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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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  • I have been here some years ago. This year vidited with my wife. We enjoyed our visit. We took audio guides. Everything is nicely done here. The love story of the emperor and his wife, Sissi (Elizabet...  more »
  • The palace is very pretty and looks so nice with all the horses and carriages that constantly pass by. The museum and imperial apartments are worth the visit, it was a very well laid out tour and I fo...  more »
  • Here we enter into history. Bit of a strange feeling, but we have to go through the past, Hungarians have so many complications presenting at dynasty. Please note: THERE is NO wardrobe! (For some reason it is not European countries did the Habsburgs ...)
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  • This place is huge, so much walking and so many beautiful things to see, the architect is breath taking. Cars a bit inconvenient but most are polite. Horse carriages are nice but also too much.
  • In the centre of the city is a beautiful palace with gardens incorporating an art collection including the famous Kiss painting by Klimpt. Restaurant is good for cooling drinks and lunch. Reasonable prices.
  • Beautiful palace. We got the classic ticket. The audio tour was informational and went along with the rooms well. However, there were so, so many people even with staggered times to enter the palace. The Grand tour wasn't that much different than the regular tour.
  • Wonderful piece of history. We've been three times, each time more has been restored. The gardens are magnificent and the wild ground squirrels made my day. There are also Lamas and Camels there. Altogether a wonderful day our.
  • Empress Elisabeth, or Sisi as she was called, was quite an interesting person, and the Hofburg Palace is where you will find the museum dedicated to her. Room after room of interesting objects to look at, you won't be disappointed. I was especially impressed with the fact that she had what I can only describe as gym or fitness equipment! There were even gymnastics rings like the ones you would see at the Olympics. She seems to have understood the link between exercise and wellbeing/good looks. She had a slender physique, and used both exercise and diet as tools to keep it that way. Impressive for someone who lived in the 19th century.