The Sisi Museum is devoted to the life of Austria’s Empress Elisabeth, often called ‘Sisi’. A reconstruction of the luxurious coach...
The Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments) were once the official living quarters of Franz Josef I and Empress Elisabeth (or Sisi as...
Vienna Boys' Choir Tickets
The choir sings during Sunday mass in the Burgkapelle (Royal Chapel) in the Hofburg, but occasional concerts are also given during the...
01, Michaelerkuppel · interesting places nearby
Nothing symbolises the culture and heritage of Austria more than its Hofburg (Imperial Palace). The Habsburgs were based here for over six centuries, from the first emperor (Rudolf I in 1273) to the last (Karl I in 1918). The Hofburg owes its size and architectural diversity to plain old one-upmanship; new sections were added by the new rulers, including the early baroque Leopold Wing, the 18th-century Imperial Chancery Wing, the 16th-century Amalia Wing and the Gothic Burgkapelle (Royal Chapel). The oldest section is the 13th-century Schweizerhof (Swiss Courtyard), named after the Swiss guards who used to protect its precincts. The Renaissance Swiss gate dates from 1553. The courtyard adjoins a larger courtyard, In der Burg, with a monument to Emperor Franz II adorning its centre. The palace now houses the offices of the Austrian president and a raft of museums.