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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
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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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The Hofburg is in the old historic center of Vienna. This was the palace that the Emperors and Empresses used as their office. Schonbrunn palace is outside the old city and was... read more

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Oosterbeek, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Hofburg is in the old historic center of Vienna. This was the palace that the Emperors and Empresses used as their office. Schonbrunn palace is outside the old city and was more of a family home. Many rooms inside the Hofburg and Schonbrunn are very similar, so if you need to chose one, I'd take the Hofburg because it... More 

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On the road again
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is where the authentic original "Sacher Torte" came from. Expensive and super sweet. I don't know if this is the best one as there are so many places baking them now a lot to me seem just as good but you decide. If getting the original is important on your bucket list then go here and get a slice... More 

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Galicia, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is very nice to visit the whole palace complex outside, but it isn't worth a visit inside unless you are a "Sissi fan".

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Ashdod
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Sisi apartments and the silver rooms are boring and plain with no historical value. Think twice before you commit your money 12:50 euros a ticket no discount for the elderly

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Piece of history worthy of a vistit in Vienna. The place is much more appreciated in spring and summer.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a magnificent palace! The museums, the Spanish Riding School, the ballrooms! If you are there during "ball season" 31 Dec - Ash Wednesday you should attend one of the many balls hosted there.

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Impossible to imagine any family living in these opulent rooms. it was like a small city of its own. I think the audioguide said the population with family, administrative staff and servants was 500+. The array of copper pans, silverware, dishes was well displayed and the audioguide very helpful. Mozart's emperor Joseph II grew up here. Thankfully he liked music... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

All in all a must see, even if the Queen was not so loved during her lifetime. Gives you an insight of how (royal) life was back then, the customs, the food, the furniture. Very nice if you are a history fan. The audio guide is offered in a lot of languages, found it very useful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The state apartment great and full of history. the audio tour give you an insite to the whole experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful china settings and silver from the Royal household. Great to wander and see the ceramics and decorative pieces.

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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.