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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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Massive in size, but not awe-inspiring.

Best seen at night. The outside areas are open to the public. It is not hard to imagine why Sisi felt confined and restrained in such a place. It is very formal in appearance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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South Easton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best seen at night. The outside areas are open to the public. It is not hard to imagine why Sisi felt confined and restrained in such a place. It is very formal in appearance. That formality is still reflected in the attire of citizens. The men wear clothing that is cut just to their frames. The women have nothing out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Hofburg presents the history of the Habsburgs very well indeed. The Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and the silver collection were fascinating and beautifully displayed. The audio guides gave just the right amount of information so there is no need for a guided tour. My partner and I found this palace more interesting than Schonbrunn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good morning spent using the free audio guide, wandering through the gorgeous rooms. Also saw the silver collection and the Sisi museum, on a joint 'Sisi' ticket which is great value for money. Take you time to look at small details such as some of the wall coverings etc in some of the rooms, there are many small things... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place and the imperial treasury should be right at the top of your Vienna "to do list". Not one to miss out on.

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Thank Dave_A1923
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the Hofburg Imperial Palace and spent the whole day there. Took a guided tour of the Sisi apartments, superb guide, she went into every detail and dispelled a number of myths Regarding Sisi ! Also went on a tour of the State Silver collection, breathtaking ! Such wealth ! On the Wednesday saw the Lipizzaner stallions training, somewhat disappointed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Highly recommended. We didn't have to wait in any queues to do a very similar tour to the one offer at Schönbrunn Palace. The building is stunning and the tour is interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a Saturday and it was a little crowded, we had a pushchair but the staff were great is getting us into the lift and around the palace. Split into many sections, the treasury was the best part.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is worth to pay a visit however you should arrive early otherwise you may miss some of the attractions within the Hofburg complex. Moreover give yourself little time to relax in the grand compound where you may find some local artiste displaying some unique skills.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited here on the last day of our trip to Vienna. It was difficult finding the entrance, there are essentially many museums here. In the end, we viewed the silver collection, Sisi exhibition and the Royal apartments - which I think is what most people visit. It represented good value at 9 euros each. The exhibits in the silver... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went on a tour of the imperial apartments - before which you go through all the imperial plateware. The work is exquisite but most people just ran through it. There is an audio guide which I was told was excellent, but I didn't have as I was on limited time. But definitely gives you a comprehensive history of the... 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.