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Hofburg Palace

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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 holder. Get discounts for countless museums, attractions, theaters, shops, and restaurants with the Vienna City Card. Please see the app "ivie - Your Personal City Guide" for full information about all the discounts you can get with your card. 

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Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

2. 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.

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Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

3. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Wi-Fi and Cruise

Red Route 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. 1. Opera/Oper 2. House of Music/Haus der Musik3. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere4. Museums Quartier/ Mariahilferstrasse 5. Museums/Hofbug 6. City Hall/Rathaus7. Votive Church/Votivkirche 8. Schwedenplatz/DDSG River Cruise C9. Prater 10. UNO City/DC Tower 11. Danube Island/Donauinsel12. City Park/Stadtpark  Schönbrunn Blue Route This route guides you from the city center out to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere. You will learn more about Vienna’s imperial heritage and the life of Sisi. 1. Opera/Albertina2. Museums Quartier/Mariahilfer Straße 3. Museums/Hofburg4. Aqua Terra Zoo/Haus des Meeres 5. Mariahilfer Straße/Ibis Hotel 6. Schönbrunn Palace&Zoo/Schloss Schönbrunn7. Main train station/Hauptbahnhof 8. Upper Belvedere/Oberes Belvedere 9. Lower Belvedere/Unteres Belvedere Guided City Walk (only included in Premium and Deluxe tickets) Departure from Stop 1, Opera. The tour runs daily at 11:30 AM in English and at 1:30 PM in German. Discover the life of the Habsburgs by visiting Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Heldenplatz, and the Capuchin’s Crypt – the main place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburgs. The tour also covers the music in the city, from Mozart to Haydn and Beethoven, plus the many composers Vienna is famous for. The tour starts from Stop 1: Opera and lasts approximately 90 minutes and ends at St. Stephens Cathedral, the most important Gothic church in Austria. Explore the beautiful buildings and gardens of Vienna at your own pace from onboard the city’s open-top double-decker hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus, and learn how the Austrian capital developed from its early Celtic and Roman settlements to become the largest city in Austria. Regarded as a 'City of Music' for its extraordinary musical legacy, Vienna is also known as the 'City of Dreams' due to its association with the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and you can follow his story in the Sigmund Freud Museum. Stops along the way include the Haus der Musik, which presents the history of music through interactive exhibitions. Choose from multiple options including a deluxe tour that includes a 1-hour guided evening tour starting at 6:30 PM designed to give you a different view of the most iconic sights in Vienna. The onboard recorded commentary is available in 13 languages, providing valuable information to help you plan your day. Soak up the sights of the impressive buildings, then jump off at any of the stops listed above.

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

4. 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 State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, and the Burgtheater. Stops: State Opera - Museum of Art History/Heroes' Square - Burgtheater/Town Hall - University - Schwedenplatz - MAK - Hilton Hotel - Kursalon - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Yellow Route Discover the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Schwarzenberg Platz, and Belvedere Palace. Stops: State Opera - Schönbrunn Palace - Museum of Military History - Belvedere Palace - State Opera Buses arrive every 60 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM The ride from the State Opera to Schönbrunn Palace takes approximately 25 minutes. Blue Route: Visit the famous "Prater area" where you can get acquainted with all the masterpieces of the Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Fine Arts or even the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasser Museum. You can meet with the greatest Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, in the Stadtpark. Stops: State Opera - Prater - Museum of Applied Arts – Museum of Fine Arts – Hundertwasser House – Stadtpark – Johann Strauss Monument Buses arrive every 90 minutes Mondays - Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM Your ticket also includes a self-guided walking tour to discover the musical heritage of the city. Cross the city at your own pace and get acquainted with the most important music halls of Vienna. See the Vienna State Opera, Beethoven Statue, Vienna Concert House, House of Music and the Beethoven Museum. Pick up your headphones and a map from the local partner's service center and follow the instructions of the QuietVox Guiding App to travel from sight to sight. You will scan the QR codes at each stop to learn more about them.

