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Vienna's Hofburg Palace ranks among the most popular tourist attraction in Austria, offering a window into the life and customs of the illustrious Habsburg family. Here are 5 fascinating facts to give you a taste of what awaits within its majestic walls.
The Hofburg Palace has been the home of countless Austrian rulers over the centuries. Today, it's the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.
The gigantic palace comprises 18 wings and more than 2,000 different rooms. Due to the centuries of expansion, different architectural styles come together in a stunning ensemble.
Discover how the royals lived and visit the sumptuous apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. The beautifully maintained rooms are the Hofburg's top attraction.
The popular silver collection exhibits 7,000 objects that were necessary for running the imperial household, giving fascinating insight into the dining culture of the emperors.
Empress Elisabeth, better known as Sisi, is the most beloved of all Austrian empresses. She was honored with her own museum, which is one of the Hofburg's most popular attractions.
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.
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.
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.
- When to visitOpen September to June, 9:00AM to 5:30PM, July and August, 9:00AM to 6:00PM.
- What is the price?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 thereTake the U3 to Herrengasse or trams 1, 2, D or J to Burgring.
- Additional tips
- 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.
What People Are Saying About Hofburg Palace
This is a wonderful way to see Vienna. Our excellent tour guide, Dace, lead a small group 6 of us through Vienna downtown. She knows city inside out and provided it to us - for example showing us the old city walls and hidden courtyards. What makes this tour great is the intimacy of the small group, the details provided by the guide, conversation about the history and culture. Highly recomended!
There is so much to see in Vienna. This was a great tour to start with as it gives the locations of all of the important buildings with some history. The Palace was wonderful and the tour guide did a great job.
Wish to reccommend this activity to tourist, especialli first time arrive in vienna
Attended on own. need to line up Early at Riding School @ 9 am to get a Seat, Expect to wait 1-2hrs. Need 2hrs or more to see the Treasury with Handset, really Amazing and very helpful staff
Highly recommended for people who want the flexibility of spending as much or as little time at any particular sight without the concern of having to stick with a guide all the time and adhering to a timetable.