- once imperial residence of the Habsburgs and until 1918 the political center of the monarchy - still houses unique art treasures: In the Imperial Treasury
is the most important treasure trove from the Middle Ages: the insignia and gems of the Holy Roman Empire with the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance. Other highlights include the crown of Emperor Rudolf II, treasures of the Order of the Golden Fleece, one of the largest emeralds in the world, a huge Narwalzahn and a late antique agate bowl, which was considered the legendary Holy Grail. Furthermore, the history of art, piety and religion is documented: The objects tell of the medieval cult of the relics, of Habsburg Catholicism at the time of the Counter-Reformation, of barbarian piety and Austrian folk beliefs.
The imperial everyday life is also vividly depicted in the Silver Room
: the lavish table culture of the Habsburgs alone shows the enormous effort required by a royal household of up to 5,000 people.
The Imperial Apartments
- 19 working, living and reception rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sisi - are furnished in a historically authentic way and, in their comparatively modest appearance, make a delightful contrast to the lush splendor of the summer residence Schönbrunn.
The Sisi Museum
provides insights into the private life of the famous empress; In addition to her toilet and gymnasium, among other things, a reconstruction of her polter evening dress, her robe and her death mask are exhibited. Dumb witnesses of a life that ended too violently too early - which contributed not insignificantly to the "myth Sisi".
Hofburg: Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (July to August), 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. (September to June)
Imperial Treasury: Daily (except Tuesday) 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
For further information, please visit www.hofburg-wien.at or www.kaiserliche-schatzkammer.at.