About the Hofburg PalaceThe palace of the Habsburg Emperors is located among huge palaces in the heart of the Old City. This palace was the center of power of the Habsburg Empire for centuries. The first part of the complex was a castle that stood here in the 13th century. Each of the Austrian kings added another layer to the site, in order to improve and make the complex more glamorous. Finally, the beautiful Royal Museum was created, in front of which you stand - each of which has a different style.
A glimpse of the imperial apartments is a bit like time traveling to the daily life of the palace of the rulers of the empire in previous centuries. Thus, by visiting the palace you can learn about the daily life of the aristocratic families. There are quite a few interesting attractions to visit - the impressive royal jewelry collection, the royal apartments where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Queen Elizabeth lived, including the imperial toilet of Emperor Franz Joseph, and the Cissi Museum - the museum showing Queen Elizabeth's personal items, the silverware of the palace.
The ancient parts of the palace are in the area surrounding the Swiss courtyard, which leads to the imperial treasury. Today the National Library is here, as well as the collection of instruments, a collection of weapons, the imperial luxury apartments, and the museum of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. An ethnographic museum is here displaying items from the entire world, especially interesting is the crown of Montezuma of the Aztecs, and items brought by Captain Cook during his travels.
When the Habsburg dynasty grew, the Hofburg Palace was enlarged and a grand residential complex was erected. Each step in the extensions and each new building was built in the preferred style of construction. This is why the palace complex can be found in almost any architectural style, from the Gothic style to the Baroque style to the Art Nouveau of the early 20th century.
Read on your own about the Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys Choir performs, every Sunday mass, and the Spanish Riding School, which dates back to the 16th century and sits in another ancient part of the palace.
TipsParents; during weekends and holidays there are tours held in the palace for children ages 6-11, where they measure royal clothes and learn how the emperors of the pas lived.