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Top Attractions in Vienna

SCHLOSS SCHÖNBRUNN

SCHLOSS SCHÖNBRUNN

Situated a short distance outside the city centre, this magnificent palace, the former summer palace of the Habsburgs, is without question a Viennese pre-requisite. Built during the reign of Maria-Theresa and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this opulent palace sits amidst 435 acres of stunning gardens where you’ll find dancing fountains, a topiary maze and the Tiergarden, the world’s oldest zoo, founded in 1752. Inside, just 40 of the ornate 1,441 rooms are open to the public.
HOFBURG

HOFBURG

Official residence of the Habsburg monarchy for over 600 years, the vast and majestic Hofburg complex, also known as the Imperial Palace, is one of Vienna’s most recognisable and symbolic landmarks. Home to the offices of the Austrian President, the Hofburg also plays host to the Imperial Treasury, the Emperor’s Apartments, National Library, Silver Vaults and the Albertina, Neue Burg and Sisi Museums. You can also see performances of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Spanish Riding School here.
SCHLOSS BELVEDERE

SCHLOSS BELVEDERE

Built as the summer palace of Prince Eugène of Savoy and once home to Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the sumptuous Belvedere, in fact two palaces set opposite one another amidst stunning formal French gardens, represents a Baroque architectural masterpiece. Set within the upper and lower palaces are museums displaying some of the finest examples of Austrian artwork, with pride of place undoubtedly going to Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. A thoroughly worthwhile visit.
STEPHANSDOM

STEPHANSDOM

Dominating the city skyline with its soaring Gothic tower and distinctive chevron-effect roof, Stephansdom (St Stephan’s Cathedral) represents the heart of Vienna and should be considered a sightseeing essential. Stephansdom’s architectural make-up reflects a mix of styles, most notably Romanesque and Gothic, yet its impressive interior also boasts Baroque and Renaissance influences If you’re feeling fit, be sure to climb the 343 steps to the top of the Alter Steffi tower for some magnificent panoramic views over the city.
RATHAUS

RATHAUS

Set amidst the architectural splendour of Vienna’s Ringstrasse is the Rathaus, seat of the city council. Built in the late 19th century, this grand building provides a rather attractive backdrop to a number of city events, most notably the Wiener Festwochen and Christmas Market, held annually on the Rauthausplatz in its foreground Don’t miss the pretty Rathauspark situated between the Rathaus and the Ringstrasse, replete with fountains and bronze statues.
ALBERTINA MUSEUM

ALBERTINA MUSEUM

Housed within the grandeur of the Imperial Palace, the Albertina is home to one of the most important and extensive graphic art collections worldwide. Taking its name from the collection’s founder, Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, the Albertina comprises around 50,000 drawings and watercolours in addition to some 900,000 graphic art works, not to mention an impressive portfolio of architectural and photographic exhibits, too. The line-up includes works by Monet, Renoir, Miró, Chagall, Kandinsky, Cézanne, Modigliani, Picasso and Bacon.
MOZARTHAUS

MOZARTHAUS

Mozart resided at a dozen different residences in Vienna, yet only one of these addresses – Domgasse 5 – still exists and today plays host to the Mozarthaus, offering a fascinating overview of the composer’s time in Vienna, considered the most successful period in his career. Residing here from 1784 to 1787, it was at Domgasse 5 that Mozart penned perhaps his most popular opera, The Marriage of Figaro and today Mozarthaus remains Vienna’s leading attraction to this musical genius.
KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM

KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM

Situated on Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches (Fine Arts) Museum contains a staggering array of antiquities, artefacts and artworks, including one of the world’s most important collections of Egyptian antiquities, some 12,000 pieces in total. There’s also impressive Greek and Roman exhibits, as well as an extensive picture gallery developed from the art collections of the House of Habsburg, featuring works by the greats including Rubens, van Dyck, van Eyck, Dürer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Raphael.
STAATSOPER

STAATSOPER

Set amidst the grandeur of the Ringstrasse in a beautiful neo-Renaissance building, the Staatsoper is not only a prominent Viennese landmark, but also a major player on the European operatic and ballet scene. Even if you don’t get to see a performance, join a behind-the-scenes tour of the impressive interior or visit the Staatsopernmuseum, paying homage to 140 years of the opera house’s history, with costumes, portraits of the operatic greats and ballet memorabilia.
HUNDERTWASSERHAUS

HUNDERTWASSERHAUS

Reminiscent of Gaudí’s flamboyant architectural designs in Barcelona, the thoroughly unique and fanciful Hundertwasserhaus complex of houses contrasts the opulence of Vienna’s palatial monuments and has become one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, despite being a private residence (thus visits to the interior are not possible). Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this distinctive building boasts bright colours, undulating lines and fanciful shapes, including bright pillars and a gilded onion dome atop its roof.

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