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As an imperial conference and event centre, there is nothing like the Hofburg Vienna anywhere else in the world. For over 700 years, both past and modern history have been written within its walls. Halls equipped for multifunctional purposes, architecture that ranges between traditional and contemporary, state-of-the-art events technology as well as the customer-oriented, personalised service turn this congress centre into a centre of excellence.
Its location at the heart of Vienna is another unique selling proposition. Cultural institutions – like museums, the Staatsoper and theatres – as well as certain universities are all conveniently situated within a few minutes’ walking distance. Hotels, restaurants and shopping options are located in direct proximity. The Hofburg Vienna is at the heart of Vienna, and Vienna is where the heart of Europe beats
The earliest extant record of the Hofburg is dated 1279, which was during the reign of King Rudolf I of Habsburg, but construction work began during the Babenberg period in the first half of the 13th century. Under King Ottokar II of Bohemia, the castle was built. This structure was far from being a fine residence; with its towers and moat, it was part of the city’s fortifications. The transformation into a palace started in the mid-16th century when Ferdinand I moved his court to Vienna.
A number of wings were extended and new structures were added. This is a pattern that has continued down to the present, and a tour of the Hofburg is always a journey into the history of art and architecture – with buildings from many periods: Medieval Gothic, the Renaissance, and 17th and 18th century Baroque, as well as wings in Historicism style from the 19th century, right up to the modern period with the interior modifications made in the 20th and 21st centuries.