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Posted on 27 August 2014.
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Imperial Palace - Hofburg


For more than seven centuries, the great empire of the Habsburgs was ruled from the Imperial Palace. Today, the Gothic Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs during High Mass on Sunday, is a remnant of the Imperial Palace during the Middle Ages.

In the centre of the old city, you can admire the splendour and magnificence of the daily life of the noblest family of the Habsburg monarchy when you visit the private apartments and state rooms. Numerous museums and collections represent the imperial family’s passion for art.

The Imperial Palace, which until 1918 was inhabited by the imperial family, was originally a castle built in the thirteenth century, which was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm.

Today, the Imperial Palace houses the office of the President of Austria as well as an important congress centre and numerous art collections.


Public transport lines which take you directly to the Hofburg
• Underground: U3 (orange), alight at Herrengasse
• Trams: 1, 2, D and J, alight at Burgring
• Bus: 2A and 3A, alight at Hofburg

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Palais Pallavicini


Special occasions deserve a special setting. The Palais Pallavicini is still family owned and the historic salons are kept lavishly restored and are among the finest in Vienna. 


Located prominently between the Imperial Palace and the Spanish Riding School, this architectural jewel combines baroque splendor and elegant classicism. The state rooms on the second floor were completely redesigned by Margrave Alfons Pallavicini between 1845 and 1850 and they can still be admired today in astonishingly good condition.


The staircase, with its beautiful classical latticework leads to the magnificent state rooms on the second floor. These rooms boast splendid stuccowork on their walls and ceilings, especially in the magnificent ballroom where a love of sumptuous detail and stunning mirror effects can still be seen on its ancient baroque walls. The impressive ornate chandeliers and candelabra are preserved to this day.


Josefsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna


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