Austria

The Imperial Palace VIenna

The EHL Site

The Imperial Palace of Vienna, known as Hofburg Palace, is a monumental complex that stands as a testimony to centuries of European history, culture, and architecture. This sprawling palace has been the epicenter of Austrian imperial power for centuries, serving as the winter residence for the Habsburgs, one of the most influential royal houses in Europe. The Hofburg Palace is not just a singular structure but a collection of buildings, each adding layers of architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo, reflecting the evolution of European art and architecture.

The palace complex includes the Imperial Chapel, the National Library, and the Imperial Treasury, housing invaluable crown jewels and artifacts symbolizing the power and wealth of the Habsburg dynasty. The Hofburg Palace also played a pivotal role in European political history, serving as a venue for significant political events and decisions that shaped the continent. Today, it stands as a premier tourist destination and a cultural heritage site, embodying the legacy and grandeur of the Austrian monarchy, and offering insight into the lives of European royalty.

European dimension

The Imperial Palace Vienna has a European Significance, it stands for Linguistic and Cultural Diversity. From here a multi-ethnic state was governed. Many decisions made here still have an impact in many countries today! The Emperors had developed an evolved status of citizenship, including religious freedom & access to education. There was Ethnic and Religious Diversity. For instance:

  • The Patent of Tolerance by Joseph II (Roman-German Emperor from 1780-1790) give citizen rights to ethic groups.
  • The Congress of Vienna (1814/15) – Meeting and dancing for the reorganisation of Europe

Long existence of cultural institutions (museums) in the area, like Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (opened in 1891) and Natural History Museum Vienna (opened in 1889) demonstrate the history.

The organization

Burghauptmannschaft Österreich (BHOe) takes care about the architectural heritage of the Republic of Austria.

Burghauptmannschaft Österreich is a subordinated office of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy and is responsible for the maintenance and administration of historic objects and properties of Austria which are part of the country’s cultural and historic heritage. This comprises, besides the Imperial Palace Vienna, the government building at Stubenring in Vienna and several palaces in Vienna as well as the Imperial Palace Innsbruck and Ambras Castle, not to mention the former concentration camp at Mauthausen.

Burghauptmannschaft Österreich ensures that Austria’s cultural heritage is conserved in a sustainable way. Its fields of activities, thus, include “Sustainable Conservation of the Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Austria”, “Sustainable Management and Use of the Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Austria” and “Sustainable Culture and Tourism Operations for the Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Austria”.