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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 399 attractions in Vienna
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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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Audio guide provides a new take on European history, and palace shows the excesses, vanities, and opulance of another era. A learning experience on royalty.

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This Palace is more of a Italian architect and beautiful. Its huge and need at least 2 hrs. Behind this is a butterfly park and worth a visit

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Valley Forge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is among the great palaces of Europe. The Hofburgs ruled up until the end of WW1 in the style of the great dynasties of Europe. The Spanish Riding School just next to the palace apartment.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I expected to see more examples of how the royal families lived. I did enjoy seeing their china, serving utensils, and other fancy kitchenware, but I wanted to see more rooms and decor that showed more about their life. It's worth a short visit.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We took the three part tour this morning and enjoyed it thoroughly. We breezed through the silverware collection as it is interesting but quite extensive. The Sisi Museum and the Royal Apartments on the second floor are well worth the time. We look forward to viewing the Sisi Trilogy starring Romy Schneider from 50 or so years ago when we... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were slightly disappointed. The Hofburg Palace buildings are extensive, but with the ticket one can only see a fee exhibits. If you are in to silvery dinner plates and dresses, then perhaps this tour will be exciting. The exhibit next to the library, which is part of the fine arts museum ticket was interesting if you are a military... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The 2nd floor with the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments is far more interesting than the excessivt collection of silverware, plates, bowls, and centerpieces downstairs, so make sure you have enough time left when you get to the interesting parts!

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

As part of a tour we were taken to the Hofburg to see a concert. We joined in excess of two thousand patrons on a warm night in a huge hall to watch almost two hours of enjoyable music from Mozart, Strauss and others, plus five opera singers. We were seated in the back quarter of the hall on a... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

What an absolutely amazing building. The history and amazing structures are everywhere. Bir hard to describe one building as it nearly relate to many others. This is incredible to say the least. I would advise that if you want to see these buildings and monuments use a Gide.

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melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

When you tour the Princess Elizabeth (Sissi) apartments in the Imperial Palace and learn of her beauty, solitary character, unhappiness and assassination, you can compare Sissi and Diana. Was Sissi Diana's double? Were they both princesses by chance. Check it out. Recently, Sissi was the subject of an opera in Vienna. You writing one on Diana, aren't you? PS. The... More

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