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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Michaelerkuppel | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43-1-533 75 70
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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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Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I was very happy to visit the Hofburg, even without entering the Sisi Museum. The Treasury is definitely money well spent! Of course, I was quite lucky to be there early on a weekday, I am sure weekends would be way too crowded! ONE issue: when going to a toilet, the gentleman looking after them followed me into the empty... More

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Cardiff, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We had Vienna Cards which allowed us to buy discounted “Sisi tickets”, saving €2.50pp and these give access to the Hofburg, the Grand Tour of Schonbrunn Palace and the Imperial Furniture Collection museum. We arrived reasonably early and when we got to the ticket booths, there were no queues. It was the same when we got to the palace entrance... More

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Newburgh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The tour is self-guided but the quarters are a little cramped and larger groups can tend to hold up the line a bit. All in all it was a nice way to spend a couple hours. You'll see the elaborate lifestyle of the Hapsburg family...it is beyond imagination.

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Columbus, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The museum was very crowded and did not have a lot of clothes or access to a lot of the rooms. I recommend going to see the Treasury instead.

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Granite Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The museum winds in and out of art, fine dishes, jewelry and a sample of the housing of the time. It can get quite crowded in places. Be patient. It is all worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Imperial Apartements tour was interesting and informative. Worth going. However, be prepared for really narrow pathways and too hot temps inside. There was too much pushing and shoving. Plus, never ever go to the outdoor WC ticket window courtyard. The lady attendant taking people's money for the pay WC is a scam artist, skimming €. She really should get fired... More

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Palace is very elegant like the rest of Vienna! Wow definitely woth the visit! Recommend buying the combo ticket which included the Schonbrunn Palace as one can avoid the long wait at the ticket office in Schonbrunn

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Beautiful exterior of the building with lovely statues, magnificent interior and Imperial treasure exhibition worth seeing.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There is so much information about the Hapsburgs that one looses track once home, the way we remembered this palace was it was the winter residence. It is a jewel among the diverse architecture that was home to the first Hapsburg emperor to the last. We were fortunate to have booked a guide while in Vienna that was very well... More

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cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We visited the Sisi musuem and the Spanish Riding School. The Sisi musuem was brilliant. It gave you an insight into the life of Sisi and Joseph and of course you visit the state apartments. The spanish riding school was closed for the main show in August but we visited the training session instead. The horses was awesome and even... More

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