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Kaiserliche Schatzkammer
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Visit Vienna every year, but always seemed to be out of sync with this museum - whenever had the time to spare, it was seemingly closed (it is in fact only closed on Tuesdays, but guess that's when we've always been available in the past!). Anyway, made a point to visit it this time around and wasn't disappointed in the least. The collection is, well, fantastic. The regalia of the Hapsburgs and the various dominions over which they had connections at one time or another (the Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia, etc.) is quite breathtaking. Sure, there are the gold and jewels galore, but the craftsmanship is what is really astounding. It is also amazing how important religious relics were in centuries past - supposed "true" pieces of Jesus' cross were prized above all else apparently, given the elaborate settings created to contain them. There are other oddities worth seeing as well, the huge agate bowl claimed to be the holy grail (as the container for Jesus' blood) and the world's largest emerald (cut into a curiously odd looking jar). The audio commentary (available at an extra charge in various languages) is a fairly good accompaniment to the displays. Overall a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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Reviewed November 23, 2014

This is one of the best displays of Crown Treasuries. You will walk through a line up of rooms filled up with Austrian Imperial jewels and clothes. Ticket is a bit pricey, but worth it. Some of the items go back to 10th century.

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Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

This treasury is an extensive collection of jewels and regalia from the Hofburg's collection. It borders on excessive for a day's visit. However, if you spend time on the displays that interest you with the audio guide and skip the narratives on the ones that do not and ably pause to take in their beauty, this treasury can be tackled in about 3 hours. To see everything in detail, set aside an entire day to allow time for the entire audio guide. The decadence of the robes are reminiscent of fantasy worlds we create today in modern fantasy games like Skyrim. This was an excellent of art, fashion, military history and religion that is worth more than the entry fee.

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Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

I've been to a few of these and this one is the best displayed treasury museum. Even the clothes which typically bore me where displayed Ina. Very eye catching manner than made me stop and read the signs about them. Expensive ticket but very worth it. The royal family was doing it right!!

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Reviewed October 28, 2014

We visited the treasury in October. There was a crowd of people outside but they turned out to be a tour group waiting for their guide so we were able to walk right in. The gift shop was closed for inventory so no shopping when we were there. Lots of interesting exhibits. We tried to buy a combination ticket for this and the royal apartments across the street but was told it didn't exist. Entrance fee was 12 euros. Nice way to spend a couple of hours, especially if it is cold or raining outside.

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