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The Hofburg

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The Hofburg
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Inner City
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 center. 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.
How to get there
  • Herrengasse • 3 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 6 min walk
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BrummieWelsh
Birmingham, UK253 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We spent a couple of days walking around Vienna - every time we seemed to be passing the Hofburg! There always seemed to be a large queue to get in so we planned on getting there early morning as it opened!

This was a good call as at 930 on a Sunday there was no queue outside. We did notice inside there was one line for purchasing tickets and another (walk through) if you already had tickets. Hence it may be an advantage to buy tickets on-line in advance

We picked up our audio guide (included in ticket) which was very good and informative.

Hofburg tour is split into three areas - the Silver Collection consisting of room after room of pots and pans which you can fast track through if you have seen enough.

Sisi exhibition is next which tells the story of the Empress. Quite informative and I thought did have some parallels (very loose) to Princess Diana?

Finally you get to walk through the Imperial apartments before emerging out into the main quadrangle.

Tour took about 2 hours and when we left the queue to get in was very long!

We then went on to Schönbrunn but did not go inside

The Hofburg is definitely worth the visit and €15 but get there early or book online.
Written January 6, 2020
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James S
Brough, UK291 contributions
Mar 2020
Another on our list of places to visit and one of the best attractions in Vienna and worth every penny spent. We purchased our tickets on line via Trip Advisor but they can be purchased on the day and there were not large queues when we visited in March. First of all you go into the pottery section which is huge and there are some fine pieces there, even Napoleon's dinner service which is quite large or larger than he was !!!! After this you are then led into the Royal Apartments which again are breath taking. You can follow the story of Sissi and how trajic her life was and tells the story of a young girl who found fame to hard to adapt too. Some of her costumes are outstanding and jewellery collection as well as many of her other private and personnel belongings. Photographs are allowed in the pottery section but not in the private rooms at all. Once again there are lockers for bags and coats and also a audio guide which is provided free of charge which gives a very precise documentary when visiting each room. Overall a very packed two hour tour and again well worth every penny spent and a must see in Vienna.
Written March 5, 2020
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bosspac
Melbourne, Australia71 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The Hofburg Imperial apartments. This gave some very nice insight to the lifestyle and history of the family, living conditions and the era. I would highly recommend this as a short start to a big series of museums to visit in this beautiful city.
Written January 7, 2020
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC625 contributions
Jul 2019
The exterior of this building is something to admire, it's a remnant of the Hapsburg Empire and worth seeing. However, the interior layout with the museums is terrible. Many tours are guided only-meaning it's terrible for kids and you have to book well in advance. There's silver/dishware museum you can usually do a walk-in tour for. Can use the audio guide, but it's really not that interesting of a display. If you really want to see the other museums, than book in advance otherwise you'll likely be told the next available tour is 6 hours later or to book a tour for another day. Too many tourists inside.
Written February 26, 2020
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia3,529 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Central point of any visit to Vienna. It used to be the winter palace for the Habsburg monarchy and now houses the most important museums and a riding school that showcase the imperial history of Vienna and Austria as a whole.

Visiting all museums in the Hofburg could take one a whole day to finish. If time permits go for it. Even walking around the perimeters is time-consuming due to its humongous size.

Fiaker horses are available for rental outside the main gate.
Written January 11, 2020
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WeHa 98
Aschaffenburg, Germany247 contributions
Aug 2021
This is the best palace/historical residence self guided tour I have ever done and I am so pleased I figured out how to get to it. It would be much easier if 'Information' opened at 9am - the web had the opening time of the apartments as 9am but when I got there the sign on the door said 10am - this is a real miss on their part, very poor.
The residence is full of personal items which made it all the more interesting. I would definitely recommend visiting this Palace.
Written August 13, 2021
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M A R
Los Angeles, CA116 contributions
Feb 2020
Once you finish taking in all the beauty of the architecture you can enjoy two of the most memorable cultural experiences you will ever have!!!! The Lippizaners of the Spanish Riding School are not only a treat for animal lovers but a look into a tradition which spans far into the past. The National Library is a sight that will impress you as well. Most of the time you will get to see the training sessions of the Lippizaners. Training starts at 10 AM and lasts till 12 PM. All the while they play classical music. The horses move about gracefully but you will not get to actually see them "dance". Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures or film the horses. We did however, see people take out pretty big cameras and take pictures without even trying to be sneaky.... Who knows what criteria are followed by the workers. If you are lucky, you can see the horses being taken from the arena where they practice to the stables across the street. You can take pictures when this is done. You can also shoot pictures of the horses when they are in the stable. The Library is a real gem!!!! It houses many books in bookcases that reach the ceiling. The bookcases as you can imagine are finely crafted. There are statues and old globes in there as well. Both the horses and the library give you an idea of how enlightened the rulers that lived in Vienna were. They are two fine examples of how high culture was revered in Vienna.
Written March 1, 2020
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Plutopair
Milford on Sea, UK24 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The state apartments at the Hofburg are definitely worth visiting. Called the “Sisi”museum they are named after the last empress in the Hapsburg dynasty. The ticket gives you access to the china and silver collection as well as the state apartments. We went in the late afternoon in December to avoid the crowds. If you are interested in porcelain and silver gilt tableware you will not be disappointed; particular highlights are the beautiful oriental porcelain and the 30 metre gold table centre piece. In the state apartments you note the contrast between the emperor and empresses apartments, respectively, simple and lavish. The audio tour is excellent but the part about the life of Sisi was rather drawn out but nevertheless it provides useful context. If you are in a hurry or want to get ahead of a crowd you can cut some of this short without spoiling the rest of your tour.
Written January 3, 2020
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Rivi12Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel60 contributions
Oct 2021
Very impressive square .Must visit
Dont miss this one-of-a- kind square in Vienna. Outside architecture is beautiful and impressive, as well the inside Sisi museum.
I recommend to have some history knowledge about that time in Austrian history for better understanding all the wealth and greatness
Written October 16, 2021
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,521 contributions
Sep 2019
The Hofburg was the residence of the rulers of Austria for over 600 years. The Habsburg dynasty made it their home.There are lots of things to see here. The Spanish Riding School has morning exercise tickets regularly and there are also stable tours you can book. The Sisi Museum is all about Sisi and you'll hear her name at Schonbrunn and many other places. We even heard her tales in Bratislava!
The apartment tour is also available. They have a combination ticket if you are interested in a discount for everything.
Written February 23, 2020
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The Hofburg is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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