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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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Bought a ticket at the Schonbrunn that covered entrance to both venues and thoroughly enjoyed this the day after. Long tour of silver and other treasures but interesting history... read more

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Bought a ticket at the Schonbrunn that covered entrance to both venues and thoroughly enjoyed this the day after. Long tour of silver and other treasures but interesting history and tour of the house. Far better organisation of the ticketing etc. than at Schonbrunn. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very interesting spot for me. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the rooms of the palace. It was like a flash back in time to see and imagine how the Royal families lived inside the walls of such a place. Fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Like all the palaces the wealth factor enormous gold work and pompously lavish.... history of family interesting and also quite alarming to what went on

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hofburg Palace is a must-see in the sense that if you have limited time, or do not want to visit too many places, then this is a good option to get a good sense of Viennese history and culture in a quick capsule.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a splendid palace. We attended the Coffee Makers Ball there on friday 17th February. The grandeur of the place was worth seeing and to wander round made you feel as though you belonged to the Hapsburg world of the 18th-19th centuries. Worth returning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

lovely building and part of the inner block of must see buildings in central Vienna. Looks great at night too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We all know Sissy from the Audrey Hepburn films. That's only half the story, but I won't spoil that. For guys: skip the dresses, don't listen to all audio explanations and you're done in 30ish minutes. Worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Vienna's Imperial Palace, the Hofburg, was for centuries the seat of the Habsburgs, rulers of Austria until the end of WWI. A great deal of European history was written here, in particular by Empress Maria and, for a while, the German Emperor (today, it's the official seat of the Austrian Head of State, the Federal President). The complex is particularly interesting as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful architecture, impressive building, we visited the library, looked into Albertine, Sisi Museum

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An iconic building in Vienna. I loved the curved shape of the building. It is a lovely building in the day and night. There is plenty to do around this area. There is a map outside which gives you the details.

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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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