Wiener Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Wiener Hofburg (Josefsplatz)
The Vienna Hofburg, or Imperial Palace, was the seat of the government of the Austrian sovereigns during the 13th century, of the German kings and Roman emperors from the 15th century nearly uninterrupted until 1806, and of the Emperor of Austria until 1918. Now the seat of the democratic government, the Burghof boasts an impressive number of gorgeous courts, gardens, and indoor collections of central importance to European history.
The most significant part of the Vienna Imperial Palace, from an artistic point of view, is the court library, which was completed by J. E. Fischer von Erlach in 1735 following plans made by his father for Emperor Karl VI. The right wing houses the Redoutensäle halls; the left wing, containing the collections of the National Library, also incorporates the façade of the Augustine church. All these buildings enclose the Josefsplatz square, considered to be one of the most beautiful in all Vienna. Don’t miss out on an essential collection of historical and artistic wonders – explore the august world of the Habsburgs in this fascinating palace.
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