Vienna never fails to capture the romantic imagination of anyone. Frederic Chopin thought Vienna is a “handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly.” Dubbed by Niki Lauda as the “gate to Eastern Europe,” Vienna is a melting pot of civilization and culture, an unforgettable place that Sandor Marai “wanted to see it again…” Indeed, a visit to the imperial city is never complete without a stop-over in Vienna’s palaces so majestic no words could best describe its surreal grandeur. Here’s a list of Vienna’s imposing palaces that are worth your visit.
The Albertina, now a museum of over a million old master prints and drawings, was built as on one of the last remaining sections of the fortifications of Vienna, the Augustinian Bastion. It was later acquired by Duke Albert of Saxen-Teschen in the late 18th century, bringing with him his graphics collection from Brussels.
Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 53483
The Palace was originally the winter residence of Prince Joseph of Saxe-Hildburghausen until Prince Johann Adam of Auersperg, friend and confidant of Emperor Francis I and Maria Theresia, bought the palace. It remained in the possession of the family until 1945.
Auerspergstraße 1, Josefstadt, Vienna Austria
Phone: +43 1 40107
Constructed in the late 17th century the palace and gardens were expanded in the 19th century under Emperor Franz Joseph I. It survived World War II and is now the home and rehearsal space of the Vienna Boys' Choir. The palace’s 130-acre park is the oldest Baroque garden in Vienna.
Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria.
Phone:+43 1 2144757
A city-palace originally built for the Bartolotti noble family and later bought by the Partenfeld family.
Graben 11, 1010 Vienna-Innere Stadt, Austria
The palace complex has two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The palace was constructed by Prince Eugene of Savoy and was later acquired by Empress Maria Theresa. It later served as home to Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 79557134
Now an opulent hotel, it was once owned by the Kohary branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone:+43 1 518180
Designed as the residence for Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria, then the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (Deutschmeister), the building was the seat of the Viennese SS headquarters and now houses the offices of OPEC Fund for International Development.
Parking 8, Vienna, Austria
|Episcopal Palace, Vienna|
The Episcopal Palace is the seat of the archbishop of Vienna, Austria . The structure dates back to the middle ages but its current appearance originates from the baroque period.
Near St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
Built for business magnate Gustav Ritter von Epstein it was sold later to avoid bankruptcy. It served various official purposes. It was restored in the early 2000s and now houses the branch of nearby Parliament. Guided tours are available.
Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 401100
Owned by the Jewish noble Eskeles family, it is now home to the Jewish Museum Vienna.
Innere Stadt, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Palais Esterházy is one of the many properties of the noble family. Today, the palace is known for its restaurant Esterházykeller located in the former wine cellars.
Kärntner Str. 41, 1010 Vienna-Innere Stadt, Austria
Built for the noble Harrach family, the palace was extensively restored in the late 1990s and is now leased for commercial use.
Innere Stadt, 1010 Vienna, Austria
The former hunting area for the Habsburg family, Hermesvilla is a gift of Emperor Franz Joseph to his wife Empress "Sisi." He called it "castle of dreams" and was named after the white marble statue of Hermes. The Vienna Museum houses its special exhibitions on cultural history in the palace.
Lainzer Tiergarten, 1130 Vienna, Austria
Phone:+43 1 8041323
Built in the 13th century and subsequently expanded in the centuries that followed, Hofburg was the winter home of the Habsburgs and now forms the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.
Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 5337570
The former Palais Wurttemberg was built for Duke Philip and Duchess Marie Therese of Wurttemberg. However, the couple disliked it and the palace was sold. It was converted into a hotel in the 1870s. Among its most famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II, Charlie Chaplin, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Kärntner Ring 16, 1015 Vienna, Austria
Phone:+43 1 501100
Palais Kinsky was originally built for Maria Theresa's field marshal. It was later bought by the Bohemian Kinsky family. The palace is now known for auction events, shops and a restaurant it houses.
