Vienna is not only a home for the first and famous sausage in the world, but it is also a home for cultural sites, baroque and modern architectures, coffee houses, wine taverns, and a lot more.
The capital of Austria, Vienna, is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and historically shaped cities in Europe. It is one way to discover the face of Austria, as well as Europe, to learn about their heritage and lifestyle.
About one-third of the population of Austria resides in the metropolitan city, Vienna. It has the country’s center of culture, economy, and Politics. It was also called with a lot of names, city of dreams and city of music, Vienna has become one of the most visited countries in Europe. The city has also been tagged as one of the ‘most liveable cities’ in the world.
If you feel like going to Vienna already, this is your chance to know what to see in Vienna.
The palace was built in 1600 with over 1441 rooms which play a major role in cultural importance in the country. It became the main tourist attraction in the city. Because of its old age, it contains a lot of historical accounts in which the palace became a home for emperors of Austria in years. You can also notice the breathtaking architectural design of the palace. There are tours offered in the palace if you want to explore more of its room as well as its history. You can also visit the Schönbrunn garden, one kilometer from the palace, to see its landscape, fountains and stone statues. The garden also has a hedge maze and labyrinth for you to explore.
St Stephen’s Cathedral
Another architectural specimen, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a monolithic structure and one of the most prominent structures in the city. It stands as the tallest church tower in the country. The cathedral is composed of several smaller chapels, 18 altars, as well as tombs and catacombs.
Another piece of architectural beauty, the Rathaus is a Town Hall located on Rathausplatz, a square in Vienna. Constructed in the 1800s, the structure stands in a Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Guided tours are available inside the hall on certain days.
Certainly, one of the most prominent art museums in Austria that houses Austrian art collections from the middle ages. It features a wide range of paintings and sculptures located at the Upper Belvedere. Its most priced collection is The Kiss from the painter Gustav Klimt. It also features artworks from the popular painters in the world such as Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and Heinrich Füger. International painters are there as well like Jean Louis David, Edvard Munch, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Max Beckmann.
Vienna State Opera
Another product of fine architecture that has Neo-Renaissance Style as well as opera, the Vienna State Opera is located in Innere Stadt district. It is considered as one of the finest operas in the world. Guided Tours are available daily to view the whole structure. You can also view the type of show before buying a ticket.
Vienna Natural History Museum
Have a breathtaking experience by uncovering the history of the earth and its natural wonders by visiting the Vienna Natural History Museum. It showcases numerous taxidermy specimens of animals having extinct and threatened to extinct status. Aside from that, the most priced collection of the museum is the popular 29,500-year-old sculpture of “Venus von Willendorf”. Around 11 centimeters tall, the sculpture is one of the most famous archeological discoveries in the world that was found in Wachau in 1908.
Albertina is a palace-like art museum and a home of around 100 painting collections from world-renowned artists like Monet Degas, Cézanne, Klimt, Matisse, and Chagall. It also showcases a lot of architecture with around 50,000 drawings and designs. The museum was once used as Habsburgs’ imperial apartment for guests.
Spanish Riding School
If this is the first time you heard this, don’t worry, you are still in Austria. The Spanish Riding School, located in Michaelerkuppel, is one of the finest institutes for classical dressage in the world. Dressage is a long-standing renowned tradition that involves riding a horse and performing exhibitions. It was considered a form of art for other cultures such as in Austria. The school has been a brand for training horses for the art of dressage in hundreds of years. You can still appreciate the art of dressage even if you are a non-rider.
Prater Amusement Park
Revive your childhood with Vienna’s most popular amusement park, Prater. The park was once used as a hunting ground then turn into a public space and amusement stalls. There are a lot of amusement rides and sites that you can enjoy at the park-like Ferris wheel, bumper cars, carousels, and alike. You can also enjoy cafes and restaurants around the place.
You will never know the identity of a city without visiting its market. Markets are the best representation of the culture and heritage of a place. Naschmarkt has a wide variety of international cuisine offerings such as Viennese, Indians, Vietnamese, Italian, and others. The flea market is available every Saturday. There are also a lot of restaurants and coffee shops nearby. You can enjoy shopping, eating, as well as watching people watch by. Never miss out on their local coffees and wines for an authentic taste of Vienna.
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