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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

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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Beautiful and fascinating history of Empress Elizabeth

We toured the Imperial apartments and museum with an audio guide. The visual was so beautiful and the historical information about the Empress was fascinating! There is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Davie, Florida

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We toured the Imperial apartments and museum with an audio guide. The visual was so beautiful and the historical information about the Empress was fascinating! There is a tremendous sized display of gorgeous porcelain china and silver. This was originally a castle circa 13th century. Currently, this is the office of the President of Austria and an important congress center.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm very impressed with the Imperial Palace and especially the facts and stories about the Empress Elizabeth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great insight to monarchy period and their lifestyle. Superbly presented, both the logistics and the history behind people.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My dad and I visited the palace on our first day in Vienna, and we were not disappointed. It is a great way to learn about Empress Elizabeth, Franz Joseph and Maria Theresa. Beautiful palace with a rich history and culture. Definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a wonderful glimpse into the life and times of the Imperial family. What an impressive collection of items and facts to begin to understand their daily lives.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are several combinations of tickets: make your choice depending on your budget and lenght of your stay in Vienna. Most of the visits are time consummimg if you really want to enjoy the museums and monuments. I visited the Kaiser appartments, the Sissi museum and the silver collection (one single ticket for the three spots). Do not forget to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Imperial Palace definitely fits to the Emperors :)) It has many different parts you would like to visit. Think well before you buy the tickets in order not to miss discounts.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is included in the Vienna Pass. The silver section has various items of silverware, porcelain dinner services and table linen. Unless you're particularly interested in ceramics, a quick walk-through is probably enough and I ended up skipping some bits of the audio guide. There was an interesting 30m table centrepiece, and quite a range of different plates like Imperial,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Th Palace ground kinda remind me of Central Park in NYC. The Palace stands out and looks across to the monument on the hill. The Zoo is right next door. The tour through the Palace was very nice. I wish we could have taken pictures. It is the Versailles of Austria.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Too many gold to see...luxury anyway! Ticket is also necessary... No photos to be taken... Items signs are in german


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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.