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Vienna's Hofburg Palace: Top 5 fascinating facts

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.

  • Home of Kings, Emperors and Presidents

    1. Home of Kings, Emperors and Presidents

    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.

  • Architectural Variety

    2. Architectural Variety

    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.

  • The Imperial Appartments

    3. The Imperial Appartments

    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.

  • 4. The Imperial Silver Collection

    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.

  • 5. The Sisi Museum

    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.

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

It seemed hard to hop on and off as there is too much to see at certain stops and it would be a challenge to match Dutch visits with the bus schedule. However, just staying on the red and blue routes throughout (60 min each) provides an excellent overview of the city as the bus drives through key areas with the general commentary from the audio guide on board. Highly recommend taking the premium package including the additional 2.5 hour walking tour (the guide Charles is fantastic) and evening bus tour (60 min, with live commentary by Charles). Overall, a must if you are visiting Vienna!

Highly recommend this mini tour and what I recommend the most is Stephen like the church ;) he really made my day in Vienna, I didn’t know where to begin my journey to explore and that’s was the best start I could do. Go see Stephen and his knowledge of where he was born and grew up.

The guide was very knowledgeable and answered every question. I would book here again anytime.

Very interesting tour with a very personable guide and exciting facts - highly recommended!

The treasury was exquisite. A lot to see, an amazing experience.