Imperial Treasury Vienna


in short

The Secular Treasury and the Ecclesiastical Treasury cover over a millenium of European history and offer a fascinating journey through the history of art, piety and religion.
Hofburg, Schweizerhof, Wien.
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Imperial Treasury Vienna

in detail

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. (which later on became 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, bear witness to the Habsburgs’ former degree of power. In earlier centuries, two items were considered to be so unique that they were declared "inalienable heirlooms of the House of Austria": a giant narwhal tooth which was thought to be the horn of a unicorn and an agate bowl from Late Antiquity which was thought to be the legendary Holy Grail. 

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, from the Catholicism of the Habsburgs to the era of the Counterreformation, of rulers’ post-baroque piety and Austrian folk religiosity.
Hofburg, Schweizerhof
Im Schweizerhof der Hofburg ist die Schatzkammer untergebracht, eine der bedeutendstender Welt. Ein Muss für jeden Wien-Besucher, denn nur hier ist der Kronschatz des Heiligen Römischen Reiches neben unzähligen wichtigen Insignien und Kleinodien aus der österreichischen und europäischen Geschichte zu sehen.
Standard 12,00 EUR / Reduced: 9,00 EUR
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Visitor entrance

Hofburg , Treasury
1010 Vienna
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Opening Times

09:00 - 17:30
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