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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Michaelerkuppel | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43-1-533 75 70
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Ranked #12 of 315 Attractions in Vienna
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Museums, Art Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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 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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Phila, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Read up on Sisi and Franz Joseph before you go and you will enhance your visit. The palace is smaller than Schonbrunn but still worth seeing. There are a LOT of exhibits with china and silver that you can pick and choose what to spend time on to get to the meat of the visit. The Hofburg Complex is extensive... More

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Had a beautiful time at the palace, unfortunately the horse show only happens a few times a month and we didn't get to see it, buying tickets was a bit difficult as there are not many maps, but once inside it was well worth a look around.

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I had a chance to see the place during a conference. It is located primarily in the historic center and consists of a lot of different rooms of various sizes. It is very interesting that the state and the city hall rents a lot of important and historic sites to conference organisers and therefore visitors from all over the world... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Great place to explore and feel Vienna history. Audio guide is very useful. It's recommended to purchase the combined ticket for imperial apartment, imperial collection and Sisi museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

You cannot visit Vienna without seeing it, the building which now holds the national library is a breathtaking sight at night, wonderful tours available and great value, check opening days and times before you visit

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We thought we would spend an hour at the Imperial Treasury but did spent 3 hours. The audio tour was well worth it.

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Yes, the Hofburg Palace is huge, ornate and stately decorated. And yes, it has a long history of royalty, mystery and strange characters. And yes, if you've visited other palaces throughout Europe, it is just another palace. Hofburg is the old seat of government and Royalty in Austria. It is most well known for Empress Elizabeth, who married the king... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I just walked in the most romantic place in Vienna. It is lovely but at the same time enormous (well the Hasbourgs!!!) It took me about 2 hours to visit and see the whole collection of China etc.. The interpretation guide is really interesting. The staff are very helpful.

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We got the sisi ticket when we were there and it was definitely worth it. Who knew that the silver collection and table settings could be so massive and interesting. The apartments gave great insight into their lives during that time. Great audio guide that comes with the tour.

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The Cotswolds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We have been many times in the past, but not recently and were thrilled to see the Sisi Museum particularly. Do allow plenty of time to absorb so much splendour. The audio guide was very good.

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