Hofburg, Vienna

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the former winter-residence of the Kaiser

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    The Hofburg

    by Packerman Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Hofburg

    Favorite thing: Visit the buildings making up the Hofburg (Imperial Palace). Heldenplatz (Heroes Square), Neue Hofburg (New Imperial Palace), Schwizerhof (Swiss Courtyard), Alte Burg (Old Castle), Reichskanzleitrakt (Imperial Chancellery), Amalienburg (Castle of Amalia), Leopoldinischer Trakt (Leopoldine Wing), Michaelertrakt E Michaelerplatz (The Saint Michael Wing and The Square of Saint Michael).

    Fondest memory: I really liked the treasury and the Square of Saint Michael. Both places have so much beauty. I bought a Frank Sinatra cd in Vienna, and everytime I hear a Sinatra song I think of the beauty of Vienna. Since it was Autumn the days were crisp and sunny!

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    The statue of Erzherzog Karl...

    by steventilly Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The statue of Erzherzog Karl in Heldenplatz. This was important to us as our 'meeting place' - we went to Vienna on a coach trip from the somewhat remote village where we were staying. The hostess on the bus made it very clear that we should be back here at 4:30 or face the prospect of a long train journey back to Traunkirchen. The number of times this was drilled into us vergered on the ridiculous, but it ensured we were not late!

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    Well, back in the city centre...

    by steventilly Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Well, back in the city centre again and quite near where we started out. This is the Hofburg, a truly enormous series of palaces that houses a multitude of 'visitor attractions' including the Spanish Riding School.

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    explore the entire Ringstraße...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: explore the entire Ringstraße area... and see the many magnificent buildings located there. Amongst those not-to-be-missed landmarks include the Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater and Kunsthistorisches Museum.

    Photo Below: Here's a photo of the City Hall. Nice!

    Fondest memory: Did you know that the Austrian Parliament Building was designed by Danish architect, Theophil von Hansen, using a Greek temple as his inspiration?

    Today, it is definitely one of the most magnificent buildings on the Ringstraße. Don't miss the eye-catching Pallas Athena Fountain in front of the building's driveway. Cool.

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    Krystynn's General Tip

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Have you ever wondered what it feels like to live like a true Royal? Yeah, me too.

    Well, why don't you join a guided tour through the beautiful Hofburg Palace, the Imperial residence of Empress Elizabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph? Better to go on a guided tour and get all the inside scoop on past and current palace intrigues and gossips than to wander around aimlessly here. Whatever your decision, it'll surely leave you spellbound for sure!

    Today, this palace is a treasure trove of museums, apartments... and it also includes a portion of the Spanish Riding School. Enjoy your visit!

    And to drive my point home, here's a lovely pic of the Main Entrance to the Hofburg Palace as seen from Michaelsplatz.

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    There is so much to do in this...

    by Luis_Alberto Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: There is so much to do in this city, its almost impossible to mention, all its atractions. Of course you can not forget to visit the Belvedere Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen, there are plenty of great museums, art galleries, coffee houses, the list is quite extensive. Vienna is one of the great european cities. Just as grand or grander than London or Paris. In a smaller scale of course.

    Fondest memory: There is plenty of those. The coffee houses, The music, its architectural beauty. Just a great city!

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    Buy a metro-ticket and visit...

    by CvB Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Buy a metro-ticket and visit all the beautifull sights of Vienna. I've been to several capitals, but Vienna stays still one of my favorits. Because of the barok buildings, the city is very clean and people are really friendly.

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    Hofburg...

    by CandS Updated Oct 9, 2004

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    Hofburg

    Favorite thing: The Imperial Palace ("Hofburg" in German) houses the President's office these days... It's a really nice looking building..especially at night!

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    Imperial Palace

    by CandS Updated Sep 19, 2003

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    Imperial Palace

    Favorite thing: A night view of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace)... We were walking around one night and came across this place again...it looked so different in the day time...

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    Prunksaal - Doors

    by yooperprof Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    portal to knowledge

    Favorite thing: These are the grand doors which open onto the Memorial Hall of the National Library. They're like something out of Harry Potter movie.

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    Grand buildings

    by phil_uk_net Written Mar 11, 2003

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    One of Vienna's grand buildings

    Fondest memory: There are lots of grand buildings. I feel quite guilty not knowing the name of this one as I am sure it is very famous.

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    Stately & imperial palaces from Franz Jospeh's era

    by zrim Updated Mar 2, 2003

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    the new wing

    Favorite thing: The New Burg wing of the Hofburg complex which was the winter residence of the Habsburg emperors.

    This particular building is infamous because Hitler made a famous speech from the balconies.

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    see the Hofburg (Josefsplatz...

    by houba Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: see the Hofburg
    (Josefsplatz 1 )inside is the kaiserliche Hofbibliothek now the National bibliothek.
    The Hofburg was until 1918 the residence of the emperor.

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    Another view - one of the...

    by steventilly Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Another view - one of the 'arches' that lead from one part of the Hof to another. Quite impressive, I'd say.

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