Located in the heart of Vienna, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) was the seat of power for the House of Habsburg, the ruler of Austria for six centuries. Austria is now a democratic republic, but the Imperial Palace remains the centre of government. A part of history for so long, you would expect such a building to have magnificent displays of architecture and history, and you will not be disappointed! Your visit will be a walk through many eras, including Baroque and Renaissance periods.