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Hofburg Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

    1. Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

    With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital city. Just validate your pass at the nearest ticket machine and head out on your way! Upon validation, you'll have 24, 48 or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including the metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). The Vienna City Card also lets you visit some of the city's most important sights. Get discounts at plenty of Vienna's museums, exhibitions, theatres, concerts, shops, cafés, restaurants, and wine taverns. Vienna is waiting for you! You can learn about all the details and discounts from the digital city guide for Vienna. The app is available for download on the Google Play and Apple App Store. If you're traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holde...

    Unfortunately not available for a week. Very handy for public transport and discount museums.

  • Vienna: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus & Free WiFi

    2. Vienna: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus & Free WiFi

    Red Route

    1. Opera/Oper 

    2. House of Music/Haus der Musik 

    3. Museums Quartier/ Mariahilferstrasse 

    4. Museums / Hofburg

    5. Rathaus / City Hall 

    6. Votivkirche 

    7. Augarten 

    8. Prater 

    9. Pier 3 

    10. Blue Danube/Pier 8- DDSG River Cruise 

    11. Danube Tower/Donauturm 

    12. Old Danube/Alte Donau 

    13. UNO CITY / DC Tower 

    14. Danube Island/Donauinsel 

    15. Schwedenplatz/Danube Canal (River Cruise) 

    16. Stadtpark

    On this route, you will learn more about the history of the famous Ring Street and the Hofburg Palace getting to know the life of the Habsburgs in Vienna. You will also have the possibility to explore the Prater with its Giant Ferris Wheel as well as the Danube Island.

    Schönbrunn Blue Route

    1. Museums/Hofb...

    We enjoyed our Big Bus experience overall, but primarily due to the guided walking tour we added. Our guide Charles was absolutely amazing. His tour was so informative and fun and one of the highlights of our stay. The buses overall were not as helpful, as the routes covered a relatively small space, ran infrequently and at unpredictable times, meaning we missed several scheduled buses and had to walk to our destinations, and because the portion of the day they ran was fairly limited (arrived at the stop near our hotel at 11, stopped running by 17) it wasn’t as useful as we had hoped. Commentary was interesting when we were able to ride.

  • Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

    3. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

    The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions...

    Before any attraction you need to exchange voucher for Vienna Pass in the office.

  • Vienna: City Bike Tour - Cancellation up to 2 Days Prior

    4. Vienna: City Bike Tour - Cancellation up to 2 Days Prior

    Experience Vienna's lively streets and the riverbank of Danube by bike. See the major sights up close and hit the cycle path with your knowledgeable guide. Cycle down Ringstrasse to get a sense of the city's imperial history. Learn about the former center of the powerful Habsburg Empire through the impressive architecture of Vienna’s boulevards. Stop outside several historical sites to hear the stories behind them. Take unobstructed photos of the Opera House, City Hall, the House of Parliament, Hofburg Palace, and the colorful Hundertwasserhaus.

  • Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    5. Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    This tour takes you to Vienna's most beautiful sights, from the city center to the Danube Canal. Stay on bike paths and less congested roads for the ideal experience of Austria's beautiful capital with plenty of chances to stop for photos along the way! Ride along the Ringstraße, passing the famous sights including the Staatsoper (State Opera), the Austrian Parliament Building, the Burgtheater, and the Rathaus (town hall), then continue into the first district, where St. Stephen's Cathedral rises impressively above Stephansplatz. Follows the Donau Canal past Urania and through the Stadtpark, over Karlsplatz with the magnificent Karlskirche, then return to the starting point.

    Enjoyed a lot. It was cycling with short stops and also there was a just cycling time

  • Walking Tour: Vienna at First Glance

    6. Walking Tour: Vienna at First Glance

    Discover Vienna's Old Town on this guided walking tour. Start near the Sacher Hotel and learn everything about the capital of Austria. Enjoy a 1.5 to 2-hour tour and admire the exterior of the Hofburg complex. Take a look at the magnificent buildings and the horses of the Spanish Riding School. Then, continue to Vienna's most famous coffee houses. Venture off the beaten path to the Blutgasse district and finish with a view of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

    Eleanor provided a nice overview of some historical sights as well as insight into Viennese culture. The tour helped orient us to the historical center.

  • Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

    7. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

    Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg. The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions. Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.

    I would recommend this to anyone really. The history is very interesting and the building is impressive. Our guide explained many different things about all aspects of the Spanish Riding School.

  • Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Wi-Fi

    8. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Wi-Fi

    Hop on a bus and explore Vienna however you wish. This hop-on-hop-off ticket lets you hop on or off the bus as often as you want at any of the stops, so you get to experience all of the sights at your own pace. Alternatively, you can just take a seat and enjoy a city tour with interesting and informative commentary. Choose between 3 routes, each of which takes you to a different part of Vienna. See the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and the magnificent Hilton Hotel. Or, be driven to Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace before visiting the KunstHausWien museum, the Danube Steam Navigation Company, or the UNO City – the choice is yours! Your tour offers a choice between 3 routes, which can be combined as you wish: Red Route Admire the sights along the Ring Road, such as the ...

    Хорошо организовано, мы проехали два больших круга, все основные точки видели. Но про сам город могли бы рассказывать и побольше.

  • Vienna: City Bike Tour

    9. Vienna: City Bike Tour

    Experience Vienna's lively streets and the riverbank of Danube by bike. See the major sights up close and hit the cycle path with your knowledgeable guide. Cycle down Ringstrasse to get a sense of the city's imperial history. Learn about the former center of the powerful Habsburg Empire through the impressive architecture of Vienna’s boulevards. Stop outside several historical sites to hear the stories behind them. Take unobstructed photos of the Opera House, City Hall, the House of Parliament, Hofburg Palace, and the colorful Hundertwasserhaus.

  • Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

    10. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

    Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna! By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

    We thought the driving portion of the tour was a bit rushed and the German and English commentary often left the English comments until the landmark had passed.

Planning Your Visit

  • Imperial concerts

    The Vienna Hofburg Orchestra regularly performs in the Hofburg Palace's sumptuous halls. Classical music lovers shouldn't miss out on this singular experience. Note that tickets for the concerts must be booked in advance.

  • Plan your visit

    It's simply impossible to see every part of the Hofsburg Palace's vast complex in a single day. Plan your visit in advance to make sure you see your top priorities. Alternatively, spread your visit over several days.

  • Schönbrunn Palace

    If you loved the Hofsburg Palace, don't miss out on the equally spectacular Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburg's summer residence, also located in Vienna.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open September to June, 9:00AM to 5:30PM, July and August, 9:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at € 12,50 and continue onwards depending on tours and packages selected.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A tour is a great way to learn more about the history.
  • How to get there
    Take the U3 to Herrengasse or trams 1, 2, D or J to Burgring.
  • Additional information

    • Wheelchairs can be rented free of charge with the deposit of an ID at the entrance.

    • Filming and photographing are not allowed unless you have an official permit.

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What people are saying about Hofburg Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9,435 reviews

I would recommend this to anyone really. The history is very interesting and the building is impressive. Our guide explained many different things about all aspects of the Spanish Riding School.

Perfect,very interesting..the guide show us things we wouldn't see otherwise.great guide very pleasant an friendly.. definitely worth the money.

Unfortunately not available for a week. Very handy for public transport and discount museums.

Very interesting, great for a first approach to the city. The guide, very kind

Good tour wish I had known about the morning training tour.