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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number: +43 1 5337570
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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Outstanding museum!

If you are seeking a real inside look at the Habsburg Imperial lifestyle, this is the place to visit! The Imperial apartments are well arranged with placards in English to explain... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are seeking a real inside look at the Habsburg Imperial lifestyle, this is the place to visit! The Imperial apartments are well arranged with placards in English to explain the mostly original furnishings and belongings of the Emperor's family. Do not miss the display rooms of Imperial China and tabletop items displayed!

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Grand, Splendid Site The Hapsburg legacy in Vienna is of such splendour and grandeur and extent that you must resist the trap of becoming complacent about what you’re seeing. The audio tour is informative, offers opportunities for additional information and provided some insight into aspects relating to the contrasting lifestyles of the work driven, “1st servant of Austria”, Kaiser France-Josef... More 

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A must see location in Viena, the palace is impressive! You can take horse carriages near the castle.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are people all over the place selling tickets for the shows here. If you are in Vienna you have to see a show here. the Hofburg itself is beautiful but to here amazing music hear is unforgettable.

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Some really lovely rooms and exhibits here. We did however find that some of the areas were very over crowded.

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We visited The Imperial Palace in the evening to see it lit up unfortunately it was surrounded by TV Vans and various hoardings rather dissapointing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the Museum and the Palace. The Museum has a very interesting collection of day to day objects, wonderful ones, from Pots to Silvery. The Palace you got an idea of how Sisi lived. Worth every penny.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful palace with great architecture and powerful historical background in the heart of Vienna. Both interesting inside and outside ;)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Imperial Palace is beautiful and impressive both from the outside and from within. I love the architectural details - it is impressive to realize how the Austrians maintained it in an impeccable shape throughout many years. It is particularly beautiful to view the lit building at night.

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Imperial. Very intresting stories. We saw a lit of things.Please note that audio guide is available in a lot of langueges. So ask about your language :) the vistit here was almost 3,5 hours.

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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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