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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: +43-1-533 75 70
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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Incredibly ornate inside and out, the Hofburg provides an insight into imperial life as it was lived in the 18th and 19th centuries A life style long gone). Wonderful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Incredibly ornate inside and out, the Hofburg provides an insight into imperial life as it was lived in the 18th and 19th centuries A life style long gone). Wonderful.

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Really well organised and very good audio guide. It was interesting and full of new things to learn about Susi and her family. A lot of silver, porcelain but also impressive clothing and furniture. The best we visited in Vienna

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you don't know it already, one of the last Empresses of the Austrian Empire, Elizabeth, nicknamed "Sisi" is a bit of a cult figure. She was married to Franz Joseph and was acclaimed as one of the most beautiful women of her age. She had ankle length hair that was attended to every day for 2-3 hours. She was... More 

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Extremely well presented three areas which included the silver room, the Sisi story and the Hofburg rooms. Impressive collection from that important era. We went through the silver collection without spending too much time to read. Would have liked to spend more time there. So you have the Sisi story which then feeds into the royal palace rooms. You get... More 

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There is an impressive collection of silver, gold and porcelain accumulated over many centuries, the beautiful gardens and buildings and the amazing state rooms. All of these were accessible to us using a wheelchair and the staff were so helpful. We also saw the famous Lipizzaner horses. There is so much history about the palace and so many things to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We'd bought a Sisi ticket that allowed us an untimed entry to Schoenbrunn Palace and also included entry to the Hofburg. Because I am fascinated with Sisi, I found I really enjoyed this Palace more than the Schoenbrunn as it covered more about her. There is a lot to see though and it can become overwhelming. I wasn't interested in... More 

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Southwest Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the best sightseeing places in Vienna. You can just walk from the city centre to the imperial palace in around 20 minutes. The outside is as outstanding as the inside with the museums.

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The Imperial Palace (Hofburg) located in the first District, central in the Vienna city, it's a important interesting place in the city, beautiful building, a lot of interesting thing around there, many people come to visit!

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the detail and architecture is amazing you could spend hours just looking at the sculptures.We took in a Mozart concert at the Palfry Palace just round the corner.Bought the tickets from a street salesman for half the price of the booking office.great show

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The palace is just another example of Vienna's history and culture. It was amazing to walk around and see the detailed architecture.

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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.
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