Empress Elisabeth’s large salon

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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, magnificent chandeliers made from Bohemian crystal and tiled stoves made from ceramic. 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.

Please note: The Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments and Imperial Silver Collection can be visited with a single ticket!

Imperial Palace Overview

Find information about the imperial family Habsburg on "The World of Habsburgs"

Imperial Apartments (Kaiserappartements)

1010 Vienna
  • Comments

    • Entrance via Entrance via Batthyanytor/Michaelerkuppel

  • Opening times

    • September to June
      Daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • July to August
      Daily 10 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
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Elevator available
      • Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Admission free for a person accompanying a blind visitor or a visitor in a wheelchair, provided
 that the accompanying person is included in the ID.

    • Comments

      Access to the exhibition rooms: elevator to the 1st floor, access to restaurant / café: 1 step.

      Number of steps to the first floor (Imperial Apartments&Sisi Museum): 72

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