Once you explore the historical and cultural legacy of Vienna, you will go back home with an exceptional experience that will leave you with a taste for more
Vienna, one of the most exquisite cities in Europe, situated in the North-East of Austria, lying on the banks of the majestic Danube River. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Wachau region, the city offers a unique combination of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture.
The city is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the characteristic Viennese charm. Vienna is considered a paradise for music lovers, being the home to many international renowned composers such as Schubert, Strauss, Schoenberg and Berg who were born there, and others such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Mahler who chose to live there.
Exploring the historical and cultural legacy of this capital city will leave you with an exceptional experience traced all the way back to Roman times.
Hofburg – the Imperial Palace
Until 1918, the Vienna Hofburg was the center of the Habsburg empire. If you want a sneak peek into history, art and luxury, the Hofburg is the place to visit. You can have a look at the authentically-furnished Imperial Apartments, visit the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection.
In addition, the Schönbrunn Palace (the former imperial summer residence), offers beautifully tended gardens, the Gloriette monument, Palm House and a zoo.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the symbol of Vienna, is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. It has four towers and the tallest is 136.44 meters. The tower room, 343 steps up, enables you to get a magnificent view across Vienna.
Other impressive churches to visit are the neo-gothic Votive Church and the Church of St. Leopold, the first modernist building in Europe.
Vienna’s Ringstrasse & Ringstrasse Palaces
The famous Ringstrasse is Vienna’s beautiful boulevard and hosts many monumental buildings, such as the Vienna State Opera, the Parliament, the Museum of Fine Arts and several beautiful palaces.
Historic stairways, courtyards, 1700+ bridges, the Architecture Center, Gothic and Baroque buildings as well as Art Nouveau. Have a look at the architecture and design sights you can behold in the city.
Vienna is bursting with art and museums. Whether you prefer contemporary art, the classic imperial collection at the Art History Museum, natural history at the Natural History Museum, or literature, Vienna is home to over 100 museums and exhibitions, making sure there is something for everyone.
Belvedere is another baroque architectural jewel which is not only a palace but also home for Austria’s most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
The observation terrace of the Danube Tower reveals a 360° spectacular view. The restaurant and café at the top of the tower also offer a unique experience – they rotate around its axis and allow you to enjoy the panoramic scenery. Special multimedia touch screens will guide you through the history of Vienna.
University of Vienna
The University of Vienna is the oldest university in the German‐speaking cultural area. There are guided tours through the main building during which you can explore the Arcade Court in the shape of a “campo santo” and the Main Ceremonial Chamber (whenever available) with its renowned ceiling, decorated with copies of the mural paintings by Gustav Klimt and the Great Reading Room of the University Library.
The House of Mozart
Though Mozart lived at a dozen different addresses in Vienna, the only apartment that has survived to this day is at Domgasse number 5. Visitors are immersed in the vibrant world of Mozart, experiencing his bounteous genius and creativity, his family, and his friends and foes in Vienna of the late Baroque. Become acquainted with Mozart’s enigmatic personality – an experience par excellence!
Vienna’s famous amusement park the Prater attracts thousands of visitors each day. The Prater will impress you no matter whether you decide to go for a ride on the Giant Ferry, to take a photo with a celebrity in the renowned Madame Tussauds waxworks museum or to stroll around the green alleys of the park, the Prater.