In German, Belvedere means ‘beautiful views’ and this palace do justice to its name. The Belvedere Palace was built in the 1600’s by Prince Eugene Savor and is divided into two parts. The Upper Palace was the Prince’s party house, whereas the Lower Palace was his garden villa that was designed by architect Lucas von Hildebrandt. Back in the 17th century, Prince used the Upper palace to entertain his guests. Pay a visit there, and you will be mesmerized by the reflecting pool and the beautiful flower garden. The place currently has some of the best artworks in the entire city and displays Austrian art from the Middle Ages, with one of the biggest collections of Gustav Klimt. His famous painting ‘The Kiss’ is also a part of the extensive collection. When in the Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), don’t forget to check out the Lower Palace, as it was used as the living quarters and has beautiful gardens that will leave you in awe. In the Lower Belvedere houses, you will also be able to see the stables and staterooms. The Schloss Belvedere is extremely vast, so make sure that you allocate some time to simply wander around in the palace.more
Austria was ruled for six centuries by the House of Habsburg and is considered one of the most famous royal families of Europe. During their reign, they built several residences and churches. The Hofburg Palace is one such construction, and till 1918 it was the Imperial Palace. The palace is a must see destination in Vienna, as it is the centre of government for Austria. The place is currently home to the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection. The Silver collection exhibits 7000 items, and some of the silver wear is still used for state dinners and formal events. The Imperial Apartments are a reminiscence of the Empire and every apartment was decorated according to Rococo style. Lastly, the Sisi Museum is dedicated to Empress Sisi and displays her personal items. The Hofburg Palace that is a city within a city consists of over 2,600 rooms, 18 wings, and 19 courtyards. The palace was created in style, and its construction combines different styles and eras, which is why one can see everything from art nouveau to gothic, and is something everyone must explore. The palace is very popular amongst tourists, and almost 600,000 people visit it every year.more
The Hundertwasserhaus is a treat for people who love to have a look at architecture. It is a basically an apartment complex that was designed by the famous Friedensreich Hundertwasser and the architects were Peter Pelikan and Joseph Krawina. The construction took place between 1983 and 1985, and the final result was a beautiful building that was completely surrounded by nature, and looked almost surreal. Hundertwasser wanted a building that was close to nature, and this is the reason why there are so many trees surrounding the property. The complex is unique because it has uneven lines, and has trees and plants extending from inside the rooms. The brightly colored building with unique shapes currently has three communal terraces, four offices, sixteen terraces, and fifty-two apartments. Even though only the exterior of the houses can be viewed, there is a village behind the complex that people can visit. It was also designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and consists of little gift shops and different cafes. If you want to have a look at Hundertwasser’s work, then pay a visit to the Kunst Haus Wien, which is quite nearby. The Hundertwasserhaus is an important part of Austria’s cultural heritage and must not be missed by visitors.more
Your trip to Vienna is incomplete without paying a visit to the Prater. It is a huge public park in the 2nd district of Vienna, and consists of an amusement park as well. Originally, the place was used by the Emperor Maximilian II in the 16th century as a hunting area, and the place continued to serve as a hunting arena till the year 1920. The amusement park is extremely famous amongst the locals as well as the tourists, and is one of Vienna’s most visited places. Other than this, it has the honor of being one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, and is open 24/7. One of the most famous attractions of the Prater is the giant wheel, which was built back in 1897 and will provide you with a beautiful view of the city. The Liliputbahn is another attraction that you must checkout, as it is a railway that is spread over 4 km, and the whole ride takes around 20 minutes. The Alt Wiener Grottenbahn is loved by kids as it is a train ride that has fairytale characters. One of the newest landmarks of the Prater consists of the Praterturm, which is the world’s highest flying swing. The place also has a planetarium that has an impressive projection known as "house of stars". It is highly recommended that you visit the Prater.more
