Any trip to Vienna would be incomplete without visiting the newest addition to the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Neue Burg. The Neue Burg was created in 1913, and contains three incredibly important collections: The Collection of Arms and Armor, the Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments and the Ephesus Museum.
You will be in complete awe of the Collection of Arms and Armor, one of the largest exhibits of its kind. The collection has pieces that date all the way back to the 5th century; however, most of the collection comes from the Middle Ages. You will find all sorts of fantastic treasures, including swords, helmets, crossbows and armor. Most of the items actually belonged to the Habsburgs, and some of the armor was even worn by members of the family! There's also a selection of Ottoman weapons that were taken as spoils during the wars with the Turks in the seventeenth century.
You are in for a real treat when you experience the Ancient Musical Instruments section, one of the world's most important collections of musical instruments from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Many of the instruments, including stringed, plucked, keyboard and wind instruments, were played by well-known Austrian musicians and composers. You can also find instruments that are basically unusable, mainly created for their aesthetic appeal. Some of the highlights include a violin built from a tortoise shell beautifully decorated with gold and ivory, as well as a unique collection of clavichords and harpsichords from the Renaissance period.
Finally, step into the Ephesus Museum. You will be amazed at the incredible exhibits dating back over 2000 years ago. Many of the artifacts were discovered by Austrian Archeologists while digging in Anatolia (modern day Turkey) or Greece. Most of the items come from the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the largest and most important cities of the ancient world. The best of the batch were transported back to Vienna to be put on display. Some highlights include the 40-meter-long Parthian Monument from the second century AD and the sculpture of an Amazon from the Temple of Artemis.