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“Unbelievable history and silver collection”

Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I was only in Vienna for three days and originally the Imperial Palace was not even on my itinerary, but I am glad my friend convinced me to go. Not only was the Imperial Silver Collection impressive and nicely displayed but what I learned that day with the aid of an easy-to-use audio guide was quite a history lesson. We also toured the palace apartments and the Sisi museum, which so eloquently introduces you to the personal life, joys and sorrows of Empress Elizabeth. I would definitely suggest this trip to anyone but be forewarned, the entire tour is quite long, easily 3 hours if not more, so not for those low on patience.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Already a WOW from outside, where there are many horse carts are parked. The interior is fabulous. Unfortunately there was no AC in the museums inside, so it wouldn't be good to be inside with the crowd (it's always crowded) during summer. I didn't get inside the museums for this reason, because I always came after the opening hours. Winding down is good at the park in front of the magnificent bibliotheque (library).

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Beautiful palace with many interesting exhibitions (mostly dedicated to Empress Sissi), and also famous Spanish Ridin School.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you visited Schonnbrunn, you must visit the hofburg to see how the court was living in the city. Again, audioguides are free of charge and give you plenty of details. The Sissy museum is a bit corny but I loved it all the same since it gives you a whole new insight on the empress.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The State Apartment tour was a great 3 hours packed full with history and art. The Silverware collection displays were beautiful and the audio guide was interesting and not too long. The Sisi museum provided an insight into the Habsburg Empire which was a great basis for visits to the other museumson the trip.

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