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Hofburg Palace (Part II)
August 15, 2010

Hofburg Palace (Part II)

The Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government since 1279 for various empires and republics. The Imperial Palace, which until 1918 was inhabited by the imperial family, was originally a castle built in the thirteenth century, which was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm.

In the oldest part of the Imperial Palace (13th century) treasures from the possessions of the Habsburgs are shown. You can not only see the Emperor's Crown of the Holy Roman Empire (circa 962) and the Austrian Emperor's Crown (1602), but also the Burgundian Treasure from the fifteenth century and the Treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

The Chapel of the Imperial Palace also forms part of the oldest parts of the Hofburg. The Vienna's Boy Choir and members of the orchestra and choir of the Vienna State Opera are known as Court Music Orchestra and, as such, perform High Mass in the Chapel of the Imperial Palace on Sundays and religious holidays.

The Spanish Riding School is situated as well at the Hofburg. The School takes the "Spanish" part of its name from the horses which originated from the Iberian Peninsula during the 16th century and which were considered especially noble. It takes the Lipizzans several years of trainingship until they reach the perfections of the "high School of Classical Horsemanship". You experience the Lipizzans doing there astonishing performances at several occasions, as at a performance or the morning exercises.

 

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")