Hofburg Sights Walking Tour, Vienna

The Hofburg area has been the seat of Austrian government since 1279 for a sequence of empires and republics. Throughout centuries, it has been expanded to include various institutions, such as The Imperial Chapel, The Naturhistorisches Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum, The Austrian National Library and more. The area is also home to the former imperial palace, which now forms part of the official residence of the Austrian President. Alongside the governmental and cultural buildings, Hofburg houses the Spanish Riding School and the Imperial Horse Stables, which is something animal lovers might find particularly entertaining.
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Hofburg Sights Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Hofburg Sights Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: leticia
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Hofburg

1) Hofburg (must see)

The Hofburg, for many centuries, was the official home of the Habsburg Empire. Each successive Emperor has added to the opulence of the place. The famous family used to make this their winter home. In more modern times, this is now the official home of the President of Austria. This place can trace its history all the way back to 1279, as the official seat of one government or another. The overall complex now includes official state rooms for the President, museums of various sorts that are all...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Michaelerplatz

2) Michaelerplatz (must see)

Michaelplatz is a very famous section of old Vienna. It is essentially the entrance into Hofburg. As you first enter the area, you will notice perhaps the most famous part of the place, which is the Michaelertor gate. It is designed in classic neo Baroque style.

The oldest building in this area is the Michaelerkirche. This used to be the official church of the Emperors for years. The center of the square is dominated by ancient Roman remains of a house. There are also some old Medieval walls...   view more
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Spanish Riding School

3) Spanish Riding School (must see)

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is famous the world over. Many of their troops actually perform in other countries. In fact, one of their largest fan populations lives in the U.S. The place is famous for the Lipizzaner horses which have been raised there. The facility provides instruction in the famous military tactics that the horses were famous for since the time of Napoleon. They are also a formal dressage school. The group offers public performances, which include the famous Winter...   view more
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Vienna Hofburg-Orchestra

4) Vienna Hofburg-Orchestra

In a place where music has flourished for centuries and music houses abound, the Vienna Hofburg-Orchestra is a mere babe in arms. It was founded in 1971and its main goal is to cultivate the Viennese waltz and also the music of the opera. Its 36 musicians come from all over Vienna and are joined by 6 international as well as local vocal talents.

They can be found performing in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna as well as the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Wiener Musikverein. Every year they...   view more
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Hofburgkapelle

5) Hofburgkapelle (must see)

The Hofburgkapelle is a chapel that was essentially swallowed up by the Imperial castle. In fact at one point only the apse was visible externally. The chapel has been a part of church life in Vienna since at least 1424. While the castle around the chapel has been added to and ownership divided amongst various royalty, the chapel remained open for the use of all the peoples of Vienna.

Today, from September to April, the Vienna Boys Choir and members of the Vienna State Opera orchestra perform...   view more
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Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury)

6) Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury) (must see)

The Schatzkammer holds what is considered the greatest treasury collection in the world. It is located in the Hofburg complex, so it can be visited at the same time you visit other locations there. Most days, you can get in a good visit in about an hour and a half. The entrance is located at the Swiss Courtyard.

In that hour of time, you can tour the treasures of the Habsburg Empire, which reaches back over one thousand years. The items on display have a long history of movement over time:...   view more
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Neue Burg

7) Neue Burg (must see)

Neue Burg, or New Château, was an incredible addition to the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Its construction began toward the end of 19th century and concluded at the beginning of the 20th. The Neue Hofburg palace was the residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Today it houses a number of museums (the Ephesos Museum, the Collection of Arms and Armour, the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments, and the Museum of Ethnology) as well as some reading rooms of the national library. The Hofburg Congress...   view more
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Ephesos Museum

8) Ephesos Museum (must see)

The Ephesos Museum is part of the larger Imperial Palace complex at Hofburg. Up until 1918, this whole location was still part of the palace and buildings that were the central home of the Habsburg Empire. Today there are many small exhibits that fill most of the spaces here. The notable exception is the large palace itself which is now the official home of the President.

The Ephesos display focuses on the Turkish city by that name and attempts to tell the history of that place from early...   view more
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Volksgarten

9) Volksgarten (must see)

The Volksgarten – or, roughly, "people's park" – is one of the most beautiful public outdoor places in all of Vienna. Located in the Innere Stadt, it was built over the top of the part of the city that was destroyed during the reign of Napoleon. The facility was finished and first opened to the general public in 1820.

