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. By using our Vienna day trip planning site , you can arrange your visit to Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and other attractions in Vienna.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Must see! It's a magnificent, glorious chain of buildings! A lot of history. You can walk around or throw the arcs, because all the building are connecting with each other. Park is nice.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    For Cech has called for Justice c. k. monarchy specific charm. It is worth to go through each of the courtyard, but I recommend a visit to some of these exposures.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I personally liked. The tour was included in the Sisi ticket and it was worth it. Very particularly the porcelain Museum. The Council's visit with audio guide which explains the life and personality of Princess Sissi
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  • June 23, 2017
    Toured the Hofburg Palace from the outside during the day and went to a concert in the evening by the resident orchestra. It was wonderful! Mozart and Strauss done in opera, ballet, musical comedy and great classical music. The concert was in the former presentation room, all marble and crystal. Acoustics were absolutely perfect and for being surrounded by stone there was no echo. There are concerts held all over Vienna but if given the opportunity, immerse yourself in one in the Hofburg!
  • June 30, 2017
    The palace is a great place to visit, and you can learn lots of historical facts through the audio guide. However, I find the prices a bit too high. Also, in some parts of the palace get very crowded, and it's very difficult to move around, especially if you are in a group and need all the group members to stay together. I think they should let only a certain number of people in at the same time, in order for everyone to have enough room to move around.
  • June 18, 2017
    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!
  • June 26, 2017
    Beautiful. The audio guide was extremely helpful. The story was so sad about the empress. The rooms were beautifully appointed. It could have been a little cooler.
  • July 1, 2017
    Very interesting, the best parts for the emperor and Empress rooms. Included in your ticket is the metal Ware Museum( bit boring and the Sisy Museum (really interesting) and the rooms of the emperor and Empress ( amazing) it is a really nice Palace but out of all the ones I visited Schonbrunn was the best(The most stunning) but this one was good too.

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