HOFBURG IMPERIAL PALACE
The grandest of Vienna’s imperial palaces is so much more than a collection of magnificent state rooms and opulent halls (although it has plenty of these).
As page14 will tell you, the Hofburg is also a fascinating historical snapshot of the lives and loves of one of Europe’s great imperial dynasties – the Habsburgs. It is a veritable treasure trove of art, artifacts and personal objects, and an immense complex of buildings that once serviced the lavish imperial lifestyle and the business of running an empire. The Hofburg also includes the oldest and most prestigious center of classical dressage in the world – the Spanish Riding School – where spectacular displays of horsemanship continue to thrill visitors some 440 years after its inauguration.