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Belle’s Castle (known to most as the Hofburg Imperial Palace)

inside the Hofburg

Our visit to one of the museums inside the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna was one of the highlights of our trip for Emma. She called the Hofburg “Belle’s Castle”, and I must say that the name suits it well! There were even three roses braving the freezing temperatures outside.

We could only take no-flash photos, but these give you an idea of the regality of the building. The architect of this palace must have been well-acquainted with how depressing Vienna’s long, frequently sunless winters can be – there are enough windows to light the halls nicely even on this very overcast day.

portraits of important people inside the Hofburg

Paintings, presumably of Habsburg rulers?

Domed skylight

Ornate details inside a domed skylight.

waiting carriages

Carriages waiting outside (priced way beyond our budget).

Hofburg palace

Approaching the palace.

Archduke Karl statue

This statue of the Archduke Karl in front of the Hofburg Palace is the largest equestrian statue in the world with only two support points (the two hind legs).

Happy little princess

One very happy princess =)

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

11 thoughts on “Belle’s Castle (known to most as the Hofburg Imperial Palace)”

  1. I’ve never heard it referred to as Belle’s Castle before, but it’s so appropriate! We loved our last trip to Vienna (and the hofburg) so much that we’ve written a free City Guide with our advice on what to see…

    Vienna City Guide

  2. so beautiful! Noah would love it. He calls big buildings castles and yells for belle and or shriek. lol
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..Class room Friday #5 =-.

  3. I know from experience that it can be difficult to capture the beauty of tourist locations, but you did a phenomenal job. I wanna go! :)
    .-= Elisa @ blissfulE´s last blog ..Our God – music and lyrics by Nikki =-.

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