Vienna is often considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the capital and the largest city of Austria. This historic city has been synonymous with arts and culture for many centuries. It is also a city of grand medieval architecture, dotted with stunning Baroque monuments and buildings. A trip to Vienna is similar to wading through Bavarian history in all its splendor and glory. In this blog, we will 10 of the must-see attractions that should not be missed when visiting Vienna.
The Burggarten is an expansive English garden located on the Ringstrasse, beside the Albertina and Hofburg. This once-royal garden was opened to the public in 1919 and has since been a favorite with locals and tourists alike for enjoying a relaxed stroll in the Viennese sun. This beautifully landscaped garden is sprinkled with many beautiful statues and fountains. There is also a memorial to Mozart, a favorite son of this city. Other attractions of the Burggarten include the Palmenhaus, a glass palm house, and the Schmettlerlinghaus, a zoo of tropical butterflies.
The Hundertwasserhaus is one of the quirkier attractions of Vienna. This apartment house is located in Landstrasse and is considered one of the leading expressionist landmarks of the city of Vienna. It was the brainchild of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser after whom it is named. The design was done by Joseph Krawina, an architect. All the 52 apartments in the building are of a different color. They are shaped differently. While some are entwined by trees and its roots, others seem to spill out of the complex.
The Belvedere complex is one of the major torchbearers of the historical significance and glory of Vienna. Dating back to the 17th century, it is home to 2 magnificent Baroque palaces, the Palace Stables, and the Orangery. All of these structures are beautiful examples of Baroque architecture that are set amidst an expansive garden. The garden is protected with large wrought iron gates and is dotted with statues, intricately crafted fountains, and cascades. Originally built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, it is today home to the Belvedere Museum.
- Wiener Rathaus
The Wiener Rathaus, or, Vienna Town Hall, is a grand piece of Gothic architecture located in the Rathausplatz neighborhood of Vienna. It is the seat of the Mayor of Vienna as well as the City Council. This building was constructed in the late 19th century replacing an older town hall which had become too small for the growing city. Wiener Rathaus has a grand façade with 5 towers. The central tower rises to a height of 98 meters and has the Rathausmann statue, a symbol of the city. The front of the Town Hall is home to one of the largest Christmas markets in the city. After visiting the Town Hall, take a break at the Rathauskeller restaurant. This historic restaurant is housed in the same building and offers traditional Viennese cuisine.
The Prater is an amusement park. Now, you may think that amusement parks are everywhere in the world — so what is so special about this one? Prater has some truly amazing rides which are not found anywhere else in the world. For example, it has a 117-meter flying swing! It is the tallest of its kind in the world. Then there are numerous rides like the Turbo Boost, Ghost trains, Go Karts and Bumper cars. There is off course a giant Ferris wheel — the Wiener Riesenrad. It was built in the 19th century and is one of the largest in the world. Along with all of this, there are plenty of snack bars, restaurants, a planetarium, and a museum.
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a majestic Roman Catholic church that is one of the most visited attractions in the city of Vienna. It is located in Stephensplatz, one of the busiest tourist pockets of the city. The cathedral was completed in 1160 in a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture. Its enormous south spire rises to a height of 136.44 meters. The cathedral was severely damaged during World War II but has since been fully restored. While the exterior is decorated with many statues, the interior is quite lavish in its décor.
The Ringstrasse is a grand ring road that encircles the old city center of Vienna. Stretching just over 5 km, the Ringstrasse is a major attraction of the city for the innumerable grand structures. The road was completed in 1865 after replacing the protective city walls. It was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph. It is lined with several neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance, neo-Baroque, and neo-Classical buildings. The Ringstrasse is part of the old city center and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of its most notable residents include the State Opera, Rathaus (Town Hall), Palace of Justice, Vienna Stock Exchange, and Museum of Natural History.
- Vienna State Opera
Vienna has been synonymous with classical music for many centuries and there is no better place to celebrate it than the Vienna State Opera. Located along the Ringstrasse, the opera building dates back to 1869 and is considered one of the premier opera houses in the world. The building, an attraction in itself, is steeped with history and grandeur. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera and wasrenamed in 1920. It has a seating capacity of 1709, with another 567 places for standing!
- Hofburg Palace
This former imperial palace is one of the most impressive structures in the city of Vienna. It was built in the 13th century although the present look is the result of several restorations and expansions over the centuries. It served as the winter palace with the neighboring Schonbrunn Palace as the royal summer residence. Presently it is home to the President of Austria. The palace has several wings, but only 3 of those are open to the public — Sisi Museum, which is dedicated to Elizabeth, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph; the Silver Museum, a collection of imperial artifacts; and the Imperial Apartments.
- Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Vienna. This former imperial palace used to serve as the summer residence to the royal family. This grand structure along with the expansive and stunningly decorated garden complex was completed in the early 18th century. It was built by Emperor Leopold I and transformed into a summer residence by Maria Theresa. With its 1441 rooms, the palace is one of jaw-dropping beauty. The gardens are home to several attractions also like the Privy Garden, a huge maze, a marble summerhouse, and the oldest zoo in the world. It is built on higher grounds which offers a sweeping view of the city of Vienna.
Originally posted 2017-06-07 06:16:21.