As the center of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna was designed to be a Hapsburg showcase, and the majestic Hofburg Palace was, and still is, the cityâ€™s crown jewel.
Situated along the Ringstrasse in Vienna, this sprawling complex, one of the Top Vienna attractions was home to the Hapsburgs for over 600 years. Die Burg, or the Palace, as it is commonly known, is said to have started off as medieval castle. As the Hapsburg Empire grew, so did their residence. Each emperor added his own opulent touch to the existing structure, expanding the complex into the masterpiece it is today.
To this day the Palace is a place of power. The Austrian President operates out of an office here, as do many government officials.
The Palace has over 2500 rooms, many of which are open to the public. Amongst these are the well preserved imperial apartments; the Sisi Museum, chronicling Empress Sisiâ€™s life; and the Imperial Treasury, displaying the Hapsburg crown jewels.
The Palace Cathedral is a masterpiece in its own right. It also hosts the famous Vienna Boysâ€™ Choir every Sunday during high mass. Another famous act can be seen at the edge of the palace grounds, where the prestigious Spanish Riding School operates; practice sessions are open to the public for a small entrance fee.
The complex is large and exhausting. If youâ€™re lucky you can catch a special exhibit or event taking place on the grounds. Otherwise you can unwind across one of the many manicured gardens that pepper the complex. On most days youâ€™ll find clusters of teenagers and tourists stretched out here.
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