KAISERHOF culture and lifestyle

Local Attractions

There is much to see in Vienna - Vienna is old, Vienna is new – and so varied: From Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Imperial Palace to the Art Nouveau splendor of the Secession, from the magnificent baroque palace Schönbrunn to the Museum of Fine Arts to modern architecture at the MuseumsQuartier.
Vienna is record-breaking: more than 27 castles and more than 150 palaces and more than 100 museums beckon...

Experience the pulsating metropolis at the Danube. Come on a discovery trip and be inspired by the worlds capital of music - enjoy your stay at the charming KAISERHOF Vienna. A variety of Viennese sights, such as the State Opera, the Hofburg Palace, the magnificent Ringstrasse, the Konzerthaus etc., are only a few minutes' walk from the KAISERHOF Vienna.

The central location of the Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien allows you to visit the Naschmarkt, Kärntnerstrasse and Ringstraße galleries as well as the luxury shopping areas "Graben", "Kohlmarkt" and "Tuchlauben". A lot of bars and gourmet restaurants are close by. 

KAISERHOF Wien - your perfect place to stay in Vienna!

The Graben

The Graben Vienna is an exclusive and pulsating shopping street in the heart of the inner city with the famous plague column. The origin of this street dates back to the old Romans and it is surrounded by popular alleys, streets and places which stand for the typical flair, elegant tradition and gourmet pleasures: Stephansplatz, Kohlmarkt, Naglergasse, Tuchlauben and Petersplatz.

Most of the buildings in this pedestrian area origin from the 17th and 18th century and you can find here finest traditional shops. Some of these shops have a long tradition and were already popular in the times when Austria was ruled by emperors. These are for example the porcelain factory Augarten, the court jeweler Heldwein and also the court perfumery Nägele & Strubell. In the rooms of the former court menswear store Braun you can find today a shop of H&M. The historical noble interior remained in the shop. If you are a gourmet you should visit the shop of Julius Meinlat the end of the Graben. There are also plenty of coffee houses and restaurants between all those shops. 

Kärntner Strasse

The 19th century was characterizing for the present shopping street. Only a few of the noble buildings, from that time, were not destroyed during the Second World War. In the year of 1974 the Kärntner Strasse was redesigned to a pedestrian zone and became soon one of the most important shopping streets in Vienna. The Kärntner Strasse leads straight from St. Stephens to the Opera House and offers a diversified mix of historical buildings, traditional shops and stylish flagship stores of international companies.

The department store Steffl with the panoramic elevator offers a wide range of designer goods and branded cosmetic products and a fantastic view onto the pulsing life of the street. Shops as Swarovski, Benetton, Boss, the jewelers Haban, Wagner and Wempe, the “World Capital House” of Peek & Cloppenburg, and much more you`ll find at the pedestrian area. If you want to help fortune along or let luck in if it knocks, the Palais Esterhazy is the place to go, with a Casino runs by Casinos Austria.

Vienna Biennale

Robots. Work. Our Future

The Vienna Biennale combines art, design and architecture. Under the motto Robots. Work. Our Future, creative spaces will open up for contemplating meaningful living and working and the sustainable use of robotics and artificial intelligence in the digital age.


Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
AzW – Architekturzentrum Wien
University of Applied Arts Vienna – Innovation Laboratory

bis 1. Oktober 2017


Summer at the MQ

Summer at the MuseumsQuartier

Until the end of September, the inner courtyards of the MuseumsQuartier draw visitors with concerts, film and literature festivals, cozy guest gardens and cool weekend sounds by DJs. The stylish MQ furniture invites people to relax on. New this year is the playable culture park “MQ Amore” in front of the MQ. There artists have created twelve sculptures in the form of mini-golf courses, which visitors are actually allowed to play on.

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien


until September 30, 2017

foto: Hertha Hurnaus

Albertina - Raffael

Raphael stands alongside Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo as one of art history’s most important masters. As a painter and architect, working in Florence and Rome and for popes and princes, Raphael was a true universal genius of the High Renaissance who constantly sought to strike a balance between naturalist imitation and idealisation.

The Albertina is mounting the first exhibition to present works solely by Raphael in Austria. Around 130 drawing and 17 paintings serve to represent all of the artist’s important projects: from his early Umbrian period (up to 1504) to his years in Florence (1504/1505–1508) and on to his Roman period (1508/1509–1520), impressive works from all of his creative periods are included.

Daily 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 09:00 pm


The Kohlmarkt has always been the location of many exclusive shops and former Court suppliers such as the Demel and Manz'sche Verlags und Universitätsbuchhandlung. Today, you will find the high-carat luxury of Tiffany, Schullin, Breitling and Gadner, as well as international luxury brands such as Burberry, Christian Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, Armani, Ferragamo, Massimo Dutti and Gucci. Together with the Graben and Kärntnerstraße, the Kohlmarkt, near the Hofburg, the former center of the Habsburg Empire, forms the so-called "Golden U" of the traditional, inner-city shopping streets.

Goldenes Quartier

One of the most exclusive shopping districts in the city has been created in the heart of the 1st district, on the extension of the elegant Kohlmarkt. The “Goldenes Quartier” promises a luxurious shopping experience in a historic ambience. The new luxury shopping area lies between Tuchlauben, Bognergasse and Am Hof. High-end flagship stores of international designer labels can be found here: Prada, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Mulberry, Etro, Pomellato, Brunello Cucinelli, Church's, 7 for all mankind, Akris, Jimmy Choo, and Chanel. Home accessories and beautiful gifts can be found at Leiderleitner Home.

