Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. That line was made infamous by the incredible Marilyn Monroe. But is it true? Well, I don’t know about you, but I am most definitely attracted to sparkly things (much like a magpie).
“Ooh, tin foil – it’s shiny!”
But in all of the places I’ve been to, none of them have sparkled quite as much as the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. From intricate golden table centrepieces, to great big fat jewels – heck, even the baby’s crib was gold! Hofburg Palace really is a sparkle lover’s paradise.
And here’s why…
The Golden Kaiserappartements
The Kaiserappartements are the Imperial Apartments, once occupied by the Hapsburg family as their Winter accommodation.
There are plenty of rooms to explore – from incredible bedrooms, to sitting room upon sitting room, and you will likely be in total awe of the evident lifestyle this Royal family had.
The architecture itself has gold accents in every corner, and the style of furnishings sparkle just as much as the rest of the decor!
The Sparkling Sisi Museum
Named after Empress Elisabeth (Sisi for short), this museum is perfect for fashionistas and those who love sparkly things just as much as I do.
This museum will bestow lavish clothing and jewellery upon you at every pass. They say the Empress was a fabulous trendsetter in her day, and this museum certainly helps to drive that home to visiting tourists.
Did you know? Sisi was not actually meant to be Empress! She travelled to the Imperial court with her elder sister Helene when she was 15. It was actually Helene who was intended as Emperor Franz Joseph’s betrothed! But he couldn’t help but be captivated by Sisi’s free-spirited beauty.
The Shining Silberkammmer
The Silberkammer (Silver Depot) is dedicated to the lavish silverware that the Hapsburg family owned – enough to seat up to 140 dinner guests at a time!
Although placed within display cases, the silverware continues to shine tremendously in the lights.
Once again, you will find yourself captivated.
The Pièce de Résistance: Kaiserliche Schatzkammer
This is the holy grail for any sparkle or jewel lover. The Kaiserliche Schatzkammer is the Imperial Treasury – home to the magnificent Crown Jewels, among other impressive and eye-catching gems.
Within these rooms, you will find yourself admiring crystal furnishings, diamond-studded Turkish swords and perhaps the most impressive of all? A 2,680 carat Colombian Emerald. And really, this is just a few of the pieces!
There are perhaps hundreds of jewels, diamonds and gems just waiting to catch your eye.
This was the place that really had me in awe…and quite simply, wanting to run away with everything in there!
If you’re after a bit of sparkle in your life, then there are several pricing options available to you.
For the simplest ticket (and access to the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection), your best bet is the standard ticket costing €13,90 per adult (with self-guided audio tour).
It’s an extra €3 per adult if you want to embark on a full tour of these rooms as part of a group guided tour.
Alternatively, you can purchase the ‘Sisi Ticket’, which gives you access to an audio guide of the above rooms, plus access to Schönbrunn Palace and the Imperial Furniture Collection. This ticket lasts for a year from purchase, so you don’t have to see everything in one day. In total, this would set you back €29,90 per adult.
If you’re aged between 19-25 and a student, you can get discount prices when showing a valid student ID.
And it may also be worth investigating the Vienna City Card (Wien Carte), which offers free travel on the subway, buses and trams as well as exclusive discounts to top sights in Vienna (including the Hofburg Palace complex).
Costing €13,90 for 24 hours, €21,90 for 48 hours or €24,90 for 72 hours, it would be worth doing your sums.
If you plan on seeing most of the Vienna sights and using public transport to do so, then this card more than pays for itself! Find out more here.
Well, that’s it from me! Do you think the Hofburg Palace would catch your eye in Vienna? Let me know in the comments…
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