The Imperial Treasury
There might be no clearer window onto the power and glory of the Habsburg Empire than the astonishing treasures it left behind.
From the Austrian imperial crown to the royal effects of the Holy Roman Empire, from the golden cradle of Napoleon’s son to embroidered robes from the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Hofburg Palace's Imperial Treasury Vienna boasts an astonishing collection. Objects otherwise mired in legend -- an eighth-century Holy Lance, the agate bowl once regarded as the Holy Grail, the eight-foot-long horn of an alleged unicorn -- come to life here. (The jewelry alone is spell-binding: the world's largest cut emerald, as well as pieces worn by Empress Elisabeth herself.)
But this is more than a history lesson. For connoisseurs of art and design, these artifacts put the latest trends into context -- an invaluable service performed by the most valuable treasures.
The Treasury is located in the Schweizerhof of the Hofburg Palace and is open daily (except Tuesday) from 9am to 5.30pm.