See Empress Sisi’s decadent lifestyle in the Hofburg Palace, Vienna

The Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection are all co-located in Vienna, as part of the Hofburg Palace in the centre of the city. It’s a place to visit when you want to see how the other half lived, because everything here is decadent. You’ll see the restored rooms of the apartment where Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth – “Sisi” – lived, plus there is a museum devoted entirely to Sisi herself. Finally, you get to the silver collection, which was less interesting to me although still quite astounding.

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My strongest memory is actually losing a colleague amongst the collection – fortunately he showed up later at our hotel – but it is true that it’s a rather winding, rambling collection, divided a little confusingly into separate sections, although this layout gives it a kind of “wonderland” feeling, appropriate since for most of us it’s utterly unrealistic to think we could ever live in such style or with such belongings.

Check the Hofburg website for visiting details if you want to experience this decadence yourself – it’s open every day so easy to fit into your Vienna sightseeing itinerary. At the moment €9.90 gets you in and even includes an audio guide in your language, so it’s a reasonably priced way to spend an afternoon. Try not to get lost like my colleague did!

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