Hofburg Palace In Vienna
The Hofburg with a rich tinge of history along with a glorified image
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Hofburg Palace Tour In Vienna (Austria)
The former imperial palace in Vienna is referred to as the Hofburg. It had its inception in the 13th century and modifications to it extended to the future generations. The Habsburg dynasty rulers set up base here and in modern times it is the workplace along with the residence of the President of Austria. It is the summer as well as the winter residence of the royals. A lot of architects have worked on the Hofburg Palace in Vienna with Luchese the Italian being the most popular.
History of Hofburg Palace
The imperial palace is regarded as one of the biggest palaces of the world. One needs to take note of the fact that a great deal of European history was being scripted here. This relates to Empress Maria and for a certain amount of time, the emperor of Germany. One thing is for sure, there is a rich history attached to this complex with more than 700 years of architectural wonders. Almost all the rulers of Austria have been part of this place and it is being reflected in the manner where the structure of the building has changed.
The name itself mentions the Royal castle which pretty much means that the origin of it could be traced to the medieval times. In the days gone by it was assumed to be the seat of the Dukes of Austria and in the 13th century it went on to expand considerably as the position becomes all the more powerful. It continued its role as the head of the state and as stated it is being used by the president of the state.
Architecture of Hofburg Palace
Situated in an area of 59 acres, Hofburg Palace goes on to have around 18 groups in terms of buildings with 19 courtyards and around 2600 rooms. As a visitor when you go on to pay a visit to this place, you are presented with choices. This includes the Sisi Museum, the Imperial gardens along with the Silver collection. You can tour each of these places on an individual basis as part of your extended tour.
Hofburg treasury contains a priceless collection of secular and ecclesiastical valuables spanning a thousand years of European history. In the month of September 1958, a part of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna was opened to be public as a convention center. The administration work of the palace is under the supervision of the governor.
Things To See In Hofburg Palace
The Sisi Museum: The museum is dedicated to Empress Elisabeth called Sisi and tells about the royalty of the princess and her lavish lifestyle. The museum exhibits artifacts of the princess like gloves, notes containing her beauty regime, parasols, death mask which was made after her assassination. The museum also showcases the replicas of the dresses she wore during some important events.
The Silver Collection: The silver collection consists of the royal collection of tableware from the Imperial court, East Asian porcelain from the 18th century, Milanese centerpiece which is 10 meters long and made of gilded bronze. The museum also exhibits the various royal services like the Meissen service, the Ruby service which was used for grand and imperial occasions, and various other renowned dining services of that time.
The Imperial Apartments: One of the most fascinating sights to see at the Hofburg Palace is the Imperial Apartments. The dining room of the Franz Joseph Apartments is famous for its intricate artwork and rich decor. Various buildings at the guard room, large audience chamber, and Bohemian crystal candelabrum are also worth the visit. Also visit Alexander’s apartments, Empress Elizabeth Apartments, and Large Salon which houses a large collection of porcelain vases, Louis XIV furniture collection.
Each year the convention goes on to host around 300 to 350 events with around 300,000 guests being part of it. Among the events, meetings, conventions, concerts along with trade fairs rule the roost. The lower section of this palace once went on to accommodate the imperial kitchen. Though it has not been physically connected to the complex, it was originally built for Maxmillian, the crown prince.
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