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Top Attractions in Vienna
Top Attractions in Vienna
Top Attractions in Vienna
Take a dip into the historic city of Vienna which is renowned as one of the most habitable cities in the world. Known for its imperial buildings, chamber music, cozy wine taverns, cultural festivals, magnificent operas and stunning modern architecture, it is also famed for being the home town of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Marvel at the twisty palaces, meandering cobbled lanes, and atavistic coffeehouses and their culture coupled with artistic and musical masterpieces. Barring being famed as the City of Music thanks to its musical heritage, Vienna is also distinguished as ‘The City of Dreams’ as it was the home to the world’s first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud. If you are a wine or music aficionado, then this city should definitely be on your list while visiting Austria.
The Hofburg is perhaps the most important among Vienna’s palaces having been the residence of every Austrian ruler since 1275. The sprawling complex is spread over 59 acres and contains 18 groups of buildings with 19 courtyards and 2,600 rooms. Various buildings in the complex exhibit architecture including influences of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. The palace includes many attractions like the Imperial Chapel (Hofkapelle or Burgkapelle), the Sisi Museum, the Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), the Austrian National Library, the Imperial Treasury, the Burgtheater, the Spanish Riding School and several others.
The Schönbrunn Palace is the erstwhile imperial summer residence and a predominant architectural, cultural and ancient monument of Austria. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace contains more than 1,440 rooms and apartments including those that were used by Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Joseph's Walnut room and bedroom. The Schönbrunn Gardens serves as a recreational amenity for locals and a major tourist attraction for international visitors.
Undoubtedly, one of the top places to visit in Vienna, the Belvedere Palace houses 2 magnificent Baroque buildings namely the Lower (Unteres) Belvedere and the Upper (Oberes) Belvedere. The Upper Palace includes a ground floor hall with beautiful statues and a magnificent ceremonial staircase, the Marble Hall, a 2-storey hall with numerous sculptures, paintings and ceiling frescoes. The Lower Palace also has a Marble Hall with its oval plaster medallions and ceiling frescoes as well as a Marble Gallery that contains historic statues. Other attractions in the complex are the Court Treasury, the Orangery, the Palace Stables and the Belvedere Gardens and fountains that link the 2 buildings.
Vienna State Opera:
One of the largest and most splendid theaters in the world, the majestic Vienna State Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper) built in the 19th century has hosted some of the world’s most prominent composers, conductors, soloists and dancers. The theater is closely associated with the Vienna Philharmonic regarded as one of the best orchestras in the world, whose members are chosen from the Vienna State Opera orchestra. Every year the opera house hosts over 50 operas and 10 ballet productions in about 300 performances.
Located in the Innere Stadt (first district), the Albertina is a museum and a part of the Imperial Palace. Its collections contain more than one million prints and 65,000 drawings whereas the exhibition covers art movements of the last 130 years from French Impressionism and German Impressionism to Russian avant-garde and the present. Among the exhibits are masterpieces by artists such as Monet, Degas, Picasso, Rainer, Katz, Schiele, Rauschenberg and many others. In addition to this, the Albertina has an architectural and photographic collection which are exhibited in special shows.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral:
St. Stephen’s Cathedral or Stephansdom is the most significant religious building in the city and Archbishops' seat in Vienna. The cathedral with its many-hued tiled roof has become one of the city’s most noticeable signs. With 4 towers, the tallest being the South Tower rising up to 137 meters, you can climb 343 steps to the tower room to enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Another striking feature is the Pummerin, the second biggest free hanging bell in Europe. You can also see the 14th-century catacombs and the Cathedral Treasure consisting of relics decorated with gold and precious stones and vestments.
Sigmund Freud Museum:
Dedicated to the life story of Sigmund Freud, the Father of Modern Psychology, this museum dates back to 1971 and houses a documentary center in his old rooms where he spent 47 years of his life. Special exhibitions and modern art collections display the effect of psychoanalysis on art and society. If you enjoy the complexities of the human mind, you will find this as a very interesting place to go to in Vienna.
Prater is a large natural park tucked between the river Danube and Danube canal. The Haputallee (main avenue) is the main artery lined with chestnut trees and the park also has a narrow gauge railway to take you around. Other attractions in the Prater are the Prater Ziehrer Monument, a statue of composer CM Ziehrer, the Prater Museum, a Planetarium, the Liliputbahn miniature steam railroad and Madame Tussauds which features wax figures of several celebrities.
Spread over a large area of 60,000 square meters, MuseumsQuartier is the 8th largest cultural area in the world. This area contains several Baroque buildings and boasts of its modern architecture. It is home to a large number of famous installations. The MuseumsQuartier also hosts the Viennale Film Festival, ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Techno Sensual and many other events.
Spread over an area of 65,000 square meters (28 acres), Stadtpark has bagged the tag for being the largest park in the city center. Built in 1862, this park is full of manicured lawns, a waterside walkway by the Vienna River that cuts through the park, a play area, and figurines of world-famous musicians. The park is also filled with coffee shops and restaurants that offer a variety of culinary delights.