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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: +43-1-533 75 70
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Type: Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: For centuries the Vienna Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg...
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Type: Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I last visited the Hofburg when I was 16 in 2000 so it was good to get a chance to visit it again and take my wife who was visiting Vienna for the first time. We each got the 11.50€ ticket which came with a free audioguide and takes you round the Silberkamer (the Imperial Silver Collection), the Sisi Museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Sisi's rooms were lovely. Definitely worth the trip. You can learn a lot form how they lived then and oh, that some of that was still around today!

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Glenhaven, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful piece of history, where we learnt so much about Franz Joseph and Sisi ( a rather poignant story). There are plenty of rooms housing cutlery, settings, gold items and then you go through the apartments ( in one room you see some gym equipment used by Sisi - a bit ahead of her time?). A very... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

According to Rick Steves this was the castle to visit while in Vienna, but I wasn’t impressed – it didn’t compare to some of the ones in Germany. There are three parts – the silver collection, the Sisi museum, and the apartments. The silver collection was a collection of all the dishes, silverware and other table ware used in the... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the emporers palace and a lot of ancilliaries are nearby, which have to be named seperately , e.g. Hofreitschule ( lippizaner horsestables), so depending on your time you can spend there weeks and see every day something different and all almost under one roof

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Franz Joseph's rooms for their simplicity and elegance. Empress Sisi's rooms and poetry. An extraordinary collection of porcelains and plates

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I really enjoyed seeing how the Emperor and his much talked about wife, Sisi, lived! The Imperial Porcelain and Silver Collection were to die for (great audioguide--bring your own headphones so you don't have to hold that thing up to your ear the entire time). Then off to the Sisi Museum, then the Imperial Apartments--wow!! I enjoy this type of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice museum with a good story to tell about Sisi. If you also want to visit Schonburn palace, buy the package ticket from here to avoid long queing in the entrance of Schornburn palace

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Really better than average but not very good. I really enjoyed learning more about the history and about Sissi. A real plus is that the tours are self-guided and at your own pace.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This place is definitely not a palace in the usual way of thinking, it is more like a campus of different palace buildings. Worth the visit to mill around the place though.

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