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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: +43-1-533 75 70
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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 the palace.After visiting Versailles you always compare...this was another palace among others in Europe. And even though there was an exhibition running with the clothes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This is the palace.After visiting Versailles you always compare...this was another palace among others in Europe. And even though there was an exhibition running with the clothes that Sissi had worn, I can tell that is was pure and I didn't like the fact that the clothes were replicas..The ticket could cost less.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We went to Vienna and roamed around for a day. We decided to go to the Imperial Palace Museum. So far this museum (and I guess ONLY one!) that I've known that let you take pictures inside. Unlike MET in NYC and American museum of Natural History, I find this museum very tourist friendly. I love the collections of armors,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The collection of porcelain/silver was very attractive, but probably a niche interest. The Sissi Museum was wonderfully informative about a figure from history that I knew little about. However, the visit was marred by a large school party (NOT AUSTRIAN) that seemed to have no interest in the place whatsoever and spent its time larking about, shoving people around and... More 

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Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The visit to the complex and gardens is free, if you want to visit the museums or the imperial apartments, has to pay. The complex is beautiful, shows the greatness of Vienna. It is a very tourist area. Will see stops carriages in the square as if they were taxis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

we took combined ticket for sisi museum+silver ornment+cuttelery and we paid 12.5 euro per person audio included. we visit 70 unbelievable rooms . to reach the palace you'd better to go to museum quarter by metro than passing through the two cimetric building worth to see the national history museumalso.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This palace seems to have gotten added on to every time there was a new ruler so more wings were added trying to top the last one. The Lipenzine horse stable (does not look like a stable) is right next to palace

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Visiting the palace will give you an insight on the history of Austria. I've visited both the palace and the summer residence. It is pretty similar and nice to visit. The advantage of visiting the palace is its proximity to the other sights. The advantage of the summer residence is the hike around the sprawling area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We booked for the Hofburg to see the Imperial Treasury , only to find that we had inadvertently booked for the Sisi and the Silver Collection, and although they are all in the same complex, the Treasury is under completely separate management with separate ticketing. Having got to the right place ,finally , the highlight of this section is the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

One of the few areas in Vienna that seems "rough edged". There seems to be some repair going on, but between the weathering, and the park traffic, the entire complex seems old...this is an interesting feel for old Vienna, which at every other turn seems like it was just revealed from construction, clean and pristine. The charm of this feel... More 

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El Calafate, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Huge complex of buildings!!! That was an empire!!! Very impressive. Not every place is open to the public but don't miss what you can see.

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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 center. 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.