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.

At a Window Display, Vienna
Pestsäule, Der Graben Street, Vienna

27 Responses to “Hofburg Palace, Vienna

  • Gorgeous captures, Indrani, and what a sad story — fascinating, but tragic! Does reinforce the fact that wealth and position doesn't protect one from the heartbreak we all frequently feel in our own lives. Wonderful post for the day! Enjoy your week!


  • tragic.. dont we see something tragic always has such beauty associated with it ..

    beautiful picutres i must say ..


  • Surrounded by wealth, great pictures.

  • There ia also a movie from "Sissy"
    I looked it always with my mother,
    when i was a teen
    (and we must always cry 🙁
    So sad story …..

    Very unique shots.
    Its history !!

  • nice collection of crockery…

    very interesting post…


  • Unique photos ~thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with OWT ~ ^_^

  • Great shots from the palace.

  • That plate is lovely! But all the jewels in the world can't make up for the loss of one's children. Such a sad story!

  • Thanks for sharing this museum and the story of the empress with us.

  • how exquisite those pieces are.

  • These are exquisite porcelain pieces. Love the silver ware too!

  • Wow, a luxury tableware. How beautiful, would shame dirty. Beautiful photos.

  • How beautiful ! I have some medals from Sissi and Franz Joseph, which I inherited from my MIL.

  • What a sad and tragic story. Thanks for sharing this tour and the lovely photos. Have a great day!

  • A fascinating and rather sad story. Riches, position and beauty do not always lead to happiness.

  • Thanks for the great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  • What gorgeous artifacts made with craftsmanship that likely cannot be surpassed. And how tragic the life of this royal that apparently did not love her husband lost one child early and then another to suicide. Having lots of “things” definitely cannot buy happiness or sway destiny to a more positive fate.

  • Sisi's story is a tragic one that started with the death of Ludwig !! of Bavaria and became more and more unhappy as the years went on.
    A beautiful post but so sad.

  • Gorgeous shots, I am always grateful when a museum lets you take photographs. Love your tulip shots also.

  • Those silverware are fabulous.

  • Fantastic items, great images.

  • What a beautiful collection, and good that you were allowed to take photo's of them, it is such a pity when photography is excluded in some areas, although I understand the basic reasons given.

    A tragic tale of unrequited love for the Emperor, and loss for the Empress. Wealth and position are no guarantee of happiness.

  • Thank you for sharing this beautiful collection and for the piece of history about Sisi. The movies about her life are far too exaggerated and not true at all. Her life was not romantic at all. Romy Schneider made a beautiful non existent Sisi.

  • Wonderful pictures, very rich shots!!!

  • Goodness! How beautiful. Thanks, friend.

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