Kaiserappartements, Vienna: Hours, Address, Kaiserappartements Reviews: 4/5

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The area
Neighborhood: Inner City
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.
How to get there
  • Herrengasse • 3 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 5 min walk

231 reviews
Very good

Michael Adamidis 🇬🇷
Kastoria, Greece6,347 contributions
Nov 2019
astonishing architecture as the whole city center of vienna but this part is with neoclassic and baroque buildings and worhts the visit.
Written November 15, 2019
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Beirut, Lebanon2,212 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Included in the Hosburg palace tickets.
Visit Duration: 30 minutes.
The importance of this part of the complex is to understand the personalities of the Emperor Franz Joseph and the Empress Elizabeth.

The areas open to public are just a tiny part of the entire complex. This area includes 24 rooms. Emperor Franz Joseph and "Sisi" lived here with their children we of the family had their own apartments or suites in one of the numerous palace wings.

The rooms are in the Rococo style, with magnificent chandeliers made from Bohemian crystal.

The tour begins in the rooms where the Emperor Franz Joseph slept and worked, and takes you through these rooms:
Audience waiting room, The audience chamber, Conference room, Emperor study room, His bedroom, Large and small salon.

The work ethic and sense of responsibility that guided Franz Joseph throughout his life are reflected by his office and room.

Then you reach Empress Elisabeth's Apartments that include her sumptuous Living Room, widely regarded as the prettiest of the Hofburg's many rooms and serving both as a living room and bedroom. Among sisi's apartment you can visit Her sitting room / bedroom, Dressing room featuring its own fitness equipment, like two rings hanging incongruously under a doorway, Lavatory, Bathroom, The Bergl rooms, Large and small salon.

The visit ends at the Dining Room famous for its opulently laid table rich décor and Flemish artwork representing the heroic deeds of Hercules.
Written January 26, 2019
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Minnesota2,784 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
The Hofburg Imperial Apartments is last of the trio of museums (see separate reviews for the Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection) found in the complex and entered with a single admission ticket. The living quarters somewhat logically reflect the times of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth although 2,500 people lived and worked in the building over almost 600 years. The layout follows a common sense progression, with the Emperor’s Staircase leading to audience waiting rooms and chambers, a conference room, study, and the numerous personal rooms of the Emperor and Empress. A few rooms occupied by Czar Alexander during the Congress of Vienna and used for guests round out the collection. The audioguide extends coverage here in the usual thorough fashion. Highlights of the experience included the dining room and, somewhat obviously, Sisi’s exercise room.

This was a decent enough experience but as someone who has seen more than his share of royal residences (London, Munich, Moscow, Berlin, etc.) things did seem a bit routine here and it was a bit of a disappointment compared to the two museums preceding it. I didn’t regret passing through and in fact you literally have to given the layout but the experience wasn’t an indelible one. Worth a quick walk-through for those with previous knowledge, others may want to spend more time here.
Written February 15, 2018
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Denton, TX1,521 contributions
Sep 2019
You can get a combination ticket for the Sisi museum and the tour of the royal apartments or you can do them individually at a slightly higher cost. This is a very good tour of the royal apartments. It is somewhat similar to the one in Schonbrunn so you can either do them both or choose one.
You could easily spend 1/2 a day or more in the Hofburg.
Written February 23, 2020
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,872 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
The state apartments are where Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth lived and worked during the winter months. The tour provides an insight into their lifestyle and habits and also provides a glimpse into the etiquette and protocol.

This is a must see if you are interested in imperial history.
Written July 27, 2019
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Sugar Land, TX3,484 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Imperial apartments (Kaiserappartements) were the residence of the Habsburg royal dynasty for over 600 years. They lived here practically year around except in summer, when they moved to Schonbrunn Palace.

These lavish, Versailles-type royal rooms are the part of your visit to Hofburg Palace. Smart to buy a combi ticket for 29.90 euros "Sisi ticket" which covers a porcelain/silver collection, a museum dedicated to the troubled Empress Sisi and the luxurious apartments themselves. Your combi-ticket may use in different days during one week since you got it. Ticket includes helpful audioguide (mention your language) which brings the exhibit to life.

Getting there: Enter from under the rotunda just off Michaelerplatz, through the Michaelertor gate.
Length of this tour: visit each of these three museums takes approx 40-45 minutes and depend on people traffic

But our interest for today is how lived here the Emperor Franz Josef, the last ruler of Austria and his wife Sisi, which became an icon in country after her tragic death.
You will see 19 rooms such as official audience room, bedrooms, Empress' dressing and exercise room and the most elegant dining room with its splendidly decked table, etc. Officially is not allowed an any kind of photography in Imperial Apartments, but you can take a photo in silver collection rooms. No regret about my visit this place but to be absolutely honest I liked Schonbrunn Palace more. The big plus that this museum is located in center of old city and if you would like to explore Vienna and its history, you will be in this location anyway.
Written January 11, 2019
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Zahra S
Antwerp, Belgium191 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
The Sissi Museum/Kaiserappartementen is as museums should be. The line went pretty quick (we went at 11am). The people who work there were nice.

We took the audioguide, though we were lucky that they were available in a language we spoke (the english ones weren’t available). it is very interestingly told: interesting information and not too much detail. If the audio guides aren’t available there’s a written brochure.

You can sort of choose your own tempo so that’s nice as well (sometimes it goes a bit slower because of the many visitors).

Even if you’re not a fan of Sissi, I would recommend this museum.

Written August 8, 2018
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Caloundra, Australia4,643 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Visited on Tuesday 10th October. When you are at the Hofburg you must allow time to have a look at the Kaiser Apartments there.
Written January 1, 2018
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Sunny E
259 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
If you want to see the imperial rooms you also have to see the silver collection and the Sisi museum. Hence, it is a bit pricey (~13€) if you are not interested in those. (The Sisi museum is okay, the silver collection is impressive at first but gets very boring soon.)
Naturally, the whole museum is crowded, which is not great in summer, especially as the rooms are not air conditioned and some not even aired (fan, open window) at all. I felt dizzy at some times during my stay. The audio guide has much room for improvement. We've already visited quite some castles in Germany, Austria and elsewhere in Europe and felt that the information given was very superficially. The political circumstances of the time are treated very marginally - so the audiguide hardly offers anything new if you have already seen a few castle/palaces...
Written August 9, 2017
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Wellington47 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
The rooms are displayed with original furnishings and it is so interesting to get a glimpse into how the imperial family lived. It is well laid out, very good value for money and an audio guide is included. Highly recommended. The whole area is very historic and goes back 600 years! Also the cafe had lovely coffee and cakes - which made an ideal place for a break.
Written June 3, 2016
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