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Our most recommended Hofburg Palace Theme Tours

  • Vienna: City Bike Tour - Cancellation up to 2 Days Prior

    1. Vienna: City Bike Tour - Cancellation up to 2 Days Prior

    Experience Vienna's lively streets and the riverbank of Danube by bike. See the major sights up close and hit the cycle path with your knowledgeable guide. Cycle down Ringstrasse to get a sense of the city's imperial history. Learn about the former center of the powerful Habsburg Empire through the impressive architecture of Vienna’s boulevards. Stop outside several historical sites to hear the stories behind them. Take unobstructed photos of the Opera House, City Hall, the House of Parliament, Hofburg Palace, and the colorful Hundertwasserhaus.

  • Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    2. Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    This tour takes you to Vienna's most beautiful sights, from the city center to the Danube Canal. Stay on bike paths and less congested roads for the ideal experience of Austria's beautiful capital with plenty of chances to stop for photos along the way! Ride along the Ringstraße, passing the famous sights including the Staatsoper (State Opera), the Austrian Parliament Building, the Burgtheater, and the Rathaus (town hall), then continue into the first district, where St. Stephen's Cathedral rises impressively above Stephansplatz. Follows the Donau Canal past Urania and through the Stadtpark, over Karlsplatz with the magnificent Karlskirche, then return to the starting point.

    Enjoyed a lot. It was cycling with short stops and also there was a just cycling time

  • Walking Tour: Vienna at First Glance

    3. Walking Tour: Vienna at First Glance

    Discover Vienna's Old Town on this guided walking tour. Start near the Sacher Hotel and learn everything about the capital of Austria. Enjoy a 1.5 to 2-hour tour and admire the exterior of the Hofburg complex. Take a look at the magnificent buildings and the horses of the Spanish Riding School. Then, continue to Vienna's most famous coffee houses. Venture off the beaten path to the Blutgasse district and finish with a view of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

    Eleanor provided a nice overview of some historical sights as well as insight into Viennese culture. The tour helped orient us to the historical center.

  • Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

    4. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

    Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg. The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions. Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.

    I would recommend this to anyone really. The history is very interesting and the building is impressive. Our guide explained many different things about all aspects of the Spanish Riding School.

  • Vienna: City Bike Tour

    5. Vienna: City Bike Tour

    Experience Vienna's lively streets and the riverbank of Danube by bike. See the major sights up close and hit the cycle path with your knowledgeable guide. Cycle down Ringstrasse to get a sense of the city's imperial history. Learn about the former center of the powerful Habsburg Empire through the impressive architecture of Vienna’s boulevards. Stop outside several historical sites to hear the stories behind them. Take unobstructed photos of the Opera House, City Hall, the House of Parliament, Hofburg Palace, and the colorful Hundertwasserhaus.

  • Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

    6. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

    Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna! By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

    We thought the driving portion of the tour was a bit rushed and the German and English commentary often left the English comments until the landmark had passed.

  • Vienna: City Highlights Walking Tour

    7. Vienna: City Highlights Walking Tour

    Learn all about the Austrian capital and discover the stories hidden in its streets. Wander down major thoroughfares and narrow alleys with your guide on an informative walk through the city's past. Hear about the lives of famous figures who shaped the course of Vienna's history. See the influence of the Habsburgs in the form of grand buildings and residences. Admire the intricate architecture of Vienna's churches and note the details of their unique architecture. Pass by some of the oldest structures in the city.

  • Vienna City Segway Tour

    8. Vienna City Segway Tour

    Explore the historic city of Vienna on a thoroughly futuristic mode of transport. This 3-hour Segway tour will introduce you to the imperial city on a modern Segway. Following a 20- to 30-minute training period, ride off along the Opernring to the imperial Hofburg Palace, home to the Hapsburg Dynasty of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Glide past the Parliament buildings and continue through the city center, passing highlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Vienna City Hall. Get up close and personal with Vienna as you glide along imperial streets and hidden alleys. Turn heads as you breeze by Vienna’s ornate architecture and lively streets. With plenty of photo stops along the way, this is surely the best way to explore the majestic city of Vienna.

    Was really fun. Very nice tour guide. The only issue was that there were times when we couldn’t hear the guide as there was too much noise from traffic. All in all was great! Thanks

  • Vienna: City Segway Tour - Cancellation up to 2 Days Prior

    9. Vienna: City Segway Tour - Cancellation up to 2 Days Prior

    Get up close and personal with Vienna as you glide down its grand streets and hidden alleys. Learn how to drive your Segway in a concise safety briefing and set off on your journey back in time. Ride down the Ringstrasse and take in the beauty of the Opera House. Hear stories about the Habsburgs outside their former home, the Hofburg Palace. Delve further into Austrian history at the City Hall and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy having time to admire Vienna's architectural gems. Take plenty of photos at each stop to capture the city's cosmopolitan beauty.

  • Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

    10. Vienna: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

    Join a highly personal and educational tour of Vienna Old Town. See the most important landmarks and monuments and immerse yourself in the history of the Austrian capital. Discover the cultural heritage of the Hofburg Empire and fall in love with the spectacular sights! During this 3-hour tour, you will see the best-selected highlights and hidden gems of Vienna's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the monumental Hofburg Palace complex with gardens and numerous monuments. Next, head to the city hall Rathaus, a monolithic Neo-Gothic municipal building built using some 30 million bricks. You will also see the Burgtheater with its characteristic statues and staircases painted by Gustav Klimt. Tucked away among the elegant townhouses and luxurious shops of the spectacular Old Town, you will find the gorgeous 18th century St Peter’s Catholic Church (Peterskirche). Then at Ste...

    6 stars? Ute was the perfect guide. Our primary interest was the history of both Vienna and Austria, and she tailored the walking tour accordingly. She was careful with our schedule, fitting in what we needed to see and hear, and included time for tapas at Die Feinkosterei. She was a great teacher and lots of fun!

Planning Your Visit

  • Imperial concerts

    The Vienna Hofburg Orchestra regularly performs in the Hofburg Palace's sumptuous halls. Classical music lovers shouldn't miss out on this singular experience. Note that tickets for the concerts must be booked in advance.

  • Plan your visit

    It's simply impossible to see every part of the Hofsburg Palace's vast complex in a single day. Plan your visit in advance to make sure you see your top priorities. Alternatively, spread your visit over several days.

  • Schönbrunn Palace

    If you loved the Hofsburg Palace, don't miss out on the equally spectacular Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburg's summer residence, also located in Vienna.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open September to June, 9:00AM to 5:30PM, July and August, 9:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at € 12,50 and continue onwards depending on tours and packages selected.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A tour is a great way to learn more about the history.
  • How to get there
    Take the U3 to Herrengasse or trams 1, 2, D or J to Burgring.
  • Additional information

    • Wheelchairs can be rented free of charge with the deposit of an ID at the entrance.

    • Filming and photographing are not allowed unless you have an official permit.

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What people are saying about Hofburg Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9,435 reviews

I would recommend this to anyone really. The history is very interesting and the building is impressive. Our guide explained many different things about all aspects of the Spanish Riding School.

Perfect,very interesting..the guide show us things we wouldn't see otherwise.great guide very pleasant an friendly.. definitely worth the money.

Unfortunately not available for a week. Very handy for public transport and discount museums.

Very interesting, great for a first approach to the city. The guide, very kind

Good tour wish I had known about the morning training tour.