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"Hofburg (Imperial Palace)" Hofburg Palace Complex Tip by Gillianina

Hofburg Palace Complex, Vienna: 217 reviews and 468 photos

by Gillianina

From 1283 to 1918 it was the residence of the Habsburg emperors; it’s made up of buildings of different ages, so it lacks an architectonic unity, but its grandiosity and historical events made it an incomparable monument.
The New Palace (Neue Burg) is the most recent building and, at the same time, most monumental section of the Imperial Palace. It now houses the Ethnological Museum, branches of the Museum of Fine Arts: the Ephesus Museum displaying art from classical antiquity in Asia Minor, the Collection of Arms which ranks as the second-largest in the world and the Collection of Historical Musical Instruments.
Some of the “must” to visit are Imperial Apartments, Imperial Silver Collection and Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasuries
Today, the Imperial Palace houses the offices of the Austrian president, an international convention center, the chapel where the Vienna Boys' Choir sings mass on Sundays and religious holidays, the hall in which the Lipizzan stallions of the Spanish Riding School perform, various official and private apartments and several museums and state rooms which are open to the public.

Address: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien
Directions: Imperial Apartments, Imperial Silver Collection
U1, U3: Stephansplatz, U3: Herrengasse

Phone: 533 75 70

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 1, 2003
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