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“So much to see, so little time!”

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 March 24, 2013

The name Imperial Palace, as though it's one building, is very misleading. You could easily spend a whole weekend looking at the Hofburg alone! A fascinating and stunningly beautiful place with so much history, from the glory of Imperial times to Hitler's infamous speech. Even for someone coming from London, having so much grandeur right in the city centre seems remarkable.

1  Thank Kate P
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Perfect complex and I think that in the old days this region was more beautiful than today. Very graphic the ride with the horses but very bad smell from the horses impurity around Hofburg.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The Imperial Apartments, Sisi museum, treasury, Spanish Riding School, and silver/porcelain collections are all conveniently located at St. Michael's gate, which makes it tempting to think you can take them all in in a day. We were pretty tuckered out just after the silver/porcelain collection, and downright overwhelmed by the time we got to the Treasury (we tried to do all in an afternoon.) If we had it to do again, we'd do the Spanish riding school training session and Sisi museum and apartments in the a.m., break for lunch, then do the Treasury and silver/porcelain in the afternoon...Nonetheless, the collections are impeccably curated and maintained.

5  Thank hollykan
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The palace building itself was a real gem but aside from that, great disappointment only.
The square right in front of the palace has been paved with concrete and created one of the eyeshores of the great city. It has become a huge parking space for cars.
Also of course, the palace is not open to the public as a palace but a great deal of it is now a public library. I was hoping for a great tour of the Imperial palace and everything that goes with all those riches.... unfornately, i did not inform myself well in advance.
Loved the park beyong the horrible parking space and also some other part of this Palace grounds has other nice courtyards with restaurants, etc etc.
Just for the facade of this palace, it is still worth the visit if you have time to spare. A couple of minutes would suffice.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

It was the first step of our tour and we did not have time to visit interior parts which makes me regret.While we were heading stephanplatz i could not help myself to look back and stare the beauty several times.

1  Thank Astinus
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