For a sense of the grandiosity of the Habsburg era, this palace is a must.
The most imperial of imperial palaces.
None of Vienna's palaces give the city more imperial flavour than this, its oldest and most spectacular. From far more modest beginnings in the 13th century, the Hofburg has been expanded with a series of residences, libraries, and other facilities as the seat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 600 years. Now the official residence of Austria's president, it is also open for public tours of various art and furniture collections as well as areas including the Imperial Apartments, the silver collection, and the interesting Sisi Museum, focusing on the charismatic Elisabeth, empress during the latter half of the 19th century.