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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
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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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Worth a stop if you are in Vienna

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... read more

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Berkley, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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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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Really the highlight of each Vienna trip is to see the imperial palace, the treasury and the spanish horse riding school. All of that is this palace. See the Sisi museum where you can find out how this winter palace was established, see the furniture and see the history of this country, that once upon a time was the biggest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The imperial apartments in the Hofburg were as spectacular as those at Schonbrunn (but somehow also a bit more austere). We did not enjoy the Sisi Museum, though which you have to pass to get to the apartments, though. And the imperial silver collection was impressive. Take your time going through the apartments. Best NOT to take a tour of... More 

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Imperial palace in city center good for museum visit (Sisi museum, riding, etc) and walking in the park. Near is the statue of Mozart

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We decided to book this tour as we feared we might otherwise spend more time here and possibly not get the main points. We were pleased we did. The tour lasts about an hour and we felt that, certainly for our purposes, it was sufficient. We learnt about the life of Sisi (an early Princess Diana in many ways) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Imperial Hofburg Palace is really a "must see " in Vienna. The remains of erstwhile empire remain grand even today, tinged with the tragic life of the former Empress "Sissi "

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Watch and enjoy the great concert at the imperial palace tonight It was a concept of Strauss and Mozart music Great job for the orchestra

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be prepared to poke around here for a few hours. We did see the apartments, the Imperial Jewels and had also pre-booked tickets for the Lippizaner horse show. Loved it all. Lots to take in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The visit of this impressive complex, still used for representative political or scientific purposes, is worth in every means. Perfectly maintained gardens, buildings renovated on highest standrads

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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.