ESCToday in collaboration with Vienna Tourist Board (Wien.info) will be bringing you a series of articles leading up to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in order to showcase and introduce the 2015 Eurovision host city Vienna to our readers. Today we will have a look at the Imperial Treasury at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace.
You will be surely mesmerised and enchated by the crown jewels of the Habsburgs and of the Austrian- Hungarian royal family. The Treasusy is just a stone throw’s away from the other attractions in the Hofburg Palace complex such as the Spanish Riding School, The Sisi Museum, The State Apartments, The Silver Collection and the State Hall at the National Library.
Fascinating treasures from the possessions of the Habsburgs, among them a “unicorn” almost two and a half meters long, are exhibited here together with the crown of Emperor Rudolf II (1552-1612). The orb and scepter, the insignia of the imperial house of Austria, were symbols of might and dignity for centuries. These pieces are set with valuable jewels; they and the intricately worked jewelry are not only witnesses of history, they are also worth a fortune.
The entrance to the Treasuries can be found in the Schweizerhof, whose name is reminiscent of the Swiss Guard that was once posted here.
The Imperial Treasury is located in the Hofburg Palace complex and you can access it via U-Bahn: U1 and U3 and get down at Stephansplatz/ U1 and get down at Herrengasse.
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