Hofburg Palace 3.5 rating

  Historical

This immense palace complex grew into a large, unwieldy series of buildings over the years and was the imperial residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918. What began as a medieval castle (whose chapel is the only original element of that building to survive) was expanded and redecorated as the Habsburgs' power increased correspondingly. The Palace Stables and Amalia's Wing were added in the sixteenth century. The Imperial Chancery Wing, Court Library, and Spanish Riding School was added in the eighteenth. In the last century, St Michael's Wing was tacked on and around 1900 the New Palace was completed. Each separate building contains so many treasures that the time spent moving from one to another is like opening box after box of fabulous jewels. The palace now houses the offices of the Austrian President, a convention center, and the Spanish Riding School with its Lipizzaner stallions. The Palace also houses several museums, including the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection (Kaiserappartements, Sisi Museum, Silberkammer) where you can visit 22 state rooms (9AM-5PM; Jul-Aug 9AM-5:30PM; wheelchair-accessible.). These are the residential and state apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Empress Elisabeth (popularly known as Sisi) and show 19th-century imperial life. The Imperial Silver Collection displays unique items of the glittering world of imperial dining. You can purchase a single ticket for all three museums or purchase the 'Sisi Ticket', which entitles you to visit the Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg with Audio Guide (Imp. Apartments, Sisi Museum, Imp. Silver Collection), and Imperial Furniture Museum.

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About Hofburg Palace

 Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, Vienna, Austria

 +43 1 5873666

 http://www.hofburg-wien.at

Hofburg Palace and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum(0.5 km)
One of the world's greatest art museums and in a palace that is a work of art itself.

Opera House

Opera House(0.6 km)
Probably the most-beloved symbol of Viennese arts, and one of the first buildings to be rebuilt in the postwar era.

Neue Hofburg

Neue Hofburg(0.2 km)
The newest and largest section of the Imperial Palace.

Albertina

Albertina(0.4 km)
The Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace and a popular art gallery in Vienna, with over 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from Late Gothic to contemporary.

Karlskirche

Karlskirche(1.1 km)
Largest Baroque cathedral north of the Alps, designed by the famous architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.

The Museum District

The Museum District(0.9 km)
Has served as a cultural district of Vienna since 2001.

Austrian Parliament Building

Austrian Parliament Building(0.8 km)
The Austrian Parliament Building is a magnificent and imposing building in marble where the Nationalrat (National Council) and Bundesrat (Federal Council) meet.

Jesuitenkirche

Jesuitenkirche(0.9 km)
Has one of the most elaborate Baroque interiors in Europe.

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