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The Imperial Palace
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Hofburg and Heldenplatz

In the middle of the city center, you can marvel at the splendor and magnificence that made up the everyday life of the former imperial family on a visit of the private chambers and staterooms. Numerous museums and collections represent the imperial family’s passion for art.

Historically developed complex

The Imperial Palace, which until 1918 was inhabited by the imperial family, was originally a castle built in the thirteenth century, which was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm.

Today, the Imperial Palace houses the office of the Federal President as well as an important congress center and numerous art collections.

Historic Heldenplatz, once planned as an extensive imperial forum, is dominated by the monumental equestrian statues of Prince Eugen and Archduke Karl. This spot affords the best view of the Imperial Palace as well as the adjacent Volksgarten.

Immerse yourself in the Imperial Palace – Imperial Apartments and Treasuries