The Burgkapelle (Royal Chapel) originally dates from the 13th century and received a Gothic makeover from 1447 to 1449, but much of this...
Austria’s flagship library, the Nationalbibliothek contains an astounding collection of literature, maps, globes of the world and other...
Nothing symbolises the culture and heritage of Austria more than its Hofburg, home base of the Habsburgs from 1273 to 1918. The oldest...
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...
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Kaiserliche Schatzkammer information
The Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury) contains secular and ecclesiastical treasures of priceless value and splendour – the sheer wealth of this collection of crown jewels is staggering. As you walk through the rooms you see magnificent treasures such as a golden rose, diamond-studded Turkish sabres, a 2680-carat Colombian emerald and, the highlight of the treasury, the imperial crown.
The wood-panelled Sacred Treasury has a collection of rare religious relics, some of which can be taken with a grain of salt: fragments of the True Cross, one of the nails from the Crucifixion, a thorn from Christ’s crown and a piece of tablecloth from the Last Supper. Audio guides in German, English, Italian, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish cost €4 (the shorter highlight audio tour is free) and are very worthwhile. A combined ‘Treasures of the Habsburgs’ ticket, which includes the Kunsthistorisches Museum, costs €20. Allow anything from 30 minutes to two hours for the Schatzkammer.