The Hofburg is an enormous palace complex in the heart of Vienna, which includes fascinating museums, a church and chapel, the Austrian National Library, and the Spanish Riding School, as well as the office of the President of Austria.
There is undoubtedly something at the Hofburg complex to suit everyone's interests, and here we have compiled a guide to the three most popular places to visit within the palace: the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection.
Imperial Silver Collection
At the end of the Habsburg monarchy, the court's impressive silver collection became property of the Austrian Republic. The museum's exhibitions of luxury crystal glasses, silverware, porcelain and more provide insight into the extravagant dining culture of the former imperial dynasty,
Discover fascinating facts about the incredible life of the beloved Sisi thanks to the museum audioguide as you explore the museum's six rooms dedicated to the Empress. Hear about her rebellion against court ceremony, her obsession with beauty and the deep sadness that affected her.
In an effort to escape the tragedies that had befallen her, Sisi travelled the world, until she was assassinated in 1898 in Geneva. The exhibition includes numerous objects belonging to the legendary empress, including childhood toys and musical instruments, her watercolour kit, jewellery and lavish outfits.
Explore the different bedrooms, studies and living rooms that were home to the Habsburgs for over 600 years, including the official and private chambers of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. Perfectly preserved with their original decor and furnishing, the rooms are an incredible testament to the splendour of the dynastic Austrian royal family and to their personal histories as well.
Your audioguide will keep you entertained and informed with interesting facts as you wander through the palace's offices, lounges and bedrooms.
With your ticket giving you access to all three parts of this fascinating museum, and the included audioguide providing enlightening explanations of the history of Imperial Austria, the Hofburg Palace is undoubtedly one of the best visits in Vienna.
The Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments and the Imperial Silver Collection are open daily, including public holidays.
September to June: 9 am to 5:30 pm.
July and August: 9 am to 6 pm.
Adults: € 15 (US$ 18.20)
Students (19-25): € 14 (US$ 17)
Children (6 to 18 years old): € 9 (US$ 10.90)
Vienna Pass holders: free.