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Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Vienna

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Once home to Vienna's monarchy, Imperial Palace (Hofburg) gives a fascinating look into imperial life through a display of personal items of former Habsburg monarchs. Along with the historical museums, the palace--called the Vienna Hofburg--now houses the president of Austria and offices of the federal government. In the Imperial Apartments, you'll discover the apartments of Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth. Visit the Imperial Silver Collection for a glimpse into the lavish lengths to which the monarchs went to entertain. You'll see about 7,000 relics of the imperial dining culture, such as exquisite kitchen linens, the imperial table, and ornate centerpieces. The Sisi Museum features more than 300 personal items of Empress Elisabeth. Through her parasols, beauty recipes, and death mask, you'll gain an understanding of this often-misunderstood monarch. Plan to visit Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vienna attractions using our Vienna tourist route planner.
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  • Not as good as the schonbrunn palace.. But definitely worth a visit. The museum around the corner is pretty good as well  more »
  • If you're in Vienna, you need to spend some time wandering around the palaces and enjoying them from the outside, but the interiors of the Hofburg are only for completists. The state apartments are ve...  more »
  • The Hofburg is the very heart of old Vienna with its Imperial grandeur, stunning architecture and woderful exhibitions a must for the culture vulture.  more »
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  • We came for a concert in the main reception hall. The performance was wonderful. Light hearted and lively music. Dance and song accompany a spectacular orchestra. The palace itself is absolutely gorgeous!
  • This is a must see spot in Vienna. It's sprawling - there so many places inside the palace itself to visit and so many things to see! I was personally astounded to realize how rich and powerful this clan was for so many years. We went to the royal jewel collection, and saw famous pieces that I didn't even know existed. Such as the thousand-year-old gold coronation crown covered in jewels.
  • Good place and you need to walk more to see the places. It will take around 2 hrs to see all places inside this.
  • It's very beautiful and clean, considering that a lot of tourists are there everyday. We liked it!
  • Gorgeous place. Came here in 2010 August for a concert (opera) and it was amazing.