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Vienna: Ghosts and Legends 2-Hour Walking Tour by Night

5. Vienna: Ghosts and Legends 2-Hour Walking Tour by Night

Enjoy a tour of Vienna by night, when the tourist crowds have died down, and discover mysterious stories hidden behind every corner of the city. Walk in the footsteps of ancient legends and modern myths, and see the city from a different perspective. Discover the background of various myths, but consider this: behind every story is a nugget of truth. You may even find some answers to questions that come up along the way. Find out whether witches or even vampires wreaked havoc in the city, learn about the role Vienna played in the beginning of the “Dracula” novel, and discover which buildings in the city are the most haunted. The walking tour takes you along the walls of the Hofburg Palace past the Augustinian Church. You’ll then visit the Neuer Markt, where you’ll hear numerous scary and strange stories. You’ll then continue on through the Blutgasse district, one of the oldest parts of the city center. At the end of the tour you’ll see the legendary St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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Vienna: Skip-the-Line Spanish Riding School Performance

6. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Spanish Riding School Performance

Witness spectacular skills of beautiful Lipizzan stallions and their trainers without needing to stand in line. Discover the historical and cultural heritage of the Imperial Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the Hofburg Palace complex. Begin your tour in front of the Looshaus, a stunning example of Viennese Modernism. Follow your experienced guide on a journey through the historic Hofburg Palace Complex. Learn about the Habsburg dynasty's influence on the Spanish Riding School and the school's 450-year history. After your tour, leave your guide behind and skip the line to see the legendary Horse Training Show. Enjoy the beautiful Viennese music and the Ballet of the White Stallions. Wonder at the skillful maneuvering and the horse's shiny coats.

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

7. 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) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok) • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Vienna Ring Tram • Plus more than 30 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 6 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • Guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

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Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

8. Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

Discover the fascinating treasures of the Habsburgs in the oldest part of the Hofburg Palace – the Swiss Wing. See the most precious jewels – among them one of the largest emeralds in the world – that testify to the former power of the Habsburg dynasty. Other highlights are the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece as well the collections of 15th-century Burgundy and the cradle of the King of Rome (Napoleon II). Admire the charming jewelry of Hapsburg empresses and princesses and parts of the original jewelry of Empress Elisabeth. Discover legendary treasures such as the Holy Lance from the 8th century, the largest cut emerald in the world, the world's largest agate bowl – known as the Holy Grail – or the horn of a unicorn.

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Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

9. Vienna: 30-Minute Fiaker Ride in the Old Town

Find your Fiaker next to the world-famous St. Stephen's Cathedral. From St. Stephen's Square, begin your journey to old seat of government during the Habsburg monarchy, the Hofburg. Today, the President and Chancellor of the Austrian Republic have their offices at this impressive complex. Travel along marvellous boulevard known as "The Ring", where you have the chance to see the buildings of the Natural Museum of History and Fine Arts. The square between the two buildings displays the statue of Maria Theresia, the sole female ruler in the house of Habsburg. Pass by the Austrian Parliament, built in a Greek architectural style with the statue of Pallas Athene in front of it. Right after the Parliament, see the Vienna Town Hall with its impressive square. The square in front of the hall is very popular among the Viennese, many events such as the annual film festival and the Christmas markets take place there. Finish your ride back at the St. Stephans Cathedral where it started.

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Vienna: Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

10. Vienna: Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

Enjoy priority entry access and step inside the famous the Hofburg Imperial Palace, as well as the Sisi Museum, alongside a knowledgeable guide who will lead you on a guided tour of the impressive complex.  Walk inside this magnificent castle and discover the conference room, which was used for the ministerial conferences that were chaired by the emperor.  See 24 different rooms including the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, their saloons for guests, and Elisabeth's dressing room. Admire the Silver Collection with valuable porcelain and crystal glasses, which provide insights into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty.  Enter the Sisi Museum with over 300 personal items that belonged to Elisabeth like her dresses, parasols, gloves, and her unique beauty preparations.

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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 11,837 reviews

Superb experience with the Vienna Pass. Everything is simple, buses every hour, stops visible and easy to take. A really appreciable quality of service, a map and a small book are provided to consult all the places included in the PASS. I highly recommend.

Very kind and well informed guide. Maybe it is more interesting if you attend a training course of the horses and not just a guided tour inside the stables.

Really helpful for sightseeing in Vienna. Unfortunately, public transportation not included.

Very informative and strongly recommended for non locals visiting vienna.

Best to buy tickets before getting on public transport. Very convenient