The Imperial Palace Vienna

Get an overview of the Palace area, its history and the Palace fire brigade.

Since its construction in the mid-13th century, the Hofburg Vienna has been subject to constant change. It is a reflection of the most diverse cultural, political, social and uneconomic changes in Austrian history.

The oldest part of the building is today's Schweizerhof, whose foundation dates back to the Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II. This square, late-medieval castle was repeatedly rebuilt, extended and combined with its surrounding buildings over the following centuries to form the complex that is today's Vienna Hofburg.

With the wish to erect the so-called Imperial Forum, Emperor Franz Joseph I set in motion a last major expansion process of the area in the second half of the 19th century. However, this was never fully realised. All that was completed was today's Maria-Theresien-Platz with the two world-famous museums, the Neue Burg and the Michaelertor with its imposing dome.

Today's Hofburg Vienna covers an area of more than 300,000 in the centre of Vienna. It is at once a residence, workplace, cultural centre and urban recreation area.

QR-Code Hearonymus App Hofburg Wien

New: Audioguide for the Vienna Hofburg area

The audio-visual guide for the entire Hofburg grounds provides an audio-visual experience of the Vienna Hofburg. A total of 23 stations guide visitors through the grounds and provide historical facts and interesting information about the individual wings, courtyards and squares.

The app and audio guide can be downloaded directly to your smartphone from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. There are also QR codes on the information pillars at the Hofburg and at the information stand of the Burghauptmannschaft Österreich. Scan them with your mobile phone camera and go directly to the audio guide in the HEARonymus app. The entire audio guide and the download of the app are completely free of charge, and there are no hidden in-app purchases.

In 2016, the Hofburg Vienna was awarded the European Heritage Label (EHL). This recognises historical sites that are significant for European history. For more information on the European Heritage Label of the Hofburg Wien, please see European Heritage Label

Guidance system for the Vienna Hofburg

The new guidance system features a combination of signposts, a 3D map and a representation of the most important institutions. The International Institute for Information Design (IIID) awarded the Hofburg Vienna guidance system bronze in the Wayshowing category. It was implemented by "benutzbar - Egger/Ehrenstrasser". The Hofburg is an area that has grown continuously over 700 years and has been made more accessible by the new guidance system. Orientation has been improved considerably.

Informationsstelle der Burghauptmannschaft Österreich

New BHÖ Info-Point

Located in the passageway between the Inner Burghof and Heldenplatz, the Info-Point not only provides information on what is currently happening at the Vienna Hofburg, it also displays the museum's wide range of own products such as books and games as well as folders on building projects and exhibitions in the museums.

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