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“The Hofburg”

Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
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Owner description: In the middle of Tirol’s Alpine landscape, one is treated to a close-up look at the lifestyle of prominent Austrians of the past, such as Empress Maria Theresa and “Sisi”: Innsbruck’s Hofburg, one of the three most important historical buildings in Austria, was once a favorite residence of the Habsburgs.
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Hofburg is a typical palace of the time, filled with tapestries, paintings, clocks, fancy furniture and other items the common person could never even imagine. Unless your plans include other locations with fancier palaces (Residenz in Munich or Salzburg, Schonbrunn in Vienna or Versailles in Paris), then, by all means explore the Hofburg...but remember NO PHOTOS!

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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

While it pales in comparison with the Habsburg palaces in Vienna, this one is interesting for its insight into the way the great Maria Theresia seized power. She had arranged for her son's wedding here instead of in Vienna, for PR reasons. Right in the middle of the week-long festivities, her husband the Emporer died suddenly. Maria Theresia somehow managed to assume the title Empress--one gets the feeling she was always the power behind the throne to begin with. Then she consolidated her power and assured the future of her dynasty by assuring the succession through both the male and female lines. This is no doubt a simplified explanation, but the grandest room in the palace clearly shows Maria Theresia's cleverness. The room is decorated with larger then life colorful portraits of the large royal family, with the daughters and sons given equal importance. The audioguide is worthwhile, and there are pretty good written captions in English. There are also some rooms furnished especially for Sisi, who used the place only a couple of times, as an overnight stop on her way to and from a health spa. But the Maria Theresia rooms are far more interesting.

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

I'm getting cynical of palaces. You see one, you've seen them all. Nothing special about his one.
It was a self guided tour, with audio phones if you choose, we did not.

Thank DocPhil2011
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

There are a few interesting rooms which have been maintained in their original form and the family paintings are worth some time, but there isn't much else to see

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

If you've had a chance to see their palace in Vienna and the Schoenbrun, you would appreciate this smaller version. There were carriages to go around the town. Please don't miss Salzburg. The train ride also passes Zee lam see which is romantic with stream rising from the frozen lake.

Thank LizC2012
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