Formerly the winter residence of the Austrian royal family, the Hofburg Imperial Palace is now a lasting tribute to the glory of the Habsburg Empire. It’s one of Vienna’s most magnificent baroque palaces, located within Vienna’s UNESCO-listed historic center. Visitors to the Hofburg can explore the Imperial Apartments, visit the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection, or watch a performance at the world-famous Spanish Riding School.
Whether you choose to explore Vienna on a walking tour, a bike tour, by Segway, or on a day trip from Prague, almost all Vienna sightseeing tours make a stop at the Imperial Palace. Visit on a hop-on hop-off bus tour and explore the palace on your own, or take a guided tour and benefit from the experience of an expert guide. For a more personalized experience opt for a small-group or private tour, or combine your visit with a romantic horse and carriage ride, a trip to Belvedere Palace, or an excursion to Schönbrunn Palace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tickets include entrance to the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and Silver Collection. Entrance to the Spanish Riding School is separate.
- On-site facilities include restrooms, a gift shop, and a courtyard café.
- Filming and photography is prohibited within the Imperial Apartments.
- Large items such as suitcases, backpacks, and strollers are not allowed inside the palace. There is no coat or bag check available.
- The palace and museums are wheelchair accessible and concession rates are available.
How to Get There
The Hofburg Palace is located in Vienna’s historic center, with its main entrance on the northeastern side of Michaelerplatz, one of city’s most famous squares. The closest metro station is Herrengasse, accessible by the U3 train line. Trams 1, 2, D, and J stop at the nearby Burgring station.
When to Get There
The Imperial Palace is open daily, year-round. It’s at its busiest during the peak summer months of July and August, when it’s best to book tickets in advance to save on wait times. To avoid the crowds, opt to visit in the early morning or out of season.
The Museums of the Imperial Palace
Learn more about Austria’s beloved Empress Sisi and admire an impressive collection of dresses, personal items, and historic artifacts at the Sisi Museum. Then, follow in the footsteps of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth as you explore the lavish suites and staterooms of the Imperial Apartments. Finally, head over to the Imperial Silver Collection to see artifacts dating back to the 15th century.