The Hofburg Wien is a building complex which used to serve as the imperial residence of the Habsburgs. Today, it is used as the official seat of the Austrian Federal President. There has been hardly any other place where political, economic and military history of European significance has been forged to the extent this has been the case for the Hofburg Wien throughout its 700 years of existence.
Numerous changes in the political, economic and religious understanding of the different rulers have left their marks on the building history as well as European architectural trends. Not only the Habsburgs but also the Republic of Austria have attached considerable importance to this building complex comprising more than 24 ha, inclusive of 18 wings, 19 courtyards and 2600 rooms and halls; a fact which is underlined by the good condition of the building substance. The area of the Hofburg when defined as the area administered by the Vienna Court Building Department is bound by the Albertina Museum situated in Augustinerstraße Street, the Stallburg (imperial stables) situated in Stallburggasse Street, the Federal Chancellery situated at Ballhausplatz Square, the national theatre Burgtheater in Universitätsring Street, the court stables (today’s Museum Quarter) and the State Opera in Opernring Street.
The Hofburg complex houses 5 museum organisations (Albertina Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History), Austrian National Library and Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H) accommodating 61 collections and 9 museum institutions which keep outstandingly valuable pieces. Furthermore, the Hofburg complex comprises the Spanish Riding School, the collections of the National Library of Austria, the ceremonial rooms in the Presidential Chancellery Wing and other administrative areas of the Austrian Federal Administration (such as the Federal Chancellery, Federal Monument’s Office and the Burghauptmannschaft Österreich).
The site has been used as business premises, offices and apartments by numerous tenants so that the Hofburg complex counts, in fact, more than 2200 users. The building complex is owned by the Republic of Austria represented by the Burghauptmannschaft Österreich. Being a subordinate department to the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy the latter carries out the tasks incumbent upon the owner on its behalf (incl. of maintenance, rent and lease and invoicing).