A Vivienne Westwood outlet opened on the edge of this exclusive area. In addition to the eccentric designer's wide range of fashion lines, the shop also offers the custom-tailored couture normally only seen at the main shop in London.

Goldenes Quartier
Tuchlauben 3-7A/Bognergasse/Seitzergasse/Am Hof, 1010 Wien

Imperial Treasury Vienna

The Secular Treasury offers a unique panorama covering over a millennium of European history. This is the home of the most important collection of medieval royal objects: the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance. Further highlights include the Crown of Emperor Rudolf II. (Crown of the Austrian Empire), as well as the vestments and other precious items of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Exceedingly valuable gems, including one of the world's largest emeralds. The Ecclesiastical Treasury offers a fascinating journey through the history of art, piety and religion. The items here tell of the medieval cult of relics and from the Catholicism of the Habsburgs to the era of the Counterreformation.

Imperial Treasury Vienna
Schweizerhof, 1010 Wien

Opening hours
Daily, except Tue,
9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.


Capuchin Crypt

The Capuchin Crypt, also well known as "Imperial Crypt" or "Imperial Burial Vault", is the burial place of the emperors and empresses of the house of Habsburg and their families, with artworks that reflect more than four centuries of Austrian and European history.

In the course of time the crypt was enlarged several times by the most famous artists of their days to house the splendid shaped sarcophagi. Power and grief, evanescence and vanity, death and resurrection are the dominating issues.

Opening hours:
Daily 10am–6pm, on Thursdays from 9am to 6pm

Guided tours (duration about one hour):
Wednesday to Saturday
2pm - German, 3.30pm - English (bilingual if required)

Ticket prices:
Entrance for adults: 5,50 €
Reduced entrance fee: 4,50 €

Tegetthoffstraße 2/Neuer Markt
1010 Wien

300 Years Maria Theresia

300 Years Maria Theresa - Jubilee Exhibition 2017 - Strategist – Mother – Reformer

Born in 1717, Maria Theresa’s reign lasted for forty years, from 1740 to 1780. After a turbulent period at the beginning of her rule, the Habsburg monarchy entered a golden age. In the fields of state administration and foreign policy, Maria Theresa, the daughter of Charles VI, enacted measures that were to have a decisive influence on the further development of the monarchy. Although the monarch had a sceptical attitude towards the ideals of the Enlightenment, this epoch is still seen as a period of reform in which the Habsburg lands underwent a distinct process of modernization. 

The idealization of Maria Theresa as the great ‘mother of the nation’ was a phenomenon that started well before her death. Thanks to her sixteen children she became a symbolic figurehead during her own lifetime. The exhibition examines the image of Maria Theresa as a family person and explores the often very complicated relationships between the individual members of the family.

The exhibition takes place in 5 different locations.

Schloß Schönbrunn Palace - "Art and the courty live"

Imperial Carriage Museum, Schönbrunn - „Women power and joie de vivre"

Vienna Imperial Furniture Collection - "Family and legacy"

Schloss Hof - "Alliances and enmities"

Schloss Niederweiden - "Modernization and reforms"

Opening hours: 15th March - 29th November 2017, daily

Sisi Museum - Hofburg Palace

Since 2004 the Sisi Museum has been housed in the Stephan apartments, so named after Archduke Stephan Viktor. Herenumerous personal items that once belonged to Elisabethare used to help illustrate the true personality of the frequently misunderstood Empress. The sensitively designed exhibits, created by renowned set designer Prof. Rolf Langenfass, are inspired by the monarch's poetry and illustrate how the once light-hearted young girl, Sisi, became a restless, unapproachable and melancholic woman.

The more than 300 items on display in the museum include parasols, boxes and gloves which once belonged to the anthrophobic Elisabeth, along with her beauty recipes, her death mask. Further items include a reconstruction of the evening dress worn by 16 year old Sisi in 1854 before she left her home in Munich, and a replica of a section of her imperial railway carriage.

The display was extended to include some spectacular exhibits, including the reconstructed Hungarian coronation dress, the black coat used to cover Elisabeth after the assassination, mourning jewellery and the young Sisi on her swing.

Opening Hours
September to June: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
July and August: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Schönbrunn Palace

At the end of the seventeenth century Emperor Leopold I commissioned the Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, who had received his training in Rome, to design an imperial hunting lodge for his son, Crown Prince Joseph, later to become Emperor Joseph I. Replacing the château de plaisance built on this site for the dowager empress Eleonora of Gonzaga in 1642, it was to grow into a palatial imperial residence over the course of the eighteenth century.

Imperial summer residence 
During the reign of Maria Theresa, as an imperial summer residence, Schönbrunn Palace became the glittering focus of court life. From this time on, it played host to the leading statesmen of Europe.

UNESCO World Heritage Site 
Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s most important cultural assets, and since the 1960s has been one of Vienna’s major tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors each year.

Opening Hours
1st April to 30th June 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
1st July to 31st August 8.30 am - 6.30 pm
1st September to 31st October 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
1st November to 31st March 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

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Exterior view of Kizerhof Wien