The Rathaus (City Hall) is one of the central attractions in Vienna, as it covers a huge area where the mayor of the city meets the council. Since Vienna is also a federal province, the council acts as a provincial parliament, and the mayor has the responsibilities of a governor. The beautiful building was designed by the famous Friedrich Schmidt and the construction took place from 1872 till 1883. You will notice that the architecture of the building has glimpses of historicism and has a Gothic style. The total area of the Rathaus is 130,000 square meters, but the building is only limited to 20,000 square meters. Furthermore, the place has more than 1575 rooms, and there is a statue of “Wiener Rathausmann" at the entrance. Currently, more than 2000 people work in this magnificent City Hall, and the place is open for visitors. Other than this, the Rathaus is also used for different occasions like balls, meeting, press conferences, and concerts. One of the most important events that take place in the City Hall is the Life Ball, which is held in May. The place is also home to the Vienna City and Regional Archive and the city library known as the Vienna City and Regional Library.more
Schonbrunn Palace was formerly Princess Sisi’s summer residence, which currently has a zoo, the Palm House, a park, and the Gloriette. The palace is considered to be one of the best ones in Europe, and was under the possession of the Habsburgs after 1569. In the year 1642, Emperor Ferdinand II’s wife turned it into a summer residence, and the place became "Schönbrunn". It was revamped in 1743 by Maria Theresia, and is the birth place of the Emperor Franz Joseph. The palace became the property of the government of Austria, shortly after his death, and today, Schonbrunn Palace is a part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage. Visiting Schonbrunn Palace is truly a unique experience as the place has unique architecture and the rooms are decorated in Rococo style. The palace has beautiful tile stoves, and the roofs have some of the most beautiful crystal chandeliers that you will ever see. Don’t forget to check out the Festival Hall, the Million Room and the Emperor Franz Joseph´s Bedroom, all of which have truly unique decorations. Other than this, don’t miss out on the opportunity to view Maria Theresia’s apartment and the Tirolian garden. The palace is visited by over 2.7 million people yearly and is one place that you should definitely visit.more
Ask anyone what is the symbol of Vienna, and they will say that it is St. Stephen's Cathedral. This beautiful Gothic building is a very important part of Austria’s architecture and its construction began in the 12th century. The cathedral is huge and is 34.2 meters wide and 107.2 meters long. The structure consists of four main towers, where the height of the tallest one is 136.44 meters and is located towards the South. Other than this, the cathedral has 13 bells and provides a beautiful view of the city. One impressive feature about the cathedral is the gigantic roof with colored tiles which are laid in such a way that it creates an image of a double-headed eagle and the city’s coat of arms. The interior of the building has undergone several renovations and currently consists of different chapels and altars. Visitors can have a look at the beautiful relics in the building that are made from precious stones and gold. The cathedral also has historic importance as it is the resting place of Emperor Friedrich III, Prince Eugene of Savoy, and the Habsburg Duke Rudolph IV. Pay a visit to the cathedral and be enthralled by the beautiful towers and chapels.more
Tiergarten Schönbrunn has the privilege of being the only baroque zoo across the globe. It was constructed in 1760 as a summer residence and is located in the same area as the Schronbrunn Palace. Roman Emperor, Joseph II, travelled to America and Africa, in order to get animals for the zoo. In 1828, the place got its first giraffe, whereas the zoo got its first elephant on the 24th of July, 1906. The zoo was greatly affected by both, World War I and World War II, but is currently one of the well-kept zoos in the world, and is home to more than 500 species which includes elephants, pandas, hippos, and Siberian tigers. In the year 2010, the place opened up the Nature Experience Trail. The place offers an early package for guests where they get a chance to get in before the gates open for the public, and the “Night Vision Tour”, which starts after the dark. Schönbrunn Zoo is very famous amongst the locals as well as tourists, and the place receives almost 2 million visitors each year. It is a must go place for outdoor junkies and nature enthusiasts as it provides a great chance to experience the tropical wildlife.more
If you love riding on a Ferris wheel, then you must visit the Wiener Riesenrad. Not only does the Ferris wheel offer great views of the city, but it is an important landmark as well. It is located at the entrance of the Prater amusement park and is perfect for people who want that adrenaline rush. One of the highlights is the 8 cabin Wheel of History and the musical installations. The Ferris wheel had the privilege of being the world’s highest wheel from the year 1910 till 1985. It used to have 30 cabins, but was damaged during World War II, after which only 15 were built again. The Wheel of History is something that everyone should checkout as it will cover important aspects of the city’s history and will range from the Roman Empire till the World Wars. In addition to this, the visitors will get the opportunity of learning about the St Stephan’s Cathedral and its construction and about the era of Emperor Joseph II amongst other things. The Ferris wheel was talked about in a novel by Graham Greene, known as ‘The Third Man’ and was featured in James Bond- the Living Daylights.more
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