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Palatial Vienna: A Guide To Vienna’s Palaces And Museums
Palatial Vienna: A Guide To Vienna’s Palaces And Museums

Home to some of the artistic and intellectual greats, Vienna is known for its rich history. On your visit to Austria’s capital, the ‘City of Music’, you can walk where Mozart, Beethoven and Freud once walked, cruise down the ‘beautiful blue’ River Danube that inspired Strauss and visit the majestic Imperial palaces and museums.

As the cultural, economic and political centre of Austria and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, a trip to Vienna is full of things to do and sights to see. Stay at the luxury five-star superior Palais Hansen Kempinski which is located at Schöttenring, adjacent to the famous Ring Boulevard for a true experience of Vienna. Originally built for the World Exhibition in 1873, the name ‘Palais’ is a fitting title.

Vienna’s Museum Quartier (MQ) is one of the biggest worldwide. Here you will find all kinds of art set out across 195,000 square meters. Here we suggest some of the must-see museums and palace attractions of Vienna, to make sure you make the most of your stay whatever the duration.

Imperial Home, Sweet Home

Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most important pieces of history in the country, and is unsurprisingly Vienna’s number one attraction. Home to the Habsburg emperors from the 18th Century until 1918, Schönbrunn Palace is full of decorative arts, gardens and was the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752!

Choose from a variety of tours and ticket bundles depending on the weather and the number of visitors, and experience the grand splendour of this Imperial home.

Be Impressed by the Empress

Once the principal imperial palace of Vienna, Hofburg, the 13th century palace was at the centre of the Habsburg dynasty for hundreds of years. It was once the official imperial winter residence, but today, it operates as both the home and office of the President of Austria.

Thanks to its development over the years, you can now find much more in the palace to explore. There are sights such as the imperial library (Hofbibliothek) and the Spanish Riding School (Hofreitschule) here. The Hofburg Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer) is also home to what is rumoured to be the Holy Grail. This is arguably one of the most important treasuries in the world.

Inside the Hofburg Palace is the Sisi Museum – a museum dedicated to the life, personality and assassination of the often-misunderstood Empress Elisabeth. Inspired by her poetry, here visitors can view the personal effects of this fascinating woman and gain an insight into her private life.

Today, visitors can explore different areas of the imperial palace with various visitor passes.

From Dinosaurs to Galaxies

The Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien) is home to some of the greatest natural wonders and unique objects in the world. Highlights include the 29,500-year-old Venus of Willendorf, enormous dinosaur skeletons, and the largest and oldest public collection of meteorites with the ‘Tissint’ meteorite from Mars deserving special mention.

On the museum’s 125th anniversary, a new Digital Planetarium was opened which means you can marvel at the Milky Way galaxy or Saturn’s rings during one of the planetarium shows.

The museum isn’t just home to exhibits however; around 60 scientists carry out their research work here, investigating topics such as the earth, life and human sciences.

Visitors can buy passes to either just the museum, or ticket bundles to experience the museum and the digital planetarium.

If you are thinking of a trip to Vienna, we’d love to help you with the planning. Contact Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna today.

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