The Hofburg is the former Habsburg dynasty rulers‘ main imperial palace and today serves as the Austrian President’s official residence and a workplace. Located in the middle of Vienna, it was constructed in the 13th century and subsequently extended several times.

The name translates as “Castle of the Court,” which, when originally built during the Middle Ages, indicates its roots. The palace, originally planned as the seat of the Dukes of Austria in the 13th century, expanded over the decades as they became ever stronger and more powerful.

Today, it also hosts Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Quick facts

Name The Hofburg
Type Palace complex/Museums
Built/opened 13th century
Location Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, 1st district, Innere Stadt
How to get there This attraction is in the city center and is reachable on foot.
Ticket Price From $20, depends on the tour
Opening hours 7 days a week, 10:00-17:00
Official website

Originally built as a fortified palace, The Hofburg was being expanded through centuries and now it is a palace complex with 18 wings, 19 courtyards and 2,600 rooms totaling over 240,000 m² and with almost 5,000 people who work and live there.

The Hofburg - wall fountain
The Hofburg – wall fountain, photo by

Most visited parts of Hofburg are Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments and Silver Collection. The palace is also famous for hosting excellent classical music concerts.

Vienna Hofburg Orchestra: Mozart and Strauss Concert

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