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Large Salon (c) SKB, Photo: Alexander Eugen Koller

The Imperial Apartments

The Hofburg was the residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years and thus the centre of the Holy Roman Empire. Apart from its function as the seat of government and administrative centre, the Hofburg was also the winter residence of the imperial family. From the 18th century onwards the court spent the summer at Schönbrunn Palace.



Living room & bedroom (c) SKB, Photo: Edgar Knaack

Court ceremonial dictated that each member of the family had their own apartment or suite in one of the numerous palace wings. Whereas most of these apartments today house a range of museums as well as offices, government ministries and the presidential chancellery, the Imperial Chancellery Wing and the Amalia Residence, which contained the apartments of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth, are today open to the public.

Sisi is getting the Amalienhof apartment and can use the Alexander Rooms for receptions and dinners. My living quarters go from the corner of the Imperial Chancellery to the large and horrible hall in which I will hold my audiences.


Dressing & Exercise Room (c) SKB, Photo: Tina Dietz

The fittings and furniture mostly date from the second half of the 19th century, but the majority of the ceramic stoves are part of the original 18th-century fittings. These stoves were fired by court stove-stokers from special parallel "heating" passages in order to avoid making the rooms dirty. From 1824 pipes for heating the stoves with hot air were installed. The chandeliers of Bohemian lead crystal were made by the firm of Lobmeyr and held candles until the end of the 19th century, when electricity was installed in the palace.


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How to get there

The Hofburg lies at the centre of Vienna and can best be reached by underground or other public transport. The entrance to the museums is directly below the great copper dome called the Michaelerkuppel, reached via the Michaelertor, the gate on the north-eastern side of the palace on Michaelerplatz.

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