The Kaiserapartments inside the Hofburg are another museum, showing the royal chambers of Kaiser Franz Joseph, his wife, Kaiserin Sisi and the russian Tsar Alexander I, who was living there in 1815 during the "Wiener Kongress". The entrance to the Kaiserapartments is under the golden dome of Michaelator and you may also see there the gym and the bath-tub of Sisi and a long table, set up with precious plates and cutleries for a royal dinner.
The Kaiserapartements in Hofburg are
open daily except tuesday 09.00a.m. - 04.30p.m.
guided tours are available saturday & sunday
The Museum of old instruments is one of the collections inside Neue Burg and there you may see the pianos, where Mozart, Beethoven, Joseph Hayden and Franz Schubert used to perform their works. Even more famous is their collection of renaissance-instruments - it is considdered the most precious collection of these instruments. Another highlight in their collection is a Klavichord, dating back to 1596 - it is able to imitate various instruments and even the singing of birds.
Another highlight of the museum is a small-scale model of the city of Vienna. It dates back to the year 1845, and shows still the medieval townwalls around the city - that wall was taken down later-on in order to build Ringstrasse, as you will see it nowadays !
The Museum of old instruments is open
daily except tuesday 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
The Ephesusmuseum is next to the Ruestkammer and when I remember it correctely, you may enter it by the same ticket. Ephesus - in the south-west of Turkey - is one of the most interesting antique towns, it was mentioned already in the Holy Bible and you may walk there still on the antique pavement, see the facade of the famous Celsus-library and many houses and temples that were restored by Austrian archeologists since the 19th century. These scientists have taken several works of art to Vienna, the most important of them is a giant sculptured stone-frieze showing the victory of Lucius Verus against the Parter in 165 A.D.
The Ephesosmuseum is open
daily except tuesday 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
Schatzkammer is the treasury of the Hofburg and it shows various crowns of the Austrian empire, precious gold- and silverplates and cutleries, and even a 33-meters long centre-piece made of gold-bronze, it was ment as a table-decoration for banquets at the royal court. The oldest crown in Schatzkammer dates back to the 10th century and so it is no wonder, there is a real tresor-door at the entrance to this museum and a lot of people watching each of your steps through the collections !
Photography is not forbidden, but unfortunately it is quite dark in that museum !
Photography only without flash or tripod !!
the Schatzkammer is open daily except tuesday 10.00a.m.-06.00p.m.
at dezember 31st it is only open untill 01.00p.m.
Schatzkammer is closed January 1st + May 1st + November 1st !!
Hofburg is a giant area in the very centre of vienna and it includes all of the buildings between Albertina - Nationalbibliothek - Ballhausplatz and between the Burg-Ring and the stables of the Vienna White Horses / Lippizaner. The Hofburg used to be the living-quaters of the austrian emperors and their employees and today you may see most of these rooms that were transfered into various museums. Even when you do not have enough time to enter any of these museums, you may still spend 1-2 hours to enjoy all of the interesting details of the parks and buildings of Hofburg :
Michaelator - the giant gate under the golden dome of Hofburg takes you to Amalienburg ( the large innercourt with great renaissance-facades and a giant monument in the centre.)
Schweizertor is the most beautiful side-gate and it is dating back to the 16th century.
Neue Burg is the big building with the statue of Prinz Eugen in front of it.
In Burggarten you may see the lovely Mozart-monument, the Palmenhaus and the Schmetterlingshaus with exotic butterflies humming in the former Orangerie of the emperor...
Hofjagd- & Ruestkammer is one of the museums in Neue Burg with the entrance next to the monument of Prinz Eugen. The Ruestkammer shows various iron-armours that were collected by the Habsburg-family at a time, when these armours were still used at several tournaments & parades and so you will see there mostly armours, whose former owners were kings, dukes and even cardinals, you will see armours of children and horses - all of them beautifully arranged, polished and looking almost brand-new.
