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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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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Following the footsteps of the Hapsburgs

My favourite part was the Sissi Museum ... the rooms and rooms of table settings set the scene of decadence and money. The audio guide guides you through Sissi's life and gives... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My favourite part was the Sissi Museum ... the rooms and rooms of table settings set the scene of decadence and money. The audio guide guides you through Sissi's life and gives you a good glimpse into what it was like for her. Would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This was fabulous. The whole complex is gorgeous and well worth a visit but you need plenty of time as some of the museums take 2 1/2 hours to go around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the Imperial Palace rooms of Franz Josef and Sissi following the tour of the Sissi Museum, so each helped the other to be appreciated more. The information on the audio guide was quite good...better than our live guide the day before. Sometimes it seems that all of the royal palaces "look alike"... and sometimes they do...but this one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It's a must. This is the location where you see most. A good place to walk and ride the tram (for free) if you have the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A lovely way to spend the day while visiting Vienna. The palace and museum give a glimpse into the life of the rich and famous (of the time).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Library or treasury, spanish horse parade or just walk in any of the parks next to it, Hofburg is an excellent point of navigation. Rathaus Platz, Volksgarden, Mariahilfer Strasse, Parlament, even the famous Sacher Hotel are all in few minutes of walk. Planning further? All the underground, tram, bus are also leaving from a few hundred meters. The Palace itself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is good to learn a bit about Sisi wife of Franz Joseph.It is well laid out and easy to see all the exhibition.It doesnot take to much time to go round.Not best for youngsters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Superbly presented and with an excellent audio guide as part of the entry ticket. Wonderful displays and a fascinating description of the sad life of Empress Elizabeth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Great exhibits and an interesting tour through the Palace. Some sad stories about the lives of the people who lived there. Would recommend taking the time to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This was my favorite experience in Vienna. I loved visiting the palace and seeing the exhibits. They have done a beautiful job of maintaining the palace and make it very easy to tour. While it is a bit costly, we paired this ticket with the Schoebrunn and it was worth it. We toured it without a group or a guide... More 

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Address: Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: +43-1-533 75 70
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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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.