HOFMOBILIENDEPOT | THE IMPERIAL FURNITURE COLLECTION –
THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF FURNITURE IN THE WORLD
On show at the Hofmobiliendepot are more than 6000 valuable pieces of furniture, among them many original pieces from the Habsburg’s private holdings and others that served as representative pieces at the Habsburg court. Some of the furniture in the Hofmobiliendepot is more worth seeing than the furniture that is on view in Schonbrunn and the Hofburg . These include special pieces that do not fit into the current display concepts of either of the castles because the pieces are so unique
The Hofmobiliendepot also exhibits furniture from the other castles of the Habsburgs: Especially interesting is the so-called Laxenburg Room and the Prince Eugene Room with pieces from Obersiebenbrunn Castle.
Many of the furnishings give an informative insight into the psyche of the owners: While the last Holy Roman Emperor, Franz II4 , disapproved of any luxury in his private quarters and preferred simple, Biedermeier comfort, his third wife Maria Ludovika5 of Austria-Este could not get enough of the fanciful and playful Empire style.
Imperial Furniture Collection Museum Vienna Photo Gallery
The museum offers an overview of the history of Viennese furniture artistry and interior decoration. Purveyors to the court and famous artists of the Viennese Modern Age (1890-1910), for example Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner. Josef Hoffmann and other from the Wiener Werkstatte / Vienna Workshops are represented with their best works. It is a true “Who is who” of design and home decor from the time of the monarchy.
The neo-Rococo bedroom of Empress Elisabeth from the royal Gbdblb Castle near Budapest is just as well worth seeing as the Turkish Room of her son Crown Prince Rudolf. The Turkish Room used to be located in the Schweizerhof of the Hofburg.
The address of the Hofmobiliendepot is Andreasgasse 7, but the museum is also accessible from MariahilferstraBe. The best way to reach the museum is by taking the subway line U3 to Zieglergasse.