"The Hofburg – You just have to see #4" Hofburg Palace Complex Tip by tiabunna

Hofburg Palace Complex, Vienna: 264 reviews and 587 photos

  Tourist-free Hofburg entry
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      Tourist-free Hofburg entry
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  • Departing dignitary - Vienna
      Departing dignitary
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  • The crowds of tourists return to Hofburg - Vienna
      The crowds of tourists return to Hofburg
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  • Spanish horses at Hofburg - Vienna
      Spanish horses at Hofburg
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This was the main palace complex of the Habsburgs for over six hundred years – with endless new additions as each new Emperor took office. Not hard to imagine that it grew substantially over that period!

Now that Austria is a Republic, the buildings have found other uses. Some, such as the Kaiserappartements, where Emperor Franz Josef 1 and Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) lived, are furnished as original and are open for public inspection. Another part houses the offices of the President of Austria. Then there are museums and galleries, not to mention the stables for the famous Spanish horses.

The main photo shows the façade of the building complex, as seen from Michaelerplatz. If it looks somewhat empty, that’s because the crowds were being kept back by a very substantial police presence during the visit of an “eminent overseas statesperson” . Eventually a convoy of black limousines appeared and the serious business of tourism resumed! Our time limit precluded poking around the various buildings in the Hofburg complex – but you could spend quite some time here if you wished!

Main photo: An unusually quiet Michaelerplatz, outside the Hofburg
Second photo:Departing dignitary’s convoy.
Third photo:The crowds return to Michaelerplatz (panorama).
Fourth photo:The Spanish horses in their stables.

Address: The winter palace of the emperor
Directions: Spreading through quite a bit of Central Vienna !

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 23, 2007
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