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Vienna: Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace

1. 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.

Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Join a highly personal and educational tour of Vienna Old Town. See the most important landmarks and monuments and immerse yourself in the history of the Austrian capital. Discover the cultural heritage of the Hofburg Empire and fall in love with the spectacular sights! During this tour, you will see the best-selected highlights and hidden gems of Vienna's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the monumental Hofburg Palace complex with gardens and numerous monuments. Next, head to the city hall Rathaus, a monolithic Neo-Gothic municipal building built using some 30 million bricks. You will also see the Burgtheater with its characteristic statues and staircases painted by Gustav Klimt. Tucked away among the elegant townhouses and luxurious shops of the spectacular Old Town, you will find the gorgeous 18th century St Peter’s Catholic Church (Peterskirche). Then at Stephansplatz, you will visit Austria's most prominent national symbol - St Stephen’s Cathedral. Step inside to see stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures. This will be an unforgettable experience for sure. Pick to 3-hour option to visit St. Peter’s Catholic Church, whose architecture mimics its famous namesake in Rome. Inside, you will be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of ornamental design with beautiful murals, paintings, and a domed roof with gilding. Learn about its architectural and artistic qualities and discover its history dating back to the beginning of the city. In addition, during the extended route, you will see more amazing sights, such as the Column of The Trinity and the Vienna University. Pick the 4-hour option to also visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, housed in part of the Hofburg palace complex. Inside the museum, you will find secular and religious treasures collected by Austrian emperors over the last 1000 years. Among its treasures are the Imperial Crown, Holy Lance, and Order of the Golden Fleece. Your Private Guide will share fascinating stories about the Austrian Empire and its wealth. The 6-hour tour will give you a full experience of Vienna Old Town with a visit to the mecca of Austrian history and culture - Hofburg Palace. Inside the former residence and government center of the Habsburg emperors, you will discover the treasures of the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection. Marvel at the ornate Rococo-style decor and antique furniture of the 24 private and official rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. See personal items of Sisi, the Empress, and a collection of extravagant silver, porcelain & crystal-glass tableware from Bohemia. Immerse yourself in the imperial wealth!

Vienna: Hofburg Palace, Sisi Museum & Silver Collection Tour

3. Vienna: Hofburg Palace, Sisi Museum & Silver Collection Tour

Discover what was the center of the Holy Roman Empire and the residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years at the Hofburg Imperial Palace Complex. Join a private guide to explore all 24 interior rooms, and marvel at the Silver Collection and Sisi Museum During the standard tour, step inside the Hofburg Palace Complex and visit the conference room, the private bedrooms of the imperial couple, the guest salons, and more. Get insight into the court dining culture of the imperial dynasty at the Silver Collection, and admire the valuable porcelain and crystal glasses. At the Sisi Museum, see over 300 personal items that belonged to Elizabeth von Habsburg. Find out about her cult of beauty and her obsession with being slim and athletic as you look at her dresses, parasols, gloves, and beauty preparations. Upgrade your standard tour to include private transportation to the Hofburg Palace in an air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy a hassle-free journey from your accommodation in Vienna, then get taken back to your accommodation after the tour. Opt for the extended tour to also visit the Imperial Treasury. There, explore one of the biggest collections of artifacts from the Holy Roman Empire and Austrian heritage. Inside, you will find the Imperial Crown, the famous Holy Lance, the Order of the Golden Fleece, and much more. Alternatively, choose the extended tour with an Old Town walking tour option. Learn interesting facts and legends of the city and see St. Stephan’s Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, and the Column of The Trinity. Wind your way through multiple alleys and discover different areas of the city with your local guide.

Combo Ticket: Kunsthistorisches Museum & Imperial Treasury

4. Combo Ticket: Kunsthistorisches Museum & Imperial Treasury

Visit the magnificent Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and see imperial masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Velázquez, Titian and Durer. Your ticket also allows access to the treasures of the House of Habsburg in the Imperial Treasury. See the Austrian imperial crown, magnificent German imperial crown, and the insignia of the Holy Roman Empire. Be dazzled by sparkling jewels and the largest cut emerald in the world.

Vienna: Spy Mission City Exploration Game

5. Vienna: Spy Mission City Exploration Game

Discover the city's fascinating history and attractions as you solve clues around Vienna. Explore this beautiful Austrian city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Vienna for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual ticket.

