In Vienna numerous noble families from all over the empire settled in the capital to be near the Hofburg. After World War II many of the palaces were sold by their original owners. Today they house government ministries, embassies, museums and shops.
Hofburg Imperial Palace- Of the Habsburg dynasty, now home to Austria's president as well as the Naturhistorisches Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Belvedere- A baroque palace with extensive gardens and the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum.
Schönbrunn Palace- The former summer residence of the Habsburgs, with a zoo and gardens.
The Ferstel Palace is on the Freyung square. The palace’s arcade houses shops selling antique and jewelry, interior design studios, and one of Vienna’s premiere chocolatiers, Xocolat.
The Harrach Palace features housewares retailers and art galleries.