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Written by Kajani Shivam on April 26, 2020 Share on

Visit the Heart of Imperial Vienna – Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace
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Planning a tour to Vienna? Never miss the Magnificent Hofburg Palace which is the Heart of Imperial Vienna. Hofburg Palace is a place to experience royalty. So, Kings and Queens get ready to explore the Royal. Hofburg Palace is known as the city within the city and you will know the significance you witness the palace.

The palace covers 59 Acre making it one of the largest and most splendid complexes in the world. The Imperial Palace is made up of 18 collections of buildings, 19 courtyards, and 2,600 rooms. Interestingly the major buildings reflect more than 700 years of Architectural History.  It has a variety of architectural styles from Gothic to Renaissance. I hear that, amazing right?

Let’s take a visit to the Hofburg Palace and find out what makes it magnificent.

Here is a list of a few things to see inside the Palace

1. Explore the Sisi Museum

The Sisi Museum is dedicated to Empress Elisabeth also known as Sisi. Trust me, you will clearly experience the richness as soon as you enter the Palace. The museum takes you back to the lives of the 19th-century aristocracy. It showcases over 300 personal artifacts such as Gloves, a copy of Sisi’s Coronation gown,  Parasols, Beauty regime notes, and the death mask made after her assassination. You can experience her lifestyle and get to know more about the Empress through the Sisi Museum.

2. Discover the Silver Collection

The Silver Collection is a place of 7,000 royal collections of the grand tablewares from the Imperial court, 18th-century East Asian porcelain to a 10m-long Milanese centerpiece. The other highlights of the collection are the Meissen service from 1775, the 19th-century Viennese Empire service. The Court Kitchen displaces the royal vessels, pans and old kettles. The Viennese Royalty will take you in awe displaying these services in the Silver Collection.

3. Wander around the Imperial Apartments

One of the most amazing sights in the Hofburg Palace is the Imperial Apartments. Franz Joseph Apartment is indeed the most loved one of all. Some of the interesting parts are the Dining room with its lavishing decor and attractive Flemish artwork. Other Imperial apartments such as Empress Elisabeth’s apartment are worth visiting too. Empress Elisabeth’s apartments showcase the living room which is considered to be the prettiest room of the palace. You will also find a large Salon, where you will discover a collection of marble statues of Napoleon’s sister and a collection of Louis 14th furniture.

4. Visit the Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding school in the Hofburg Palace
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The Spanish Riding school is a renowned institution and a tradition that has been a significant part of the Viennese rich culture since 1565. The Lipizzan horses learn the skills here in front of awe-struck audiences. Tourists can attend a full Spanish Riding School performance and can visit the most difficult Quadrille. The school also provides a morning exercise to see the stallion’s training. 

Entry Fees

  • Hofburg Palace tickets for adults – 14 EUR  (approx INR 1150) per person.
  • Discounts are available for Students and Disabled person on the entry fee to Hofburg PalaceHofburg Palace tickets for adults.
  • Ticket prices for Hofburg Palace for children between 6 – 18 are about 8.2 EUR

All these ticket prices include a visit to the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and Audio guides.


The opening hours of the Hofburg palace is as below

  • September to June – 9 AM to 5:30 PM
  • July to August – 9 AM to 6 PM

The Hofburg Palace is open all days in a week except on National holidays in Austria. The admission closes 30 minutes prior to the closing hours.

How to reach Hofburg Palace?

The palace is situated in the city center and can be easily accessed by public transport. Eco taxi and city bikes are also available on a large scale. Public transports are highly suggested as it is efficient, easy, and at the same time cost-effective.

Hofburg Palace is a must-visit location to experience the Viennese Royal.  Witness the beauty of the architecture along with its royal history. So, Queens and Kings never miss this Magnificent Hofburg Palace which gives a royal touch to your vacation.  Get ready to explore the Hofburg Palace, The Heart of Imperial Vienna with Pickyourtrail to make your vacation more special. Start planning with us and have a happy vacation!

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