Rick Steves Tour: Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Vienna


By Rick Steves

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Rick Steves’ Tours eBooks are straightforward, self-guided tours of some of Europe’s most popular museums, ancient buildings, and other points of interest, designed for easy reference on your mobile device or eReader. In Rick Steves’ Tour: Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Vienna-for less than the price of a cappuccino-Rick shares his candid advice on how to get the most out of a visit to the Hofburg Imperial Apartments, including when to go, how much it costs, and what’s worth your time once you’re there. With Rick’s knowledgeable, humorous writing in hand, you’ll also learn some interesting historical facts about the royal rooms along the way. Packed with indispensable tips and recommendations from America’s expert on Europe, Rick Steves’ Tour: Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Vienna is a tour guide in your pocket-and on your smartphone.

Rick Steves’ Tours and Walks are available for must-see locations throughout London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Athens, and Istanbul.


Hofburg Imperial Apartments Tour



Map: Hofburg Imperial Apartments Tour

Imperial Porcelain and Silver Collection

Sisi Museum

Imperial Apartments

The Emperor’s Rooms

Empress’ Rooms

In this tour of the Hofburg Imperial Apartments, see the lavish, Versailles-like rooms that were home to the hardworking Emperor Franz Josef and his eccentric empress, “Sisi.” From here, the Habsburgs ruled their vast empire.

Franz Josef was (for all intents and purposes) the last of the Habsburg monarchs, and these apartments straddle the transition from old to new. You’ll see chandeliered luxury alongside office furniture and electric lights.

Franz Josef and Sisi were also a study in contrasts: Franz was earnest, practical, and spartan; Sisi was poetic, high-strung, and luxury-­loving. Together, they lived in the cocoon of the Imperial Apartments, oblivious to how the world was changing around them.

The Hofburg, home of emperors for 600 years, and now the office of the Austrian president


Cost: €11.50, includes well-done audioguide; also covered by €25.50 Sisi Ticket, which includes the Schönbrunn Palace Grand Tour (where you can skip the line) and the Imperial Furniture Collection.

Hours: Daily July-Aug 9:00-18:00, Sept-June 9:00-17:30, last entry one hour before closing.

When to Go: It can be crowded mid-mornings, so go either right at opening time or after 14:00.

Getting There: Enter from under the rotunda just off Michaelerplatz, through the Michaelertor gate.

Information: With this chapter, the included audioguide, and the posted English information, you won’t need the €9 Imperial Apartments/Sisi Museum/Silver Collection guidebook. Tel. 01/533-7570, www.hofburg-wien.at.

Length of This Tour: 90 minutes. If you listen to the entire audioguide, allow nearly 2 hours: 40 minutes for the silver collection, 30 minutes for the Sisi Museum, and 40 minutes for the apartments.



On Sale
Sep 13, 2016
Page Count
12 pages
Rick Steves

Rick Steves

About the Author

Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually.  He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves’ Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at http://www.ricksteves.com and on Facebook.

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