The Hofburg is a large complex of multifarious buildings of various architectural styles that date from between the 13th and 19th centuries. It was the Viennese residence and legislative centre of the Habsburg Dynasty, the emperors of the ‘Holy Roman Empire’ of the German nation.
The Hofburg extends to the eastern side of the Ringstrasse, a magnificent Boulevard that encircles the oldest part of Vienna.
The Habsburg residence possesses many beautiful architectural elements and precious works of art. In various parts of today’s Hofburg, there are government buildings, museums and official meeting rooms. In the Silver Chamber there is a remarkable variety of exhibits that depict the magnificent regal life of past centuries.
At a height of 30 metres, a huge dome covers what is surely the most beautiful library in the world - Austria’s National Library - decorated with the frescos of Daniel Gran.
From this momentous time in history, the Hofburg and its treasures are glorious mementoes of an Imperial royal capital city enthroned in the heart of Europe.
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