Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien

Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien

Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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In view of the current situation, restricted opening hours will apply at the Imperial Treasury Vienna from Monday 2 November 2020 until Sunday 28 March 2021. Awaiting you at the Imperial Treasury Vienna in the Hofburg Palace is the Austrian Imperial Crown and the insignia of the Holy Roman Empire with the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance. Other highlights include the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece and parts of the immensely opulent treasure of the Dukes of Burgundy from the 15th century. Also on show is the original jewellery of Empress Elisabeth and legendary treasures such as the agate bowl associated with the Holy Grail, the world’s largest cut emerald, and the »horn« of the mythical unicorn.
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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 • 4 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 6 min walk
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BazzaBear34
Fareham, UK195 contributions
Sep 2022
Bucket list item to see The Spear of Destiny which is part of the Crown Jewels. We finally reached Vienna as part of a APT ( Travel Marvel) Rhine Cruise. Our first day in Vienna was a Tuesday and I had not read the web site info fully and seen that they are closed on a Tuesday. Fortunately there was second day in Vienna so after another trip in the morning we floated through the rain back to the Palace. As most of the Palace is still in Government usage it is not most the inactively exhibition to find but wit minimal queuing we were in. Much to my amusement both of us as seniors. The reasonable price has option of audio devices but by that time we were audited out so had more of a voyage of discovery.
Written October 5, 2022
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia3,607 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Visiting this museum is a dream come true for me. Since young I was exposed to the Holy Roman Empire history from encyclopaedia and illustrated history books. So I have been familiar with the regalia but always longed to see the real items. The opportunity only arose now, many decades later.

Adult ticket costs EUR12 but I also paid an extra EUR4 for the guide. It was EUR4 well spent.

The young guide, Benjamin was a font of knowledge who not only explained the background history of the items on display but he also brought with him a tablet that has pictures of things that are not visible to naked eyes and definitely can't be obtained purely from the placards beneath the items. For example letters that read as X RIST on the agate plate, purportedly appear magically on certain Sundays and holy pictures made from hummingbird feathers with technology learned from Mexico but now lost.

There was also an early evidence of cultural appropriation in the form of a mantle worn by the HRE Emperors during coronation which was weaved by Arab weavers in Palermo for the Norman kings of Sicily but was later acquired by Hohenstaufen emperors who added it to the HRE regalia. The mantle has still visible Arabic words which was an irony considering the HRE was the bulwark of Christendom against marauding Arabs and later Turks.

Also on display were items related to Jesus's cruxificion including the Holy Lance and a piece of Holy Nail as well as a part of the Holy Cross. They were previously stored in a jewel-encrusted golden cross which was also on display.

All in all I was satisfied with the exhibited items. The museum size itself is not big but the items on display are unique and priceless.
Written January 11, 2020
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David D
1,018 contributions
Sep 2021
Here one can see a host of relics, including the supposed Holy Lance, Holy Grail (kind of), part of the True Cross etc., as well as the supposed horn of a unicorn. Many of these relics are enclosed in spectacular reliquaries and even if one does not believe in the relics, the artistry of the reliquaries can be enjoyed. The museum also contains the second largest emerald in the world, as well as the crown of Rudolf II, and the much older crown of the Holy Roman Empire.
Written September 15, 2021
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dyhx
Singapore3,347 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
So secretive it took me a few turns to find it. So secretive the doors are made vault-like. So secretive everything is set in such dim lights I almost feel asleep, if not because I was walking around.

A collection of the Emperor's prized collections, including a 'Unicorn horn' and displays of all their luxurious robes for various purposes. Some pieces were really delicate, depicting different expressions even. OK to visit if you've nothing else to do, otherwise you don't miss much anyway.

Vienna City Card gets you a EUR1 discount off the entrance fee here.
Written November 22, 2022
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Philip P
Los Angeles, CA71 contributions
Nov 2019
We spent a couple of hours admiring amazing jewels! Crowns, scepters, all types of royal accessories! The collection tells a history of royalty, power, and wealth. Truly a wonderful collection. Austria is lucky to have such an amazing collection available and accessible to so many visitors.
Written February 8, 2020
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8636travel
Barboursville, WV218 contributions
Jun 2022
We truly enjoyed seeing the collections here that added to the historical timeline for us. We used the audio tour and it was very informative and helpful. Gorgeous pieces in this museum and worth the trip! It's fairly well air conditioned too, for Europe!
Written July 5, 2022
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EqualRightsTourist
San Francisco, CA770 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is nice museum to look at all the previous kings of Vienna. I was in a hurry so I spent about 30 minutes going through the museum. I used my camera to help me remember the description and pictures of pieces. First class museum.
Written December 2, 2019
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Michael Adamidis 🇬🇷
Kastoria, Greece6,350 contributions
Nov 2019
well its the most interesting royal treasure .schatzkammer and worths the visit of course..to see the glory and boldness of habsburgs.
Written November 15, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China151,921 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
With over 1000 years worth of Royal treasury items, it is understandable why the Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer) at the Hofburg Palace is regarded as one of the most important in the world. Housed in the Hofburg Palace which is more or less an essential tourist attraction to see in Vienna, the Imperial Treasury can be readily visited and something worth making the time for.

The Imperial Treasury is divided into two collections, housed in a 13th century room. These include the Secular collection, featuring centuries' worth of imperial artefacts of the Habsburg Royals and the Ecclesiastical Collection where you can see other precious devotional items, Baroque alter works and other items of intrigue; such as the tooth that is believed to have belonged to St. John the Baptist.

Of the two collections, it is the Secular Collection that is really quite inspiring. There are numerous Royal treasures that have the ability to make your jaw drop when seeing them for the first time. Items that we have very much enjoyed seeing include the Austrian Crown Jewels. These include the crown, sceptor and globus cruciger of Emperor Rudolf II (1552-1612). The Crown in particular is so very ornate and detailed in its design.

Another highly memorable item is the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, with its oversized gemstones. This one is well worth spending a few minutes to inspect from all sides. The lighting is very good in this area as well so you can make some spectacular photos of the crown without use of professional equipment.

The Golden fleece necklace is also well worth finding as are the impressive robes, Imperial crosses, purses, brooches and other jewel and treasure items on display. The entire collection is laid out nicely and there is a suggested walking path, which assures that you are able to see all during your time in the Schatzkammer

Overall, we found the Imperial Treasury to be indeed an impressive collection and makes a worthwhile addition to a visit in Vienna.
Written October 4, 2013
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y_e_s_t
Los Angeles27 contributions
Jun 2013
The museum pieces are fine, but something bizarre happened to me there. Ten minutes before closing time they start shooing people away. One staff member was very rude and aggressive. An argument ensued and he slapped me in the face! The staff sided with him, refused to call the police for me, and when I insisted they did call them and seemed to tell them an entirely different story. I felt I was blamed just because I am a visitor; the police even put pressure on me not to report. It seems under the veneer of civility this city has many dark corners. This museum is one if them.
Written June 21, 2013
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