What to See in Vienna (Austria)
Vienna is the capital of Austria. The city is located in the eastern part of the country in the middle reaches of the Danube. Back in the 1st century BC. The Roman conquerors established the military center of Vindobona on this site. Gradually, the city grew, and all the new rulers brought something unusual to its image.
The architecture of Vienna is dominated by massive buildings, next to which you will feel very small. The symbol of the city is St. Stephen’s Cathedral., located in the central part of the Old Town on the square of the same name. The first religious buildings began to appear here as early as the 12th century; the cathedral acquired its modern shape in the early 16th century. The height of the highest southern tower of the cathedral is 136.5 m. One of the largest organs in Europe has been preserved inside the cathedral. Under the cathedral is the “Ducal Crypt”, where representatives of the Habsburg dynasty are buried. Also on the cathedral itself there is an observation deck, which offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings and the Danube River. Numerous cafes are located on the Cathedral Square. Traditional cafes are also the hallmark of the Austrian capital, there are about a hundred of them in Vienna.
Not far from the Cathedral Square is the Imperial Palace Hofburg, the construction of which began even before the accession to the throne of the Habsburgs. Under the Habsburgs, the palace served as the main home of the imperial family in Vienna, and today the palace is the official residence of the President of Austria. Here you will see the Habsburg winter arena, the Schatzkammer treasure display with the crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian imperial crown; the hall of the “Burgundy Treasury” with relics of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Dukes of Burgundy; the imperial reception hall and the bedroom of Kaiser Franz Josef. The largest Viennese museums are located in separate buildings of the complex – the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum) and the Museum of Natural History, as well as the Austrian National Library, the court church Augustinkirche and the Albertina Gallery. The Kunsthistorisches Museum contains one of the most famous art galleries in the world, where masterpieces by Dürer, Rubens, Titian, Velazquez, Pieter Brueghel are exhibited. The canvases were collected during the reign of the Habsburgs. The collection of works of ancient art and the collection of monuments of ancient Egyptian art of the museum are among the largest collections of this kind in the world. In the vicinity of the Hofburg , the Capuchin Church of the 17th century is interesting, where representatives of the imperial family were buried from the moment it was founded.
According to ITYPEJOB, the main street of the city is the famous Ringstrasse boulevard, which is laid in a semicircle on the site of the former city walls that once surrounded the Old Town of Vienna. The ends of the boulevard are connected by the Franz Joseph embankment. On this “Boulevard Ring” are the most expensive and respectable establishments in Vienna.
In the southeastern part of the city, it is worth visiting the Belvedere palace complex from the early 18th century, which houses the Gallery of Austrian Art with a collection of works from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Karlskirche Church, Stadtpark, University, Count Manfeld-Fondi ‘s Palace and the Vatican Church are located not far from here.
In the western part of Vienna is one of the most beautiful palaces in Austria – Schönbrunn Palace. The name Schönbrunn has been known since the middle of the 17th century, when the wife of Emperor Ferdinand II Eleanor Gonzaga settled here. The palace consists of 1441 rooms, among which the Ceremonial Hall, the Hall of Mirrors, the Great Rose Hall and the Large and Small Galleries stand out. The palace is surrounded by a vast park with fountains, statues and ruins of buildings from the Roman era, the park also has a Palm Greenhouse and a zoo from 1752 (the oldest in the world).
Be sure to visit Vienna ‘s Museum Quarter, which covers an area of 60 thousand square meters. m and includes the Leopold Museum (with a collection of works by Schiele), the Museum of Modern Art, the Center for Architecture and the Exhibition Hall. There are many parks in Vienna. In the large Prater park, which served as a hunting ground for emperors since the 16th century, an amusement park with a huge Ferris wheel was opened, which was installed here at the end of the 19th century. At the southwestern outskirts of Vienna, the area of dense forests “Vienna Forest” begins , occupying 1250 square meters. km. This forest area is several thousand years old. Majestic oaks and beeches grow here. On the territory of the Vienna Woods, 25 km southwest of Vienna, there is one of the most famous thermal resorts in Austria – Baden .
East of Vienna, along the banks of the Danube River, up to the capital of Slovakia – Bratislava – the Donau-Auen National Park extends. Floodplain meadows and wetlands are protected here, some of the last untouched by human activity in Central Europe. One of the parts of the park is the Lobau Park, whose territory begins in the eastern part of Vienna. The park offers interesting walking tours and boat trips on the Danube River.
65 km west of Vienna is the center of Lower Austria – the city of St. Pölten , which is considered one of the oldest cities in the country. Northwest of St. Pölten lies the picturesque Wachau Valley, famous for its vineyards. Here you can visit wine cellars and taste real Austrian wine.