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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
Fee: Yes
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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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This is how the other 1/2 of .0001% lived. Silver and China are amazing. Our only complaint is that the number of visitors inside the rooms should be regulated. It was crowded... read more

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This is how the other 1/2 of .0001% lived. Silver and China are amazing. Our only complaint is that the number of visitors inside the rooms should be regulated. It was crowded and not well ventilated so kind of warm. Absolutely go to see it but go early.

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This is one of our favorite buildings in Vienna. The architecture is incredible and it's very easy to visit.

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Especially the SiSi museum is very busy, but the space is quite cramped, after that in the actual appartments it gets better, good overview of her life, silberkammer is very impressive

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You can get confused after a while about which fabulous castle or palace is which. I think this is the one that ruled the world when the Hapsburgs ran the world as the head of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Hard to believe it was not that long ago. This is another place, like Schonbrunn, that you can spend a long time... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Imperial Palace has many things to offer, and if you're visiting Vienna, you must go there. It's a tourist mecca. Just standing there, looking at the huge palace with horses and carriages coming and going carrying tourists, is amazing. The grounds of the Hofburg are indeed impressive, and there are the Spanish Riding School stables and a chapel. However,... More 

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We went through the royal apartmens and they were elaborately decorated. My husband enjoyed it but I found it claustrophobic and tried to get through the rooms as quickly as possible. It was very crowded and slow moving as people are listening to the recorders. The walk between rooms are not wide enough and it was very hot. One of... More 

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We particularly enjoyed the Sisi exhibition and the huge collection of tableware. It is worth using the audio guide as it so informative.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Another area of Vienna to stroll around. The statues and buildings are fantastic, and this is a great place that can be interesting people watching. Take you time to see the sights of this palace.

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We got here after visiting the Museum Quarter and the Maria Theresa Plazza then continued onto the nearby gardens.

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You can spend 2 full days to walk around this palace and all museums that it has, but it worth any minute of it.

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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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