The Hofburg & Around attractions

Top Choice Museum in The Hofburg & Around

Kaiserliche Schatzkammer

The Hofburg's Kaiserliche Schatzkammer contains secular and ecclesiastical treasures, including devotional images and altars, particularly from the baroque era, of priceless value and splendour – the sheer wealth of…
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Hofburg

Nothing symbolises Austria's resplendent cultural heritage more than its Hofburg, home base of the Habsburgs from 1273 to 1918. The oldest section is the 13th-century Schweizerhof (Swiss Courtyard), named after the …
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Kaiserappartements

The Kaiserappartements, once the official living quarters of Franz Josef I and Empress Elisabeth, are dazzling in their chandelier-lit opulence. The highlight is the Sisi Museum, devoted to Austria’s most beloved em…
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Albertina

Once used as the Habsburgs' imperial apartments for guests, the Albertina is now a repository for what's regularly touted as the greatest collection of graphic art in the world. The permanent Batliner Collection – w…
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Neue Burg Museums

The Neue Burg is home to the three Neue Burg Museums. The Sammlung Alter Musik Instrumente (Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments) contains a wonderfully diverse array of instruments. The Ephesos Museum features…
Library in The Hofburg & Around

Nationalbibliothek Prunksaal

Austria’s flagship library, the Nationalbibliothek, contains an astounding collection of literature, maps, globes of the world and other cultural relics; its highlight, though, is the Prunksaal (Grand Hall), a majes…
Museum in The Hofburg & Around

Sisi Museum

Inside the Kaiserappartements, the Sisi Museum is devoted to Austria’s Empress Elisabeth, affectionately known as Sisi. A partial reconstruction of her luxurious coach is a highlight, but it’s the details that give …
Mausoleum in The Hofburg & Around

Kaisergruft

Beneath the Kapuzinerkirche, the Kaisergruft is the final resting place of most of the Habsburg royal family, including Empress Elisabeth. Opened in 1633, it was instigated by Empress Anna (1585–1618). Her body and …
Museum in The Hofburg & Around

Globenmuseum

Part of the Nationalbibliothek collection of museums, along with the Esperantomuseum and Papyrusmuseum (admission covers all three; audio guides are €2), this small museum situated inside a former palace (Palais Mol…
Museum in The Hofburg & Around

TheaterMuseum

Housed in the baroque Lobkowitz palace (1694), this museum has temporary exhibitions on Vienna's theatre history. It also displays the collection from the Staatsoper's former museum with portraits of operatic greats…