Visit Vienna’s Hofburg Palace: tickets, prices, opening hours

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Going on vacation to Austria? Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, the capital of music!

A trip to Vienna is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience in a modern, dynamic capital, rich in history and culture! Don’t miss out on a visit to its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the sublime Hofburg Palace at its heart.

When you step inside this incredible monument, you’ll discover the heritage and culture of Austria and the Imperial City.

Find out all you need to know about Vienna’s Hofburg Palace here!

History of Vienna’s Hofburg Palace

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Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, also known as the Imperial Palace, or simply La Hofburg, is an impressive edifice (one of the largest palaces in the world), whose construction began in the 13th century. Over the years, new buildings have gradually been added, the most recent dating from the 20th century.

It was the residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918, and thus the seat of Austrian power. This is still to some extent the case today, as it is here that the offices of the President of the Republic of Austria are located. But Vienna’s Hofburg Palace also houses museums, theSpanish Riding School and the congress center.

What to see and do at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace?

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Whether you’re a fan of history, museums, painting or architecture, you’re bound to fall under the spell of this impressive venue, as much for its size as for the wealth of its contents. The Palace covers an area of 240,000 square meters, with 18 wings, 19 courtyards and 2,600 rooms!

The entrance ticket entitles you to visit the Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum and the Silver Collection.

  • The Sissi Museum

Discover the most beautiful museum dedicated to the beautiful young and mischievous Empress of Austria Elisabeth in Bavaria, better known as Sissi. The museum is divided into several rooms, illustrating several important moments in Sissi’s life: her death, her myth, her personality, her actions, her flight and her tragic assassination attempt.

Personal objects, dresses, letters, poems, paintings… The empress’s life will hold no secrets for you after this visit!

  • The imperial apartments

Stroll through the 20 rooms that make up the Imperial Apartments of Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. It’s here that 600 years of history are on display, through a variety of valuable objects and other treasures, all of which have belonged to the emperors who have succeeded one another within its walls.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the rooms to discover: the imperial staircase, the Trabans’ room, the antechamber to the audience hall, the audience hall, the conference room, the study, the bedroom, the grand salon, the petit salon, the salon and the bedroom, the toilet and gymnastics rooms, the Bergl rooms, the empress’s grand salon, Elisabeth’s petit salon, the grand antechamber, Alexander’s apartments and the red salon (Boucher room) and the dining room.

  • The silverware collection

Imari porcelain, various dinner services, floral plates, foot-washing ceremonies, court kitchens… Take a step back in time as you enter the Imperial Chancellery wing, which houses the former Court Silver and Porcelain Office.

Whether you’re a connoisseur or an amateur, this exceptional collection will leave no one indifferent, offering you a glimpse into the art of dining at the Court.

How to get to the Hofburg Palace in Vienna

If you’d like to visit Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, you’ll find it at the following address: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria

It’s worth noting that the parking areas around Vienna’s Hofburg Palace are only available for a short time, which isn’t practical if you want to spend the whole day sightseeing. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you come by public transport! By the way, don’t hesitate to read our article  » Maps and detailed plans of Vienna  » to get around the city with your eyes closed!

  • By car :

A4 freeway: towards Vienna Centre, then take the Ring to the Hofburg.

Freeway A2 and A1: direction « Zentrum » to the opera house, continue on the Ring to the Hofburg.

  • By metro :

From the main station: take the U3 (orange metro line) in the direction of Simmering, to Herrengasse station (approx. 15 minutes).

From Wien Meidling station: take the U6 (brown metro line) towards Floridsdorf, and get off at Westbahnhof station. From here, take the U3 (orange metro line) towards Simmering and get off at Herrengasse station (approx. 25 minutes).

  • By streetcar’train :

From Vienna Schwechat airport: take the S7 to Wien Mitte station, then take the U3 to Ottakring and get off at Herrengasse station (60 minutes).

  • By bus :

– The airport bus will take you to the Wien Westbahnhof terminal (approx. 30 minutes). Then take the U3 towards Ottakring and get off at Herrengasse station.

Hofburg Palace opening times and prices

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SCHEDULES

The Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum and the Silver Collection are open every day of the year, including public holidays.

  • September to June: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • July and August: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

RATES

One ticket includes a visit to the Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum and the Silver Collection.

  • Full price: €15 with audioguide, €18 guided tour
  • Reduced rate (under 18, students aged 19 to 25, disabled persons): €9 with audioguide, €10.50 with guided tour

GOOD TO KNOW

To help you make the most of your visit to Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, here is some additional practical information:

  • Audioguides are available free of charge on site. But you can also download them in advance from the site to avoid queuing.
  • Please note that bulky objects or luggage (suitcases, large bags, etc….) are forbidden, and that there are no lockers on site.
  • Tours of the Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum and the Silver Collection are accessible to disabled visitors, and wheelchairs are available free of charge.
  • Pets are not allowed, with the exception of assistance dogs and guide dogs.
  • Hofburg Palace has no public Wi-Fi network