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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Address: | Hofburg, Vienna 1010, Austria
Phone Number:
+43 1 5337570
09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

For centuries the Vienna Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg empire....

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.

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Stunning Imperial Palace

Very reasonable entrance fee for what you get. The exhibitions are well presented and thoroughly interesting. I learnt a great deal about the Habsburg dynasty. Great for those... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very reasonable entrance fee for what you get. The exhibitions are well presented and thoroughly interesting. I learnt a great deal about the Habsburg dynasty. Great for those with an interest in history, royalty etc. It does get very crowded in places though so to see everything, be prepared to stand your ground. I was impressed by how relaxed the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the pleasure of attending the New Years Ball at the Hofburg. We had such a fantastic time, the surrounding is just amazing! The palace itself is very lovingly maintained and oozes history. I would recommend to wear comfortable shoes as the grounds are massive and you will need to put up with lots of other travellers. All in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the Sisi museum, imperial palace apartments and silver exhibition at once. The silver exhibition is really well laid out and the electronic tour, very informative. The apartments and Sisi museum too are well presented and quite a unique experience. The apartments have been so well maintained that you do not need to try hard to imagine you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fascinating place built up over the years. There are several palaces as successive emperors added to and built new wings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I highly recommend the ball here on New Years Eve. I first went in 1995 and returned in 2016 with my 8 year old daughter. This ball is everything you have imagined when reading about balls in fairy tales. Wonderful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Possible to buy Sissi ticket online for lower cost and easy entrance. Many artefacts on view once belonging to Habsburgs. The rooms are in baroque style and make an interesting and varied tour.

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We visit here the "silver museum" and "the music museum" and the "armory". So 3 for the price of one!! :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We decided , long in advance , to spend that night at Hofburg , the Imperial residence of Vienna . In other words we were guests to the Hofburg Silvester Ball . It is a unique experience ! The Palace is hard to describe , its architecture , the halls , the marble , the paintigs and so on are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything about the Hapsburgs seems to be of a majestic scale and this palace is no exception. It is simply a stunning complex and the imperial apartments are something to behold. It is worth seeing and tickets can be bought that include other areas of the complex such as Sisi museum, silver collection and Spanish riding school.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning palace right in the centre. Great to visit if you've not been to similar ones before. First floor consists of historical artefacts from the time of the emperor, and upstairs if their living arrangements. You can whizz through it in 30 minutes or take your time with the very informative audio guide and take about 90 minutes.

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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