Vienna, Austria

Most people visit VIENNA (Wien) with a vivid image in their minds: a romantic place, full of imperial nostalgia, opera houses and exquisite cakes. Even so, the city can overwhelm with its eclectic feast of architectural styles, from High Baroque through the monumental imperial projects of the late nineteenth century, to the decorative Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style of the early twentieth, used to great effect on several of the city’s splendid U-Bahn stations.



Vienna, Travel Guide

Vienna became an important centre in the tenth century, then in 1278 the city fell to Rudolf of Habsburg, but didn’t become the imperial residence until 1683. The great aristocratic families flooded in to build palaces in a frenzy of construction that gave Vienna its Baroque character. By the end of the Habsburg era the city had become a breeding ground for the ideological passions of the age, and the ghosts of Freud, Klimt and Schiele are now some of the city’s biggest tourist draws.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Central Vienna is surprisingly compact, with the historical centre, or Innere Stadt, just 1km wide. The most important sights are concentrated here and along the Ringstrasse – the series of traffic- and tram-clogged boulevards that form a ring road around the centre. Efficient public transport allows you to cross the city in less than thirty minutes, making even peripheral sights, such as the monumental imperial palace at Schönbrunn, easily accessible. However, for all the grand palaces and museums, a trip to Vienna would not be complete without spending a leisurely afternoon over a creamy coffee and a piece of cake in one of the grand, shabby-glamorous coffeehouses for which the city is famous.

Vienna Travel Guide Austria Top Attractions

Vienna’s imperial grandeur is the legacy of the powerful Habsburg monarchy. Their home for more than six centuries, the Hofburg palace complex, incorporates the Burgkapelle (Imperial Chapel), where the Vienna Boys’ Choir sings Sunday Mass, and the famed Spanish Riding School, where Lipizzaner stallions perform elegant equine ballet, along with a trove of museums, including in the chandeliered Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments). Other immense palaces include the baroque Schloss Belvedere and the Habsburgs’ 1441-room summer residence, Schloss Schönbrunn, while 19th-century splendours such as the neo-Gothic Rathaus (City Hall) line the magnificent Ringstrasse encircling the Innere Stadt (inner city).

One of the Habsburgs’ most dazzling Rinsgstrasse palaces, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, houses the imperial art collection. It’s packed with priceless works by Old Masters, and treasures including one of the world’s richest coin collections. Behind the Hofburg, the former imperial stables have been transformed into the innovative MuseumsQuartier, with a diverse ensemble of museums, showcasing 19th- and 20th-century Austrian art at the Leopold Museum to often-shocking avant-garde works at the contemporary MUMOK. Meteorites, fossils and prehistoric finds fill the Naturhistorisches Museum, while exquisite furnishings at the applied-arts Museum für Angewandte Kunst are also among the artistic feasts in store.

Articles

Find More  

14 Κορυφαία Αξιοθέατα & Δραστηριότητες Στο Kitzbühel, Αυστρία

Prospering in the 16th century with copper and silver mines, Kitzbühel - nicknamed "Kitz" - has since become a modern resort serving an international clientele attracted by its excellent ski resorts and winter sports, with many ski schools and snowboard parks. In summer, activities such as hiking, cycling, rock climbing and golf are popular. Kitzbuhel Top Attractions One of the [...] Continue reading  

15 Κορυφαία Αξιοθέατα Στη Βιέννη, Αυστρία

Vienna is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Internationally, Austria's capital is particularly well known for its many historical attractions and the wide range of unique things to do in Vienna. Particularly impressive are the majestic castles and world-famous baroque buildings of the city centre, which inspire a fascinating architecture. Influenced by artists such as Mozart, Beethoven and Klimt, [...] Continue reading  

Καλύτερα Αξιοθέατα στο Wolfgangsee, Αυστρία

Wolfgangsee in Austria also called Lake Wolfgang is a truly beautiful place and one of the best attractions to visit in Austria: stunning scenery on the shore of the world-famous Schafberg, crystal clear lakes, plenty of culture and history. Whether you choose hiking, cycling or water sports, Lake Wolfgangsee is a real paradise for nature lovers. St. Wolfgang at Wolfgangsee [...] Continue reading