The huge Hofburg (Court Palace) is the most important secular building in Vienna, once the center of the powerful Habsburg ... More
The huge Hofburg (Court Palace) is the most important secular building in Vienna, once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire. The old Hofburg, with its many different sections and courtyards, was built (and renovated many times) between the 13th and the early 19th centuries. The Neue Burg (New Palace) was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, despite the dwindling power of the Habsburg Empire. Today, the Hofburg is home to various museums (Völkerkundemuseum, Schatzkammer, Nationalbibliothek, Albertina, Theatermuseum, Prunksaal, Lippizanermuseum, Spanische Hofreitschule, and Kaiserappartments) and the library, as well as the offices of the Austrian President. At the Chapel, the choir of the Vienna State Opera performs mass. The Imperial Treasury houses the Emperor's Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Emperor's Crown. The furniture and the other collections truly spell class and luxury. In January, the glamorous Wiener Ärzteball takes place here.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Hofburg apartments. I believe that it was due to the excellent audio guide and the layout of the displays. It was interesting and very informative. If you visit both the Hofburg apartments and Schobrunn, make sure that you purchase the Sissi ticket, which includes both at a discount.
I would recommend this to everyone......it's a perfect example of how the Austrian Monarchy lived not all that long ago. I mean how much Rocco can one person take in, in one vist of just a few hours.
The opulence is way over the top and one could easily understand why the Archduke was killed in Serejevo so many years ago.
Do see - it is truly amazing!
The Hofburg Complex is a vast palace comprising of many buildings, courtyards, gardens and a church, all built over a seven century period. The Habsburgs imperial family lived and ruled here. The surrounding neighbourhood is filled with palaces of nobility who wished to live close to them. Today these buildings are apartments, hotels, and shops. The Hofburg complex offers tourists a lot to see and explore. There are two public gardens: the Volksgarten and Burggarten. The Winter Riding School where you can see the Lipizzaner stallions. The Greenhouses where you can visit the Butterfly Garden. The Albertina which houses one of the finest art collections. The Prunksaal is the largest Baroque library in Europe. The Burgkapelle or Hofburg Chapel where on Sundays you can hear the Vienna Boys Choir. The gothic Augustiner Church where some of the family tombs can be found. And of course, The State Apartments and Treasuries where you can view the furnished imperial apartments and their treasure. You can easily spend several days exploring all the sights of the Hofburg complex.
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