Freyung 4, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 53337630
Palais Dietrichstein-Lobkowitz was owned by the noble Lobkowitz family. It is now the home of theatre museum of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Lobkowitzpl. 2, 1010 Innere Stadt, Vienna Austria
Built and owned by the Modena branch of the House of Habsburgs, the palace is now occupied by the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
Herrengasse 7, 1010 Innere Stadt, Vienna, Austria
Palais Mollard-Clary was built in the 17th century and served as venue for Emperor Joseph II's "round tables." It is now home of the Austrian National Library, the Globe Museum, the Department of Music and the Department of Planned Languages and Esperanto Museum.
Herrengasse 9, 1010 Inner Stadt, Vienna, Austria
This large Mannerist complex was built from 1569 onwards under Emperor Maximilian II. It is believed that the site is where Sultan Suleiman set up his tent city when his forces unsuccessfully seiged Vienna in 1529. The structure is now under monumental protection and efforts were done to restore the site.
Otmar-Brix-Gasse 1, 1110 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 664 5977122
The building was successively occupied by the estates general, the state assembly and some state government ministries until 1997. After restoration, it is holds exhibitions, private functions and events.
Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 9076299
This small baroque palace houses the Vienna Clock Museum (Uhrenmuseum).
Schulhof 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone:+43 1 5332265
Built as the summer home of Prince Franz Joseph von Dietrichstein in 1835, the Institut français de Vienne now occupies the structure.
Währinger Str. 30, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 50275300
The Neoclassical palace still remains in the possession of the Pallavicini family. In 1949, it was featured as Harry Lime's apartment in The Third Man and in 2013 film it served as Virgin Oldman's apartment in The Best Offer.
No. 5, Josefsplatz Place, Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 01 512 27 18
The palace in simple Rennaisance style was once the urban residence in the western quarter of the Innere Stadt of Vienna, Austria. Since 1925, it housed the Administrative Library of the Ministry of Interior.
23 Herrengasse, Vienna, Austria
The Neoclassic Palais Rasumofsky was commissed by Russian Ambassador Prince Andrey Kyrillovich Razumovsky. A glittering ball in 1814 was held here with no other than Czar Alexander I as the guest of honor but the palace burnt immediately after the ball. From 1852 until 2005 the building hosted the Federal Geological Office.
Rasumofskygasse 23, 1030 Vienna-Landstraße, Austria
A former hunting lodge, the palace was significantly enlarged by Empress Maria Theresa and remained in the possession of the Habsburgs until after World War I. Today it houses a fashion school.
Hetzendorfer Str. 79, 1120 Vienna-Meidling, Austria
The Baroque palace with its English garden was once owned by the Schwarzenbergs before it was sold to the Archdiocese of Vienna which leases the place for different functions.
Waldegghofgasse 5, 1170 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 4859775
Archduke Leopold Salvator commissioned the building of this Second Empire palace from 1903-1908. It is now a four-star hotel, restaurant and conference facility.
Savoyenstrasse 2, 1160 Vienna, Austria
Phone:+43 1 4858503
Schönbrunn Palace was the imperial summer residence of the Habsburg until the end of the monarchy in 1918. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is not just one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country but also one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Vienna.
Schönbrunner Schlosstrasse 47, 1130 Vienna, Austria
The palace still remains in the hands of the Schwarzenberg family. Its ornate Marmorgalerie (marble gallery) is one of the largest features in the palace. Part of the palace is a five star hotel.
Landstrasse, 1030 Vienna, Austria
This is the private residence of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein in Vienna. The palace houses the 19th century section of the princely art collection.
Österreich, Bankgasse 9, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Built for the aristocratic Todesco family, it served as the headquarters of the Austrian People's Party from 1947 to 1995.
Kärntner Str. 51, 1010, Vienna, Austria
Phone:+43 1 74344227859
Formerly owned by the princes of Trautson, it is now used by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice.
Museumstraße 7, 1070 Neubau, Vienna, Austria
Winter Palace of Prince Eugene
|Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy|
Considered "one of the most magnificent Baroque edifices in Vienna," the palace was the winter residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy and was acquired through auction by Empress Maria Theresa in 1738, together with the Belvedere. The Federal Ministry of Finance now occupies the palace.
Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna, AustriaPhone: +43 1 79557134