Hofburg Palace, Vienna
Hofburg Palace, winter residence of Hapsburg rulers, was one of the most expensive museum tours we made in Vienna. There are lots to see, unfortunately not to be photographed. We toured Silver collection, Imperial Apartments and Sisi Museum.
The Sisi museum tour here covers parts of the palace, the rooms used by Empress Elizabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph. The emperor adored her but unfortunately for him his feelings weren’t reciprocated.
The Imperial Apartments displays exhibits of personal belongings of the Empress. It is said the Empress (Sisi) was famous for her 50cm waist; she was obsessed with her own beauty and followed strict diet and exercise. The black gowns she wore following the suicide of her son are on display. The jewels on display are stunning. Hers is a very sad story though she was an empress. Sisi never recovered from the tragic death of her firstborn (Sophie) at 2 years old, later the suicide of her son Rudolph in 1889 shattered her.
Photography was thankfully permitted in the Silver collection rooms. Numerous sets of tableware are on display, these stunning objects were used for running the imperial household. In 1918, after the end of the Habsburg monarchy, imperial household was dissolved and the holdings passed into the ownership of the Austrian Republic. What we got to see were the 7,000 items from the total of 150,000 in the collection’s holdings, displayed over an area of 1,300 m².