Welcome to Vienna
Also described as Europe's cultural capital, Vienna is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all the inspiration that you could wish for in order to discover this wonderful part of Europe.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral - www.stephanskirche.at
St. Stephen's Cathedral defines the city centre and has been the heart of Vienna for centuries. It is one of the most famous Viennese sights and was built in 1147 AD. Inside the Cathedral there are many art treasures like the tomb of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1754), the Altarpiece of Wiener Neustadt, the pulpit by Anton Pilgram (1514-15), the sepulcher of Emperor Frederik III by Niclas Gerhaert (1467-1513), the watchman`s lookout, a self portrait of the sculptor, and the Gothic winged altar.
The Imperial Palace (Hofburg) - www.hofburg-wien.at
The Vienna Hofburg is a must for anyone wanting to explore the world of the Habsburgs. Until 1918 the extensive palatial complex at the heart of Vienna was the political centre of the monarchy and today it is fulfills the same role for the democratic Republic of Austria. You can visit the Sisi Museum, the imperial apartments, the treasury rooms, the National Library, the silver collection, the Spanish Riding School and much more.
Schonbrunn Palace - www.schoenbrunn.at
Schönbrunn Palace with its surrounding buildings and the huge park with numerous architectural features, fountains and statues and not least the zoo is one of the most significant cultural monuments in Austria. In earlier times it served as summer residence to various Habsburg rulers. From 1996 Schonbrunn was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
The Museum of Fine Arts – www.khm.at
The Museum of Fine Arts was built from 1872 to 1891 and it ranks among the richest and most important art collections in the world. The Museum of Fine Arts houses paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Dürer, Raphael, Titian and Velazquez, as well as the most comprehensive collection of Bruegel's paintings in the world.
Albertina - www.albertina.at
One of the world’s finest art collections has been housed since 1805 in the Albertina, a grand Viennese palace in the Neoclassical style. The Albertina has the largest and valuable graphical collections in the world, an architecture and photographic collection.
Belvedere Castle - www.belvedere.at
The Belvedere’s two palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, were built in the 18th century. The palaces with their extensive gardens are considered to be one of the world’s finest Baroque landmarks. The Upper Belvedere houses the impressive collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Kunst House Hundertwasser - www.kunsthauswien.com
Kunst House Hundertwasser, founded in 1991 has two exhibition areas: the Hundertwasser Museum and the exhibition rooms devoted to international temporary exhibitions. The Hundertwasser Museum presents a unique cross-section of the oeuvre of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, including key paintings as well as graphic works, applied art, architectural designs and example of the artist’s ecological commitment.
Mozarthouse Vienna - www.mozarthausvienna.at
Domgasse 5 is the only one of Mozart’s apartments in Vienna that still exists today. The composer lived in Mozarthaus Vienna from 1784 to 1787 in grand style, with four large rooms, two small ones and a kitchen. The life and works of this musical genius are presented in and around this apartment on four exhibition levels. In addition to the historical Mozart apartment visitors can find out about the times in which Mozart lived and his most important works.
Visits & Excursions
Worth to do and visit:
… enjoy Vienna going around in the first district in a Fiaker or join a guided tour in an oldtimer bus or tram.
… rent a bike and explore the Danube Island.
… visit the special exhibitions held in Vienna.
… go and see the Hermesvilla – the dream castle of Empress Sisi in the Lainzer Tiergarten
… are you a music lover? Then don’t miss to visit the Strauss Museum, the Beethoven House, the Figarohaus, and the Haydn – Schubert House or enjoy experimenting at House of Music
… do not miss to visit the charming Wachau (Unesco World Heritage) with Krems, Durnstein and Melk
… an excursion to the Vienna Woods is nearly a must when you are in Vienna – visit the medieval abbey of Heiligenkreuz, the former hunting lodge Mayerling, the Seegrotte and the roman city of Baden.
… get the taste of Hungary visiting the city of Sopron (close to the Austrian border)
… take a day excursion to Burgenland and Eisenstadt
… visit Bratislava and take the chance to travel with the Twin city liner
… you love the nature? Then we recommend you the Danube National Park and the roman city of Carnuntum
… go to Semmering / Rax / Schneeberg zone – one of the oldest Austrian tourists areas
… you want a wine tasting in Austria’s oldest estate? Visit Klosterneuburg Abbey or Gottweig!