Vienna: Self-Guided Puzzle & Riddle Tour in the City Center

6. Vienna: Self-Guided Puzzle & Riddle Tour in the City Center

Explore historic places in the city center with a riddling story that takes you to top sights around Vienna. Immerse yourself in the interactive story and investigate a murder to help the local police. Have fun learning about Vienna with friends and family on this unique self-guided walking tour. See how reality and fiction have merged over the centuries to create legends about the city. Add a touch of magic by following Emma, the game’s heroine, on a quest to investigate a strange manuscript that tells of the dreaded double-headed Habsburg. Uncover the secret of this strange creature by searching for clues along the famous Ringstrasse, past historical buildings, and through the ancient streets. Solve the mystery of the double-headed Habsburg and find out how much magic the city truly holds. Put on your detective hat and experience a multimedia adventure in the heart of Vienna. Go at your own pace, in groups or solo, and see a new side of this historic city.

Vienna: Family-Friendly History for Kids Guided Walking Tour

7. Vienna: Family-Friendly History for Kids Guided Walking Tour

Avoid usual sightseeing tours and discover the highlights of Vienna with family-friendly vibes on a walking tour with a private guide. Enjoy a dose of historical facts, legends, and fairy tales. Visit top attractions with authentic collections or interactive solutions and learn with your guide. Follow your guide on an exciting adventure of history that includes tasks for children. Walk along Old Town streets and discover their highlights such as Hofburg, Rathaus, and St. Peter’s Church. Hear about the best-kept secrets and let the kids solve the mysteries of the city. Choose from 3 options to complement your walking tour. If you select the Imperial Treasury option, enter the Imperial Treasury for a better understanding of medieval times. Admire huge exhibitions presenting authentic Imperial artifacts, crowns, jewels, old militaries, royal robes, and swords. Alternatively, select the House of Music option to discover a modern, interactive, and one-of-a-kind sound museum. Explore 5 floors dedicated to the world of music and sound, and enjoy commentary from your guide. Test your own musical talent on the Virtual Conductor, compose your own waltz, and learn more about the finest musicians related to Vienna like Mozart, Strauss, and Beethoven. Upgrade to include a horse carriage ride around Old Town with the House of Music visit. Travel like in medieval times and see more of Vienna's Old Town, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Anker Clock, and Albertina. Your experience will be fulfilled with commentary from your local guide.

Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour

8. Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour

Learn all about one of the most beautiful cities in the world on this walking tour in Vienna. The tour starts with Roman Vienna and the question of why a castle was built here. Visit St. Michael's Church, Vienna's third oldest church with a combination of 3 different architectural styles. Learn all about the Hofburg Palace and the significance of the huge grounds covering 555,000 m². You will also discover details about the most important rulers in the city. Be impressed by the size of Heroes' Square and what lies behind the facades. Discover why any trip to Vienna should include a visit to the Imperial Treasury, what there is to see in the city, and things that you probably would have missed without your tour guide. As you walk past the Austrian National Library with its state room, you will find out what the symbol on the roof means and why the square is named after Emperor Joseph II. Visit the church where many Habsburg weddings took place (closed on Sundays and public holidays) and discover why the groom was not even present at some weddings. However, the city's history has also seen some dark times. As you walk past the Albertina and the Monument Against War and Fascism, you will be confronted with the horrors of the Second World War. You will also stop at the State Opera and find out why the Hotel Sacher now stands in place of the Carinthian Gate Theatre. You will be surprised about what anecdotes there are on the Providentia Fountain at Neuer Markt and on the Habsburg burial ritual in the Imperial Crypt. The walking tour ends at St. Stephen's Cathedral, the landmark of Vienna. Hear about its partial destruction during the Second World War and find out why not everything taught in school is correct.

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What people are saying about Imperial Treasury, Vienna

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This transaction results in a voucher you take to the museum and they give you a ticket in return. We went to the Kunsthistorisches today and found it to be one of the best art collections we had ever seen in a building too beautiful to describe. Tomorrow we will use the same ticket to enter the Imperial Treasury, hope it is as grand as today's visit was.

The combination tickets were very handy, you don’t need to visit both in the same day which is good because for the kunsthistorisches you will need at 2 hours to see everything. For the second one is relatively small so one hour maximum to see everything.

Heart of Vienna and royal Austria. Wonderful and must see. Ute was a great guide, and she quickly adapted to our family, and our 5yo daughter, making this tour so memorable for her. Thank you Ute

Sonia, our guide, is a very dynamic and friendly person and has great knowledge of the culture and history of Austria. Excellent!

Me gustó mucho la variedad de objetos y joyas que hay en el museo. Muy bien ambientado.