State Apartments (Vienna)

State Apartments (Vienna)


Michaelerkuppel- Feststiege
Tel. 01- 533 7570
Open: 9am- 5pm


Description of the State Apartments or Kaiserappartements

State Apartments or Kaiserappartements in the Reichkanzleitrakt (1726- 30) and the Amalienburg (1575) contains rooms that once housed royal Habsburg family. Some of the more interesting apartments include former rooms of Empress Elisabeth who lived here between 1854 and 1898, Emperor Franz Joseph from 1857 to 1916. Additionally State Apartments served as a temporary residence of a Russian Emperor Alexander I who travelled to Vienna in 1815 to attend the Congress of Vienna that concluded Napoleonic Wars with establishment of monarchies across Europe.


The Imperial Apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth in the Hofburg Vienna are one of the most important sights in Vienna and give an insight into the private living atmosphere of Franz Joseph & Sisi. Discover the bedroom, gym and toilet room as well as many other historically and authentically furnished imperial rooms.


The Hofburg was the residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years and thus the center of the Holy Roman Empire. In addition to its function as the seat of government and administrative center, the Hofburg was also the winter residence of the imperial family - the court spent the summer in Schönbrunn Palace from the 18th century.

According to the court ceremony, each member of the family had their own apartment in one of the numerous wings. While various museums, offices, ministries and, last but not least, the presidential office are housed in most of the rooms today, the former apartments of the imperial couple Franz Joseph and Elisabeth can be visited in the Imperial Chancellery and Amalienburg.