Palace sights in Vienna
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The Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments) were once the official living quarters of Franz Josef I and Empress Elisabeth (or Sisi as she was affectionately named). The first section, known as the Sisi Museum, is devoted to Austria’s most beloved empress. It has a strong focus on the clothing and jewellery of Austria’s monarch. Audio guides – available in 11 languages – are also included in the admission price. Admission including a tour of either the Silberkammer or the Sisi Museum and Kaiserappartements costs €12.40 for adults, €11.40 for students and €6.90 for children.
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…