The Hofjagd- & Ruestkammer is open
daily except tuesday 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
The Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg Empire for centuries and was only outshadowed by Schönbrunn Castle in the 18th entury. The castle was built in the early 13th century and continously altered and expanded. The Schweizerhof (Swiss Court) is the oldest preserved part and dates back to this time, although most buildings in this part were rebuilt in the 16th century. The southwestern part includes the Heldenplatz with the Neue Burg (New Castle). Next to it, you will find the gardens (Burggarten) together with the covered Palmenhaus.
You can walk through the inner courts for free. To see the inner rooms and the collections of furniture, silvervare and other items related to the Habsburg Empire, there are several tickets available. The system is similar to the one of Schönbrunn Castle with different combo offers. Some of them can even be combined with Schönbrunn and other sights. One of the highlights is the Treasure Chamber which houses the Imperial Regalia of the Holy Roman Empire as well as the Crown Jewels. The big halls are as pompous as Habsburg could be.
Many years ago I visited inside the Hofburg the "Kaiserappartements" and don't remember anything particular so that I presume that I felt less enthusiast than after visiting the Bruegels at the KHM.
I didn't visit the "Sisi Museum" because it only opened in 2004 and it is not my intention to visit it because I saw the films from Ernst Marischka (1955) with Romy Schneider and that was enough for me.
But I remember visiting the Imperial Treasury - Schatzkammer located in the oldest part of the palace the Schweizerhof. The Schatzkammer (not to confuse with the Hofsilber- und Tafelkammer / Silver collection) was set up in 1556 under Ferdinand I and widely extended by Empress Maria Theresa. It belongs now to the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
There are two sections. The secular part contains a collection of royal objects:
The Imperial Regalia: insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Imperial Crown, the Holy Lance and the Imperial Sword and the Austrian Crown Jewels.
What interested me most was the Burgundian Treasury and the treasury of the Order of the Golden Fleece - Ordre de la Toison d'Or established in 1430, by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy and part of the dowry of Marie de Bourgogne (born in Brussels) at her wedding with Archduke Maximilian I in 1477.
Among the gems I remember a very large emerald.
The second section is that of Ecclesiastical Treasury and contains relics, liturgical vessels and garments most from the Baroque period.
I didn't enter the palace as I couldn't enter any museum or palace in Vienna but I read about it and most of all I saw it's beautiful architecture and gardens. My friend told me that inside is even more amazing. In the coplex are situated the muesum of Empress Sissi, imperial apartments, the silver treasury. People say it is a great place to learn more about the Habsburgs.
Conveniently located on the "Ringstrasse" within the Inner City, this former palace of the Habsburg emperors contains the imperial apartments of Empress Sissi (Elizabeth) and Franz I., the imperial treasury with the "Reichskleinodien" (the imperial insignia: crown, holy lance, sword, golden apple) as well as a number of interesting museums (weapons & armory museum, silver collection, national library, ethnological collection, musical instruments).
The living quarters of Hofburg, these were once occupied by Franz Josef and Empress Sissi as their winter residence (the summer one being in Schoenbrunn). Although not all of these are open - the museum continues to also function as the seat of government, being home to a number of government ministries and the presidential chancellery. Those that are showcase an impressive collection of furniture, crystal chandeliers, tapestries, and other fittings dating to the 19th century.
A number of rooms are devoted to the numerous sets of tableware dating to the same period - the Hoftafel und Silberkammer (Court Tableware and Silver Depot).
The "Hofjagd-und Rüstkammer" - Armour and Arms collection is located in the Neue Burg at the Heldenplatz which is a monumental wing of the Hofburg planned to house the new living quarters of the emperor as evidenced by the stairway and marble hall.
Actually this museum belongs to the KHM.
This is the most beautiful collection of suits of armour in Europe.
The collection of weapons ( Hofjagd-und Rüstkammer) of the Kunsthistorisches Museum is centred on ceremonial or parade weapons and offers a very wide panorama of the evolution of what was a real art for the 15th century in Europe and in the Middle East.
