The Hofburg was the original centre of the Habsburg court, where the Imperial family lived, worked and ruled(and ate remarkably expensive dinners).
Today, this collection of buildings and open spaces serves a variety of purposes, from the President’s offices to the National Library and the Spanish riding school.
Main Hofburg highlights
There’s a main indoor area that offers insights into Imperial life. Everything from Empress Elisabeth’s bathroom to Habsburg cake tins. A winter palace self-guided tour through this area covers three highlights:
The Hofburg – what else to see
And there’s more…
The Neue Burg: an extensive palace wing and home to the National Library, Ephesos Museum, Weltmuseum, the House of Austrian History, and two important collections: Arms & Armour, and Historical Musical Instruments.
Heldenplatz: the huge square in front of the Neue Burg, featuring the monument to Prinz Eugen von Savoyen, great views of the Neue Burg, and often hosting events like the harvest festival or Waldviertelpur.
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