There are so many attractions and interesting places in Vienna that you have to run around. Especially if you came for a week, but you want to see everything at once. So, here is a short list of places to visit in the Austrian capital.
According to a2zgov.com, St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a symbol of the city and all of Austria, built in the 12th century. It is he who can most often be seen on postcards and magnets with views of Vienna. There are as many as 3 organs inside, the largest one has 10 thousand organ pipes.
The Vienna Opera is one of the outstanding theaters in the world, holding the record for the number of working days (285 per year) and performances. Every year, traditional balls are held within the walls of the opera house.
Let’s move on to palaces. Firstly, the Hofburg is one of the residences of the Habsburg imperial family, today it is the presidential palace. In total there are 2600 rooms: numerous libraries, wine cellars and other ballrooms. Secondly, the Belvedere is a complex of baroque palaces. At one time it was presented as a gift to Prince Eugene of Savoy. Thirdly, Schönbrunn is another residence of the Habsburgs. The largest palace ensemble in the Austrian Baroque style. In Schönbrunn there is a city zoo – the most respected in Europe.
The Vienna City Hall is another symbol of the city. Judenplatz Square is the old Jewish quarter, famous for its medieval synagogue, museums and a memorial to Austrian Jews who died during the Holocaust.
One of the modern symbols of Vienna is the residential Hundertwasser House (Hundertwasserhaus), designed by the Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1983-1986. The building itself has an amazing “hilly” number of storeys, the roof is covered with earth and grass, and trees are even planted inside some rooms.
Museums in Vienna
There are more than 80 museums in the city. You can visit several at once by walking around the famous museum quarter of Vienna MQ (Mukva). Here, behind the facade of the baroque imperial stables, gray concrete cubes of modern architecture and museums are hidden: Leopold, a collection of Austrian art of the late 19th and early 21st centuries and modern art. As well as cafes, shops and benches for relaxation.
Among tourists, the Sigmund Freud Museum is very popular in the apartment where he lived and worked from 1891 to 1938.
All the masterpieces of street art are collected in the Vienna Street Art Gallery, twice it was recognized as the best in Europe. Fans of classical art museums have a direct road to the Museum of the History of Art.
Look for one of the most controversial collections in the Tower of Lunatics. Fans of tickling their nerves will like the Museum of Funeral Supplies.
Children are usually impressed by the Museum of Medical History with a collection of wax models of human organs and instruments for operations, as well as the Polytechnic Museum with an informative and fun tour and the opportunity to touch everything, try it and conduct a couple of experiments.
Children and teenagers under 19 have free admission to Vienna’s federal and city museums, including the Zoom Children’s Museum in the MuseumsQuartier.
Surprisingly, Vienna even has a public toilet, which fits the definition of a landmark. Located in an underground passage near the Opera, Opera Toilet Vienna is famous for having hundred-year-old posters hanging on the walls, and booth doors that look like the entrance to an opera box. In the ladies’ room there are always bouquets of roses, and in the men’s room there are cabinets with alcohol, under them there are original urinals. At the piano, as a rule, a pianist sits and plays something invigorating.
The main excursions around the city and suburbs: sightseeing tour of Vienna – 3.5 hours (walk along the Ringstrasse, where the main attractions are located, visit Schönbrunn Palace, the former residence of the Royal House of Habsburg). Excursion to the Vienna Woods – 3.5 hours (Vienna Woods, Baden, Helenental, Cistercian Abbey of the Holy Cross, Liechtenstein Castle, Seegrotte underground lake). Excursion to the Wachau Valley – 7 hours (visiting ancient castles, including Dürnstein Castle, which was once the dungeon of King Richard the Lionheart, Melk Benedictine Abbey – the pearl of the Austrian Baroque, a walk along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein). Night tour of Vienna (3 hours).
Leopoldsberg is the closest of the hills surrounding Vienna. In clear weather, its observation deck is ideal for studying urban geography.
Excursion “Vienna Forest”
This excursion program includes a tour of the southern suburbs of Vienna, located in the Vienna Woods – one of the most beautiful parts of Austria. The route starts with a sightseeing tour of the city of Baden, which is world famous for its thermal springs and winemaking (wine tasting in one of the wine cellars is included in the price of the tour). During a sightseeing tour of Baden, tourists get acquainted with the main sights and history of the city, after which the tour will continue in the Spa Park, where travelers will visit the oldest casino in Austria and the house where the great composer Beethoven lived.
In addition, the tour includes a visit to the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Cross (Heiligenkreuz) with the tomb of the Babenbergs, the medieval castle of Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein) and the Habsburg hunting lodge in the village of Mayerling, which became infamous in 1889 due to the double suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and his sweetheart. The program also includes a visit to the Helenental valley, and at the end of the tour, its participants will be able to ride a boat on the Seegrotte underground lake.
The duration of the tour is about 4 hours. Of course, you can walk through the Vienna Woods on your own by taking bus number 38A.
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