The Imperial Apartments
The Imperial Palace in Vienna served as the residence and workplace of the imperial family until the end of the monarchy in 1918. The chambers of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth can be visited. The tour leads through 24 rooms, from the imperial staircase, through audience rooms and studies, to the living rooms and bedrooms of their majesties. Emperor Franz Joseph and "Sisi" lived here with their children and the entire court.
The rooms are in the Rococo style, with rich stucco work and valuable tapestries from Brussels (17th and 18th centuries), chandeliers made from Bohemian crystal and tiled stoves made from porcelain. The furniture, added in the nineteenth century, is in the Louis XV and Empire styles. Highlights of the tour are the dressing-cum-exercise room and the bathroom of the empress. Sisi spent most of her time in the exercise room. Her day began here at six o'clock in the morning with the daily hairdressing ritual. The exercise equipment installed here, such as the wall bars, high bar and rings in the door frame, are still retained. The dining room with its opulently laid table is also impressive.
At the Café Hofburg, you will be treated royally with a great number of culinary delights.
Find information about the imperial family Habsburg on "The World of Habsburgs"
Imperial Apartments (Kaiserappartements)Hofburg, 1010 Wien
Entrance via Kaisertor
Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Guided tour for children Sa - Su, 10:30 - 14:30
- Guided tour for children on holidays, 10:30 - 14:30
- September to June
- no steps
- 135 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Access to the exhibition rooms: elevator to the 2nd floor, access to restaurant / café: 1 step.
Number of steps (Imperial Apartments): 72
- Main entrance