18 May - 1 Nov 2009. Vienna's Schatzkammer, or Treasury, is located in the grounds of the Hofburg palace and is home to a collection of one thousand years of treasures, the highlights of which are the crowns and relics of the Holy Roman Empire which date from the tenth century.
The treasures, which were completely restored in the 1980s, include artifacts from the Austrian succession such as the Housecrown of the Hapsburgs (1602) originally made for Emperor Rudolf II, and the golden sceptre (1617). Other gems include the Holy Lance (legend has it that it pierced Jesus' side) and the Order of the Golden Fleece, founded in 1430. Open daily from 10.00-18.00.
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Schatzkammer, Schweizerhof, A-1010 Hofburg, Vienna. Tel. +43 1 52524-0