which is worth going around if for no other reason than it eventually leads you to a very pleasant square-shaped 'opening', somewhere towards the centre of the building, where you can look up at a striking glass roof and down to soak up yet another great view of the lower floor balconies, adorned with attractive, arched alcoves. Of course, if armour and guns are your 'thing' then you will enjoy things even more !

The centrally-positioned Collection of Historic Musical Instruments is hopefully self-explanatory, very well populated with a wide range of instruments but did not appeal to me very much.

To get an idea of what I mean about the interiors I've tried to describe here, I shall add some photos/video of mine (once the review itself has been posted), remember videos aren't 'connected' to the related TA review whereas photos are....

Many people would pay good money just to view the type of building interiors you can see at the Neue Burg alone; the fact that it also contains a 'something for everyone' range of museum collections means it is worth a few hours of anyone's time. Having said that, the collections get 3 stars from me, whereas the interiors get 4.

The Neue Burg should be somewhere among the top of the list of those Vienna museums you intend to visit. Combined with a longer visit to the even more impressive 'Kunsthistorisches Museum', to which it is related in terms of ownership and if you get the good value combined entrance ticket, you are guaranteed to have a most rewarding day in this grand city.

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Reviewed 17 December 2012

Besides the 3 collections (musical instruments+Armours+Ephesos) this ticket combines an entrance to the Kunsthistorisches Museum (arts museum) which is a very good deal. we had a reduced tickes (6 instead of 12 Euros) since we had Austrian Airlines boarding pass. The musical instrumnets collection is marvellous! you can see instrumnets from 14000 BC!! the audio guide aloows you either detailed explenatios about items and musical demonstrationn of their sounds as well.

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Reviewed 8 December 2012

This set of three museums was part of our combination ticket. I can't believe that on a Friday there were about 10 people in the entire museum. My husband, 18 year old son and I spent over 1.5 hours in the museum that displayed the knights. I have never seen so many knights and their armor in one collection. Some of the armor like the fox head armor is the only one in the world. We saw many armor outfits for Maximillian and his family. The free audio guide was fantastic in describing the detail and the importance. Most of the armor was from the 1500's and so well preserved. In one display case, there was a horse hay sack that was put around the horse's neck to put the horse at ease and for protection. This was the only one in the world. The horse armor was beautiful as well. The audio guide talked about the different types of jousting and how the design of the armor changed throughout the ages from jousting protective armor to detailed armor worn at weddings.
Then we went to the ancient musical instruments museum which is part of this complex. Here again the audio guide was wonderful. It was interesting to see such old forerunners of our current instruments such as the coronet, oboe, piano, organ, and woodwinds. Some of the harpsichords were played by Mozart and Beethoven. There was a violin that belonged to Mozart's father on display. I am not usually that interested in ancient musical instruments but this museum was phenomenal!
I would HIGHLY recommend going to these two museums. Students who are 19 and under are free. These museums should be higher on tourists' list!

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