Hofburg Palace, Vienna

Hofburg ©ott1004/flickr

Hofburg ©ott1004/flickr

The Habsburg dynasty was principally living in the Hofburg Palace in the wintertime. Habsburg dynasty who were rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire were housed in the Hofburg Palace. Now it is the official residence of the President of Austria.

Palatial Complex

It is a huge palatial complex that had been expanded over the centuries. Exploring the residences within Amalienburg, the Naturhistorisches Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Hofkapelle chapel, the Burgkapelle chapel, the Imperial Library called Prunksaal, the national theatre (Burgtheater), the riding school (Hofreitschule), the horse stables, the treasury and even the Hofburg Congress Centre.

Austria’s Imperial Heritage

It is like a world of the Habsburgs for you to explore the Austria’s imperial heritage in this 21st century. Divided into three locations, first you will see the Imperial Silver Collection. Thirty meters long centerpieces use during the banquets and dining services of those days are on display. You can discover the exquisiteness that is put much to even the napery from linens to napkins.

Sisi Museum

Get a deeper insight into the Empress Elisabeth’s private life with all her very personal objects on display in the Sisi Museum. Thirdly is the Imperial Apartments of nineteen rooms, from well-furnished and fully decorated studies to reception rooms, to residential suites.

Of the Hofburg Vienna Convention Center, must to see is the Festsaal (festival hall). One thousand square meters of space, it is the biggest hall in the whole of Hofburg. It was originally build as a throne room. Tilt your head up to the ceiling for Emperor Franz Joseph’s motto translated as ‘With united strength’ (Viribus Unitis) and those amazing ceiling paintings. If you like paintings, there are the lower lunettes and octagonal panels filled with portraits of the Austrian famous historical figures such as Rudolf II, Maximilian I etc.

Amazing Coffered Ceiling

The ceremonial room (called Zeremoniensaal) with an ornate coffered ceiling and holding those amazing 26 crystal chandeliers that used to hold one thousand three hundred candeles.

Hofburg ©elbelbelb2000/flickr

Hofburg ©elbelbelb2000/flickr

The Marble Hall, the Privy Council Room which was part of the Early Baroque Leopold Wing, the Anteroom, Radetzky Apartments, Knight’s Hall in the Swiss Wing where Maria Theresia was baptised. The Guard Room, the beautifully adorned Redoutensaele in the Redouten Wing, see those frescos and murals by Josef Mikl and the 34 handwritten verses of Karl Kraus’ poem ‘Youth’.

The contemporary Hofburg

The Rooftop Foyer (Dachfoyer) in a striking spherical structure for secure conferences, the panoramic window with breathtaking views of the Michael Cupola.

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