Until 1918, the Hofburg was the center of the gigantic Habsburg empire. Originally planned as a lavish “Imperial forum”, the grounds were built up majestically by the Habsburg emperors – from the 13th century "Alte Burg" to the most recent addition from around 1900. Today, the Hofburg in Vienna is the official seat of the Austrian President. No traveler to should pass up the opportunity to visit the Hofburg: Here you will find more than two dozens collections of international standing. You will also discover cafés, restaurants, squares and parks to while away the time. Welcome to an imperial march through history, art and luxury, welcome to the Hofburg.