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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
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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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Lots to see. You pay per room you want to visit. Great free audio guide in Susi museum and apartments. We also went to see the horses train and found it very expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots to see. You pay per room you want to visit. Great free audio guide in Susi museum and apartments. We also went to see the horses train and found it very expensive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautifully gaudy residence of Emperor Franz Josef I and his vain wife,Sisi. Interesting to see the dishes, clothing, furniture that they used, but also shows that money will not buy you happiness (especially for Sisi).

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Franklin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kept hearing Schoenbrunn was tops. Not in our book. Thought it exceeded the cattle hearding at Schoenbrunn. It was a self guided tour and we were the only ones there early when it opened. Schoenbrunn was fun and nice but because of the size didn't have the same charm as the Imperial palace. It is a must see.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Like the Opera House and so many other places in Vienna, this is one of the places you must visit when you are there. the entire experience is almost overwhelming and you need to plan ahead and try to go when there are not so many tours groups.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can't say you've been to Vienna unless you visit the Hofburg. We bought our combined Sisi tcket which including entrance to the Hofburg, the Imperial Furniture Collection and Schönbrunn Palace on-line before we went which meant we avoided most of the queues. Inside the Hofburg we visited the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take time to visit this place. Take a tour of emperors castle private quarters and surroundings of palace. One breathes history while there..its in the air all the grandeur and importance of dynasty..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the Treasury, Sisi' clothes and history and the highlight was the beautiful Horses at the Spanish Riding School. Not to be missed. Gardens filled with roses, carriage rides. History to die for.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One can find here the treasure of the Habsburgic emperors and a lot of paintings.Highly recomended if you are looking for a cultural holiday, if not, go hit the shops.I liked the armors and the jewelery, but the palace is big and ofers a cultural" bath" for every visitor.Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting to see the Sisi museum and apartments of the beloved Empress Sisi whom was murdered. This museum is located in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna - also a stunning sight. The majority of the museum shows the silver and dishware collection which is quiet large! The most interesting part is seeing the apartments upstairs and learning the history.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Hofburg Palace takes some getting your head around. It is massive, extravagant and overpowering I guess that's what the Hapsburgs were looking for. The place is filled with opulent art works, sculptors and artefacts it is so easy to miss the surroundings as you walk through them. It could take a full day and you would still miss masses.... More 

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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.