Imperial shopping

Vienna’s souvenirs with a touch of craftsmanship

Particularly in the centre of Vienna you will find numerous shopping locations for “imperial” shopping experiences. These include many former suppliers to the imperial court, small manufactories which specialise in Viennese handicrafts, and numerous souvenir shops.

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    Imperial Shop

    In the newly opened Imperial Shop in the Hofburg, you will not only find a selection of typical Viennese souvenirs with Viennese charm, but also high-quality products from traditional factories such as Augarten Porzellan, Lobmeyr Gläser, Mühlbauer (Straw) Hats or Backhausen Home Accessories. Many of their designs are inspired by the famous Wiener Werkstätte and in keeping with the anniversary year 2018 of "Viennese Modernism"!

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    Traditional products "made in Austria"

    Very different and very modern Vienna products can be found in the newly designed Herrengasse, Vienna's newest promenade area! Special souvenirs can be found in the shops of the Viennese Soap Manufactury, as well as the Viennese sweets workshop, where you can even see how the sweet treats are made. I however prefer the Viennese soaps which are hand-made according to old Viennese recipes!
     

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    Diverse Sisi sweets

    For all Empress Sisi fans there are lots of souvenirs in Vienna's city centre! My very personal tip would be the "candied violets" from the K & K Hofzuckerbäcker Demel, from which Elisabeth liked to prepare violet sorbet at court. You can find Sisi's own tea in the famous Haas & Haas tea house just behind St. Stephan's Cathedral and the K & K Hofzuckerbäckerei Gerstner even sells its own Sisi chocolate cake!
     
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    K&K Schuhmanufaktur Scheer

    A very special shopping experience is a visit to the 200-year-old K & K Hofschuhlieferanten (imperial shoe supplier!) Rudolf Scheer & Söhne. In the in-house museum not only valuable old sketches can be found, but also the moulds for many imperial rulers. Among them are the original mouldings for Emperor Franz Joseph I. However, I find the shoe workshop on the first floor particularly impressive, where bespoke shoes are still being made today, as well as a new accessories line.
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    Sisi's Stars - Juwelier Köchert

    Do you know Empress Elisabeth's famous stars? Most often she wore them in her long hair on many a painting. Sisi allegedly owned 27 of these diamond stars, which she could wear as a necklace, tiara, pendant, brooch or hair accessories. Now Köchert, the jewellers, has reissued these stars according to the original designs. Certainly a very high-quality memento of an imperial stay in Vienna!

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