"Emperor`s bedrooms and Sissi`s milk tooth :)" Hofburg Palace - Sisi Museum - Imperial Apartments Tip by coccinella169

Hofburg used to be the winter palace of the emperor`s family. In summer they used to stay in Schönbrunn. Nowadays our chancellor has his premises at Hofburg.

There are 3 exhibitions at Hofburg you might want to visit - Silberkammer, Sissi Museum and the emperor`s apartments.

The visit starts with an exhibition about emperor`s porcelain, chandeliers and cutleries ("Silberkammer") - if you are interested in old porcelain you will feel like heaven on earth in regard of the huge collection! There are also some pots and jars left of the traditional "Holy Thursday foot washing". On Holy Thursday, the emperor and the empress invited 12 poor old men and 12 poor old women to wash their feet and to give them some food and presents. There are even pictures of that ceremony.

On second floor you`ll first enter the Sissi museum, which is rather interesting. You`ll learn about empress Elisabeth´s life, see some of her clothes, including her bathrobe and baby shoes. Furthermore there are old newspaper articles and some digests of Emperor Franz Joseph`s letters to his wife. Oddities include Elisabeth`s baby tooth and the murder weapon involved when she was killed in Geneve in 1898.

Last part of the exhibition are the "Kaiserappartments". You can see the bedrooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and Elisabeth as well as a study and conference room, parlours and empress Elisabeth`s (rather modern) bathroom.

All in all it is a very interesting museum and well worth the EUR 9,50 entrance fee! Descriptions are multi lingual and you can also rent audio guides.

Address: The winter palace of the emperor
Directions: In der Burg
Phone: +43 1 5337570
Website: http://www.hofburg-wien.at

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  • Updated Feb 17, 2008
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