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Hofburg is the Imperial Palace located in the city center of Vienna, Austria. Hofburg is the former imperial palace of the Habsburg empire and currently the official residence & office of the Federal President of Austria. It also served as the official winter residence for the emperors. One of the largest palace complexes in the world, Hofburg houses a Spanish Riding School, several outstanding museums, Austrian National Library, Austrian National Theatre, and such other magnificent attractions.
Experience Hofburg in all its regal splendor and soak in the royal magic
Housed inside the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Apartments acted as a residence and workplace for the royal families. A tour through the Palace takes you to the private chambers of Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph giving a fascinating peek into the lives of the Imperial family. The Imperial staircase guides you through to the Living room, the bedrooms, the study rooms and the courtroom where the Emperor received his audience. The exquisite interiors, done in rococo style with the stunning crystal encrusted chandeliers befit a royal residence. The most interesting sight of the tour is the bathroom and dressing-cum-exercise room of the Empress. It is believed that Empress enjoyed her exercise regime and is known to have spent significant time in this room. The original exercise equipment used by the Empress is on display here.
Sisi Museum is located in the Imperial Apartments of the Imperial Palace. This Museum is dedicated to the life of the beautiful and enigmatic Empress Elisabeth. The Museum showcases the personal objects that belonged to the Empress. Numerous portraits of the famous Empress don the walls of the Museum. Her personal belongings on display include her wedding gown, coronation dress, watercolor painting box and the mourning dress she wore along with the fine mourning jewelry on the death of her son, Prince Rudolph. Empress's death mask and the Black coat that was used to cover her after the murder is a sad reminder of her tragic assassination.
Enjoy the breathtaking display of traditional equestrian skills by the Lipizzaners in the grand riding hall in the Spanish Riding School. The School is the sole such Institution in the world to have preserved and still practice traditional horse-riding skills in its classic form. You can opt for a guided tour of the Riding School that includes a visit to the stables and training programs conducted in the mornings. It is a proud achievement for the Institution that UNESCO has declared it as the intangible cultural heritage.
Imperial Treasury located in Hofburg is one of the most significant treasuries in the world. Some of the wealthiest and most precious collections are housed in the Imperial Treasury. You can get a glimpse of Imperial Crowns that belonged to the Roman and Austrian empires, treasures from the Burgundian and Habsburg dynasties and one of the world’s largest emeralds in the Imperial Treasury.
Imperial Silver Collection on display in the Imperial Palace gives you an insight into dining culture of the royal families. The myriad collection of kitchenware, crystal and porcelain glasses, centerpieces, gold, and silverware, take you back to the opulent dining tables of the Imperial family. The magnificent Milan Centerpiece on display was made for one of the coronation ceremonies of Emperor Ferdinand I.
The members of the Orchestra and Choir of Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Boys’ Choir are known as Hofmusikkapelle. The Chapel hosts performances by the Hofmusikkapelle on religious holidays and Sundays. Get enthralled by the accomplished music performance of this group, if you are a music connoisseur.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission tickets can be bought at the venue or through online booking.
How To Get Around?
Hofburg and tourist attractions in Vienna are easily accessible by using the city’s efficient public transport. Use the U-Bahn (Subway), trams or buses to get from one destination to another quickly.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Vienna is from April to May or September to October. Between June and August, the City gets overcrowded with tourists and accommodation rates become expensive.
The official currency of Austria is Euro.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can opt for audio guides or guided tours to the Sisi Museum and Imperial apartments.
How To Get There?
If you are traveling by Flight, Vienna has an International airport connecting to almost all major cities in the world. Vienna also has an efficient railway service and is well connected by train to most of the major cities in Europe. Vienna's express high ways and well-connected road network make it easily accessible by road too. You can also access Vienna on the Danube river by boat. Various points in the city can be easily and comfortably approached from the Airport through city-airport-train or rapid transport rail or by bus.
Vienna has a lot to offer when it comes to museums, palaces, operas, musical extravaganza and so on. Plan your trip well in advance based on your interest and time available.