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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

| Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43-1-533 75 70
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Ranked #13 of 310 Attractions in Vienna
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Museums, Art Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Museums, Art Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Go early and buy tickets for entrance into the Imperial apartments before all the large tour busses arrive. Well worth the time. Extravagant indulgence is the best way I can describe it. Makes you wonder what it would've been like living there. Make sure you get the audio guide so you know what you're looking at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Vienna's Imperial Palace was the former seat of the Habsburg's power. Nowadays it is home of National Library, Imperial Treasury and Museum of Ethnography.

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Gyor, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Imperial Palace is one of my favorite place in the center of the city. Not just the building, but the whole environment is amazing. If you visiting in winter, you'll also see a mini christmas fair there.

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This was a must-see on our Vienna list, but was actually a bit disappointing after visiting Schoenbrunn Palace. The self-guided tour starts with a significant selection of imperial dinner services and plate, then onto the Sisi Museum and the State Rooms. The Sisi Museum was very crowded (and we confess here that we didn't much like the personality of Sisi... More 

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Maynooth, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

If you go to Vienna a visit to the Hofburg is a must... It says so much about the history of the city

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Fethiye, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

WOW....what a truly wonderful place. The tour inside was worth every Euro. The inside was breathtaking and the story of Sissi so interesting. We spent a truly wonderful 3 hours here. The whole complex is just lovely - the buildings all around stunning

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This palace is impressive considering it is in the inner city! Home to the Spanish Riding School too. Definitely worth a wander round and is a useful short cut through from the Rathaus to Stephansplatz area.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We had limited time in Vienna but this was on my list of 'must sees'. We didn't pay to go into the apartments or the Spanish Riding School, but we meandered around the complex, taking in the buildings and the horse and carriages cantering by. It was a really enjoyable (and free) afternoon. There are lovely park areas to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately our time did not allow us to view the inside. That being said I am so glad we got to at least view the palace from the outside. It is beautiful and set around other equally grand buildings. It is especially beautiful at night when it glows. Worth seeing even if you are short on time as we were.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Too hands-off and corporate for my liking - not allowed to touch the horses, or photograph anything in the riding school. The performances were very expensive and you need to be careful about whether you have a decent view or not... It was wonderful to see the horses perform 'at home' and the stable tour is really worthwhile, but it... More 

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