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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Michaelerkuppel | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43-1-533 75 70
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As featured in 3 days in Vienna
Ranked #11 of 295 attractions in Vienna
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Castles, Specialty Museums, Museums, Military Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: For centuries the Vienna Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg empire. Today the palace houses three museums which afford historically authentic... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

In the middle of the city center, this is a must do if you are visiting Vienna.. take the audio tour for its very honest account of Princess Elizabeth's (Sisi's) life!

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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is a must see attraction in Vienna. It is very amazing and full of decorations and has a huge very beautiful garden

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This was an okay way to spend a rainy day, but you would hardly miss much if you didn't go. The whole experience concentrates on one queen, Sisi, and her story. Like the rest of the Habsburgs were side players...

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cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Well worth a visit, really interesting. Leave at least 2hrs to look around, there is loads to see. Good for families also ,costumes,ceramics , gold and silver ware .

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We enjoyed the tour although it does take many hours if you are really going to listen and explore everything. The optional audio player really helps to understand what you are seeing and helps you to place the information in its historical context.

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Asini, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It is one of the first stops to make in Vienna. The Hofburg hosts tours of the Imperial Apartments and tells the story of Princess Sissi, including a collection of her dresses. Outside in an annex building there is the Spanish School of Horse Riding, also worth seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Sisi Museum is very well done and gives you an insight into the less glamorous side of life as royalty. The audio tour is a must. The treasury is disappointing. The focus is on clerical robes and religious articles, not the crowns and jewels you may be expecting. Try the apple strudel in the cafe. Very tasty.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It's a beautiful palace both inside and out. If you take the self-guided tour the audio guide gives you A LOT of information and it can be hard to take in if it is crowded in the rooms and another tour guide comes in giving a speech to another group. For this reason maybe wait for a tour guide to... More

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The guided tour is the same price as the self-guided tour, so it pays to be patient and wait for the starting time of the next guided tour. The palace itself is nice--maybe not as nice as Buckingham or Versailles, but they're all much nicer than anything non-royalty have enjoyed in those eras. The Hofburg palace features a long and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Visited the palace. It is spectacular. We took the short tour as were pressed for time. We took advantage of the guided tour. It is easy to follow. You get an opportunity to see how the upper class lived and socialized. The curators made sure that you got a real sense of clothing that was worn, furniture that was used... More

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