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Another shot from the Wien-travelogue. It was the Long Night of Museums in Wien and there were colourful lights and flags in front of the museums advertising the event. That blue light comes from an advertising lorry that I found better to cut out. *No border or frame this time! :)

Hofburg Imperial Palace is a palace in Vienna, Austria, which has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It was also known as the winter residence, while Schönbrunn Palace was the preferred summer residence.
The Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government since 1279 for various empires and republics.
The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include:
various residences (with the Amalienburg);
chapels (Hofkapelle, Hofmusikkapelle, Burgkapelle);
museums (the Naturhistorisches Museum & Kunsthistorisches Museum);
-the Imperial Library (Hofbibliothek now the Prunksaal);
-the treasury (Schatzkammer);
-the national theatre (Burgtheater);
-the riding school (Hofreitschule);
-the horse stables (the Stallburg and Hofstallungen).
The Hofburg faces the Heldenplatz ordered under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph, as part of what was to become a Kaiserforum that was never completed.
Numerous architects have executed work at the Hofburg as it expanded, notably the Italian architect-engineer Filiberto Luchese (the Leopoldischiner Trakt), Lodovico Burnacini and Martino and Domenico Carlone, the Baroque architects Lukas von Hildebrandt and Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach (the Reichschancelry Wing and the Winter Riding School), Johann Fischer von Erlach (the library), and the architects of the grandiose Neue Burg built between 1881 and 1913.

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