Volksgarten's fame comes from the gardens located within, especially the rose section. There is also a very famous temple here, called the Theseus. It is...   view more
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Naturhistorisches Museum

10) Naturhistorisches Museum (must see)

The Naturhistorisches Museum is part of the larger Wien complex of exhibits located all over the city of Vienna. The current facility has grown to over 90,000 square feet in size. In recent years, software has been developed to allow you to tour part of the place via a virtual tour.

The location is known worldwide, as it is one of the most important collections of items of natural history to be found anywhere. The project started over 250 years ago and now features over 20,000,000 pieces of...   view more
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Kunsthistorisches Museum

11) Kunsthistorisches Museum (must see)

The very name of the place means “Museum of Art History.” Many locals just call it the KHM. The place was founded in 1891, and was designed at the same time as the Maria-Theresien Platz. Construction of the building lasted for 19 years. It is one of the most impressive art collections in all of Europe. Emperor Franz Joseph the First of Austria was responsible for the construction. It was designed mainly to hold the impressive art collection of the Hapsburgs.

The central structure on...   view more
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Burggarten

12) Burggarten (must see)

The Burggarten is located in Vienna’s 1st district. It was originally a garden on the grounds of the Hofburg Palace. The space was originally partially occupied by a wall that surrounded the palace and the city to protect against invaders. However, it did little to stop Napoleon’s advance upon the city and as he left portions of the wall were destroyed.

In the space where the wall had been, a beautiful formal garden in the English tradition was created on the palace grounds. After the...   view more
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Albertina Giftshop

13) Albertina Giftshop

What to buy here: Museum memorabilia. Vienna has some of the most interesting and well curated museums in the world so it is no surprise to learn that their gift stores are full of great designs. At the Architekturzentrum you will find an unusual yet useful gift, portable porta-folios designed as a kind of excursion kit for tourists with a penchant for architecture. With detailed descriptions of building data and maps they are the perfect gift for any architeture enthusiast, priced at €9.90 at...   view more
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Albertina Museum

14) Albertina Museum (must see)

Albertina Museum's claim to fame centers on its very large collection of old master prints and drawings. In fact, there are over 65,000 drawings in storage here. Apart from the graphics collection, the museum has recently acquired on permanent loan two significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th-century art, some of which will be on permanent display. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful building with a fantastic selection of...   view more
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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

15) Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (must see)

The Austrian National Library is the single biggest institution of its kind in all of Austria. Currently located in the Hofburg Palace, it houses over 7 million items in its collection, including many very old books, globes, maps, and musical scripts. The library also houses one of the world’s largest collections of autographs.

The State Hall located in the building is probably the most stunning part of a trip to this place. It was designed and commissioned by Emperor Charles VI. It was...   view more
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Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vienna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Sacred buildings in Vienna impress visitors with their historic architecture and magnificent interiors. The remarkable Gothic Stephansdom, charming Baroque St Peter’s church, and other sacred buildings of Vienna provide not only a history of the city, but a refreshing look at truly beautiful architecture, as you will see in this tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Music Venues Walking Tour

Music Venues Walking Tour

To call Vienna the "Music Capital of the World" would not be an exaggeration. It is home to a vast range of magnificent music venues where you can enjoy the sounds of Mozart’s arias, fabulous compositions by the "King of Waltz" Johann Strauss, famous Viennese Waltzes and other superb works of world-known musicians. Come enjoy the majestic sounds you will hear in some of the most popular music venues of Vienna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Old Town West Walking Tour

Old Town West Walking Tour

The Innere Stadt, first district of Vienna, is part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of the city. Originally the inner city was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates. The Western part of the Old Town houses the Parliament Building, The Rathhaus, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces. Take this tour to explore the famous attractions in the West area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Old Town Souvenir Shops

Old Town Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Vienna without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vienna, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Famous Homes of Vienna

Famous Homes of Vienna

Vienna was once the home or temporary residence for a number of celebrated people and noble families. Talented musicians, composers, architects and even famous psychologist Sigmund Freud once resided in this beautiful city. Most of their former homes are now museums which acquaint us with the lives and works of these famous persons.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Old Town Center Walking Tour

Old Town Center Walking Tour

The Innere Stadt, first district of Vienna, is part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of the city. Originally the inner city was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates. Take this tour to explore the beautiful landmarks, famous museums and specialty shops in the Central area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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