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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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Worth a visit if you've not been to a similar museum.

Stunning palace right in the centre. Great to visit if you've not been to similar ones before. First floor consists of historical artefacts from the time of the emperor, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Taplow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning palace right in the centre. Great to visit if you've not been to similar ones before. First floor consists of historical artefacts from the time of the emperor, and upstairs if their living arrangements. You can whizz through it in 30 minutes or take your time with the very informative audio guide and take about 90 minutes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Hofburg is a magnificent palace complex, with building dating from late1200s to early 1900s, spaning 7 centuries. It was used as the winter residence of the Habsburg emperors since the very beginning of the dynasty up to its end. In the latest buildng, the Nue Burg, Hitler had procalimed the Anschlus - the joining of the East Kingdom/Oesterreich to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tickets to the palace includes the imperial apartments, Imperial treasury, Silver collection, Sisi museum and the Spanish riding school. It takes minimum of one day see all of this. We did not see the riding school since we went to the performance and were pressed for time. The ticket to the riding school does not include the performance and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

its a very nice palace and gives you a good feel of the city it has several compartments and good history exposure

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

One more beautiful palace in Vienna. The winter residence of the Hofburgs is not less magnificent than the Schonbrunn palace. A must see location.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't visit Vienna and not visit this palace. Wonderful opportunity to see how they really lived. Give yourself enough time to really enjoy!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not visit the whole palace, just the three museums: the silver collection, the sisi museum and the kaiser apartments as we unfortunately did not have enough time to complete the visit.It was so fascinating to have a closer look at the everyday life of the Habsburgs and to know that a great deal of recent european history was... More 

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This is definitely a must see. Attend a workout session at the Spanish Riding School. Plan close to a full day to see everything.

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Visited New Year weekend. There is no crowd management. Strollers allowed and large backpacks. Massive crowds pushing in. Sisi's apartments have a very dark, narrow curving display route to walk through that is a living nightmare. Everyone shoving ahead. Moms panicking pushing their strollers into those ahead. NO exit lights. So jammed there was no way to see what if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Hofburg Palace is beautiful. It is the home to lots of museums, lovely old buildings, beautiful squares and the Spanish Riding School. To do the place justice you will probably need best part of a whole day as there is so much to see. You can buy a ticket that will get you in to everything and it is... More 

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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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