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Hofburg Palace (Part I)
August 12, 2010

Hofburg, HeldenplatzHofburg Palace is situated in Vienna's first district. Hofburg Palace was originally a medieval castle. The Hofburg was extended to a magnificent residence when the Habsburg's power increased. That's why today, it consist of almost any architectural style, from gothic to art nouveau.

Hofburg Palace housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Hofburg Palace was the Habsburg's official principal winter residence, as the Schönbrunn Palace was their preferred summer residence. Hofburg Palace currently houses the office of the President of Austria as well as an important congress center and numerous art collections.

The Hofburg is a must for anybody wanting to explore the world of the Habsburgs. Emperor Franz Joseph and his Elisabeth lived here with their children and the entire royal household. Today, the former private apartments of the imperial family in the Imperial Palace are open to the public. The Sisi Museum offers you fascinating insights into the official and private worlds of Empress Elisabeth.

The Imperial Silver Collection exhibits Habsburg's dining service and silverware. Among other things, one can admire the famous "Milan Centerpiece," which is almost 30 meters long.

 

How to get there by public transportation:

Subway: line U3 (get off at "Herrengasse")

Bus: Lines 2A or 3A (get off at "Hofburg")

Tram: Lines 1, 2, D (get off at "Burgring")