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Timings : September - June: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
July - August: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Entry Fee : Adults: EUR 15
Students (19-25): EUR 14
Children (6 to 18 years old): EUR 9

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Hofburg, Vienna Overview

Hofburg has been the seat of power for Habsburgs for more than six centuries. The key attractions of Hofburg include Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum (Empress Elisabeth's private rooms), the Silver Collection, and the chapel where the Vienna Boys' Choir sings.

Spread across a vast area of 59 acres, the historically significant structure of Hofburg comprise of 18 groups of buildings, including 19 courtyards and 2,600 rooms. The former Imperial Palace until 1918, the place has been the seat of power for the Habsburgs for more than six centuries. Continuing the legacy of the place, it has been the official residence of every Austrian ruler since 1275 and currently serves as the official seat of the Austrian President. Hofburg being witness to plenty of actions over the years reflects the past through its architectural blend through Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo movements. Many other notable buildings are also worth visiting such as Imperial Chapel (Burgkapelle), the Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), the Austrian National Library, and the Hofburg Treasury with its large collection of Imperial regalia and relics of the Holy Roman Empire. The Prunksaal (State Hall) of the Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) situated within the central core exemplifies baroque architecture to its best along with one of the most incredible historic libraries in the world.

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