The Ultimate Vienna Guide

Vienna, Austria’s pristine capital, lies on the mystical Danube River. Imperial palaces grace the city’s avenues. This is as much a centre of intellectual and artistic liberation as Paris. The city of Mozart, Beethoven, Klimt and Freud, Vienna is full of natural and man-made allure. The capital also functions as a tourist and commercial hotspot. Vienna is famous all over the world for its charming coffee houses, cultural heritage, architecture and taverns.

The city, once ruled by the Hapsburg Empire, played a determining role in European culture and art. We would like to introduce you to the best of Vienna:

St. Stephens Cathedral

The mother of Roman Archdiocese

The St. Stephen’s Cathedral is held in high regard all through Europe. The Gothic Cathedral is the mother church of The Viennese Roman Archdiocese. The cathedral functions as a cultural and historical landmark in the capital.  The architecture of the edifice is a beautiful mix of Romanesque and Gothic structures.

The Cathedral is built over an ancient Roman cemetery and has been reshaped all through the WWII years but new columns and structures have been added gradually to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

You can’t miss this intriguing landmark if you visit Vienna. The cathedral has all the hallmarks of a grand historical venue.

Schönbrunn Palace

The most alluring imperial structure in Vienna

Leopold I had commissioned the intricate facade of the Schönbrunn Palace to be built for his son. The grandiloquent Baroque structure has become an imperial attraction in the city of Vienna. 

The palace is now a UNESCO world heritage site, and very important to Vienna’s culture. The residence of the Hapsburg kings, the Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Not only is it’s architecture and interior worth a visit, but the estate itself is compelling.

If you plan on spending an interesting afternoon in Vienna, and an audio-guided tour of the Schönbrunn is the way to go.

Prater

Adventure, action, music and food: Everything the Prater has to offer

This destination was once a property of the Hapsburg king. Prater Vienna was gifted to the Viennese public in the eighteenth century. Situated in the 2nd district, Prater is Vienna’s largest amusement park and garden. The Weiner Riesenrad is a magnanimous Ferris wheel and the outline of The Riesenrad is synonymous with the Prater. The wheel is the most prominent attraction of the park.

The Praterturm is a giant adrenaline ride, for those who have the heart to sit in it. If the hustle-bustle of the amusement park doesn’t check your list, then cycling, and walking around its many chestnut lanes is the best way to spend an afternoon.

Vienna State Opera

Welcome to the ultimate Viennese stage

The Vienna State Opera has seen epic performances thorough its life. Mozart, Strauss and Wagner have led historical concerts on its stage. The State Opera reached its pinnacle with Mahler’s compositions. The building was destroyed in air raids and rebuilt through the Marshall Plan aid.

If you are a lover of all things history and music, head to the centre of the Vienna State Opera.

The Hofburg

The treasure land of Vienna’s history

The Hofburg estate and palace is the original residence of the Hapsburgs. The palace complex consists of cobblestone streets, historical edifices and pedestrian pathways. The estate now consists of many important Viennese buildings. The National Library and the President’s office being two of them.

The Hofburg is home to the Imperial Library. Imperial relics, treasure cases, Hapsburg empire’s most important possessions, are all kept in this building. The Neue Building hosts many museums. The arms and armour collection, Museum of Austrian history and the Welt museum are some of the most interesting destinations.

The Hofburg consists of insights into cultures all over the world. If you are planning a trip to this complex, walk leisurely around it’s many beautiful buildings.

Rathaus

A splendid architectural treat

Rathaus is the seat of the Viennese government. The Vienna City Hall is dominated by the facade of a rising Gothic tower. Built by Schmidt in the nineteenth century, the City Hall has elements of historicism. The building is an amalgamation of the best aspects of Austrian architecture.

Don’t forget to visit Rathaus if you’re looking for the best of Vienna’s architecture.

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