The Hofburg Palace is the last palace on my Prague-Vienna-Budapest trip. Castles don’t count – right? 🙂


First the Belvedere Palace, then the Schonbrunn Palace. Are we done with palaces yet? Not quite. There’s still the Hofburg Palace, the emperor’s winter palace.

Before I made my way there though, I took a stroll through Volksgarten – which stands for People’s Park and is most known for its beautiful rose gardens. November’s fall foliage was just ending as autumn leaves were sprinkled all over the garden.

It was a little late in the day to buy admission passes to Volksgarten  so I wandered around outside of the expansive palace premise. After the past two palaces in Vienna and Prague Castle, there was only so much history I could take. But if you’re up for more, the Hofburg Palace includes the Naturhistorisches (Natural History) Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Austrian National Library.

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The Hofburg Palace is home to the Sisi Museum, which showcases Empress Elisabeth’s personal belongings. There’s also the Imperial Treasury and the Burgtheater, as well as the Imperial Horse Stables and the Spanish Riding School.

The next stop and last stop in Vienna was NOT going to be another palace. I made dinner reservations at the Donauturm, also known as the Danube Tower, which is just like the spinning Space Needle in Seattle. It is the tallest structure in Vienna with an observation deck and restaurant. You can look out of their floor-to-ceiling windows for Vienna’s cityscape, which offers a much better during the day.

Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.