The Hofburg is a faction unique building in Empire: Total War. It can only be constructed by Austria. It may only be constructed in their capital region.



This magnificent palace is a suitably grand and imposing surroundings for the business of running an Empire.

The Hofburg was the imperial residence of the Hapsburgs in Vienna, with sections dating back to the Middle Ages. The idea of this being a single palace is something of a mistake, as it is a complex of buildings that has grown up over the centuries as the needs (not to mention rivalries and dislikes) of the Hapsburg rulers have changed. It housed chapels, a music school, and numerous small residents for the cadet branches of the family. Indeed, there is a complete second palace in the Imperial Stables, a result of a falling out between the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I and his son, the Crown Prince Maximillian. Relations between the two were so bad that the Emperor did not want his son under the same roof!

Over the centuries the Hofburg has been extensively rebuilt and remodeled as funds have been available and tastes have changed. It remains, however, a serious expression of Imperial power and grandeur. The building is still in use today as the official residence of the Austrian president.


  • Level 6
  • 8 Turns to Build
  • 10,000 Gold To Build


  • +1 Happiness (Nobility)
  • +1 Happiness (Lower Classes)
  • +5 to Repression in the region
  • +15% Tax Bonus to Region Tax Income
  • Recruitment Capacity (Units in Training): 3
  • Enhances National Prestige
  • Recruits basic infantry
  • Built in Vienna, Austria, as the Highest level Administrative building by the Austrians

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