Hofburg Palace is today´s seat of the Austrian Federal President and has been the seat of government since 1279 for various empires and republics. The oldest sections of the palace date back to the 13th century, but construction work continued till the early 20th century. This all-embracing building comprises among others a chapel, a treasury, the National Library and the Spanish riding school for Lipizzan horses. Apart from these institutions many adjacent historic buildings and parks invite people to linger in the vast area around Hofburg. So people might approach the palace from the open space at Heldenplatz, the anfractuous path at Burggarten or the Baroque intersection at Michaelerplatz. They might as well see the palace when visiting the Natural History and the Art History Museum or the museum Albertina that is literally attached to Hofburg. Not everyone feels the need to enter the palace, yet pretty much everyone strolls around it now and then.