The Walls, We Are Dancing In

Over the course of seven centuries, the Viennese Hofburg has been growing section by section to its current extent. Initially, constructed as a part of the Viennese city fortification, reconstruction work turned the castle into an imperial residence, when the Habsburg family came to power at the end of the 13th century. Until the 19th century, extension works followed and led to the Imperial Palace’s extent of 18 sections, 19 courtyards and 2.600 rooms, in which approx. 5.000 people are still working, even today.

Nowadays, the Viennese Hofburg is used under the flag of democracy, whereby its palatially rooms not only serve the Austrian Federal President as official residence, also they act as an appropriate setting for cultural services like, museums, congresses, fairs and exhibitions, banquets, ball nights and concerts.

According to the Viennese ball tradition, each year, this very particular charm of the Imperial Palace is used by the student union at BOKU (ÖH BOKU) to invite in association with BOKU’s rectorate to a splendid ball night, the so called BOKU Ball. Therefore, all the night through the Hofburg belongs to friends of the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, who then reanimate the Imperial Palace’s walls once more.

All roads lead … to Hofburg.

Subway: Line U3, station Herrengasse

Tram: Line 1, 2 and D, station Burgring

Bus: Line 1A und 2A, station Michaelerplatz

You can find the Viennese public transport timetable here.

If you arrive by car, you can use the parking area at Heldenplatz, in front of the Hofburg, but consider that there is a limited amount of free spots. Otherwise there is another parking possibility at the Opera Garage, which is close-by.

Additional information can be found on

Where to smoke?

For smoking enthusiasts, there will be a smoking lounge established, in the “Gardehof”, to where you will be directed by signposts.

In all other rooms, please consider the general smoking ban at public spaces imposed by §13 of the tobacco law, which includes not only cigarettes and suchlike, but also E-cigarettes. Hereby, every visitor of the Hofburg is actively contributing to its preservation.