The emperor Maximilien I devoted gladly to the tournaments and incited the young noble persons to devote to the joust and especially the running which was practised with sharp lances, more dangerous than the joust, but much less expensive because she could be practised in the battle armour.
Things did not stay in the field of ordinary armour because the Habsburg (notably both brothers Maximilien II and Ferdinand II) by taste for art and splendour led the technique of armours to a real art close to the goldsmith's art. The connoisseur will find in this museum numerous chiselled armours, inlaid armours, the fluted armours, the costume armours, greek-roman style armours, and darkened armours from the Baroque period.
Considerable financial means were needed to pay such works of art. Ferdinand II of Tyrol excelled at this passion of the beautiful suits of armour. Not satisfied with his own armours he collected armours and weapons of 125 famous persons of his time. We can see the suit of armour of Philippe II of Spain.
These collections are well presented in a number of rooms where the visitor is often alone! This museum still has not the chance (or misfortune for the connoisseurs) to be on the visit program of the groups.
There is also on show a collection of hunting weapons.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 18 h (Thursday 10 - 21 h).
Price (2011): 12 €, Vienna card 11 €, 27 yr & > 65 yr 9 €.
Free 19 yr.
The ticket is valid for the Neue Burg & KHM main building.
I had some odd feelings before going to this museum with my son and daughter-in-law, mainly due to my love of animals, especially live ones, but this was a one-of-a-kind experience walking through the rooms full of every kind of animal known to the world. Rooms of Elk, wolves, tigers, elephants, birds, insects, fish, minerals and gems, even a room near the end set up with microscopes to see microorganisms! A truly wonderful setup, we took around an hour and a half walking through this great museum, while it was raining buckets outside in Vienna. My favorite room was the birds with all colors and sizes represented. Also the original 25,000 year old Venus Von Willendorf statue is here on display---I am glad to have seen the original displayed to perfection here in Vienna. 10 euros.
the neue burg is located on the heldenplatz in the hofburg complex. this massive building was built between 1881 and 1913 at the end of the habsburg dynasty. today the neue burg houses the reading room of the national library and several small museums.
Avoiding the erzatz-Mozarts that lay in wait for unwary tourists, as you cross the Michaelerplatz, you cannot help but be impressed by the great sweeping curve of the Michaeletrakt, the facade of the Hofburg, and the Michaelertor, with its massive copper dome and classical sculptures flanking either side of the entrance. Behind this facade (built in the late 1800s in the dying days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) lies the vast complex of palaces and chapels, gardens and royal apartments and offices that was the seat of Hapsburg power more than 500 years. Add in the surrounding streets, once home to the aristocracy and clergy that revolved around the court, and you could spend days in this quarter of Vienna and still not see the half of it.
Passing under the gate, the Spanish Riding School is on your left, the ticket office and entrance to the State Apartments of Franz Joseph, last Emperor of Austria, and his beautiful Empress Elizabeth, and the Silberkammer - a treasure house of the plate and porcelain - is on your right. They're housed in the Amalienburg, a palace built in 1575.
This time I'm heading for the Schweizertor though, the entrance to the oldest part of the complex, the Schweitzer Hof (Swiss House), the mediaeval core of the Hofurg. Here, in the Burgkapelle (Royal Chapel), the angel voices of the Wiener Sangerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) have been heard on high days and holy days for 500 years. Plan ahead and you too may be lucky enough to get a ticket for an exquisite Mozart or Haydn mass. After that, it's the Schatzkammer (Treasury) when 21 rooms contain the fabulous treasures of 1000 years of church and state, including the 1100 year-old crown of the Holy Roman Empire - to my mind the most amazing object in the whole museum, with its barbaric chunks of precious gems, huge pearls and Byzantine enamels set in an extraordinary crown of gold.
State Apartments, Silberkammer and Burgkapelle are open daily
Schatzkammer is closed on Tuesdays.