Vienna is the capital of Austria and of classical music, located on the banks of the Danube, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the birthplace of great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart or Strauss. This city amazes for its extensive architectural and cultural heritage, as well as being one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
If you go to Vienna it is important that you visit its most important places, so we will give you a guide to the places that you should not miss.
This huge palace was the summer residence of the imperial family, built in the 17th century, it really impresses with its well-cared and extensive gardens, as well as its luxuriously decorated rooms such as the Great Gallery, the Breakfast Room and the Circular Chinese Room. You can visit more than 40 rooms, stroll through its beautiful gardens and visit the impressive Museum of Imperial Carriages.
Another of the most important activities is to visit the Naschmarkt street market, which has been in operation since the 16th century and is the oldest in the city. It houses a large number of stalls with fresh products and numerous restaurants, where you can try everything from Asian food to traditional Austrian cuisine such as apple pie, typical sausages or schnitzel.
The Hofburg Palace is located in the historic center and was the residence of the Habsburg royal family for more than six centuries. You will be able to know the perfectly furnished and decorated imperial rooms. In this castle, a large part of the history of Vienna is concentrated in its many rooms, including the Imperial Chapel, the Church, the Treasure Chamber and the Sisi Museum, where you will learn a little about the history of this controversial character.
Austrian National Library¶
The Austrian National Library is located in the Hofburg Palace complex, it was built in the 18th century in the Baroque style and houses more than 8 million documents, including papyri, old books and maps, on its tall wooden shelves. Its great Imperial Hall is really amazing, since in addition to countless old books there are beautiful frescoes in its dome, several marble statues and a couple of fantastic globes, one terrestrial and one celestial.
Spanish Riding School¶
In the Hofburg Palace there is also the Spanish Riding School, which is more than 400 years old, being emblematic worldwide and the oldest in Europe. There you will be able to see magnificent specimens of the Lipizzaner breed and see the morning training sessions or the gala performances that take place on Sunday mornings. UNESCO declared this school as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Vienna Opera¶
The Vienna State Opera is internationally famous and operates in a Renaissance building, where great works are performed in an auditorium that can hold up to 2,800 spectators. Inside you can see a beautiful marble staircase, the Tea Room, the lobby, a large stage and the Marble Room.
The Capuchin Church was built between 1622 and 1632, under this church lies the Imperial Crypt where 149 members of the Hapsburg royal family have been buried, including 18 empresses and 12 emperors. The magnificent sarcophagus of Emperor Francis and his wife Maria Teresa stands out, as well as that of the famous Empress Elizabeth of Bavaria (Sisi).
St. Stephen’s Cathedral¶
This cathedral is the most important religious center in Vienna and it was there that Mozart’s wedding and funeral were held, it was built in the 12th century and is located in St. Stephen’s Square. It stands out for its high spire-shaped tower where you can go up by elevator and from the top, you will be able to see its charming tilework and wonderful views of the center of Vienna.
Inside you can see that the Gothic and Baroque styles intermingle, with the most interesting works being the image of the crucified Christ, the Pummerin Bell, the Pilgrim Pulpit, the Catacombs and the tombs of various royal figures including that of Emperor Frederick III.
A quiet walk through nature through the Stadtpark that is located in the center of Vienna, where you can see beautiful sculptures, among which is the monument in honor of Johann Strauss. But also the architectural complex of the Wienflussportal and the Kursalon building, both worth seeing. This park stands out for its English style and was inaugurated in 1862. The Kursalon was where Strauss performed his first concert and there you can see presentations with the best works of Strauss and Mozart.
The Ringstrasse is a circular avenue with more than 5 km where most of the main historic buildings in the center are concentrated. In addition to the Opera and the Hofburg Palace there are important buildings such as the Votive Church, with a pair of twin spire-shaped towers and its colorful stained glass windows, the impressive façade of the Town Hall, the Austrian Parliament which houses the Chamber of the Federal Assembly and the Hall of Pillars.
Church of San Carlos Borromeo¶
This church was built after the plague by Emperor Charles VI, the temple impresses with its two columns that were inspired by Trajan’s Column in Rome and you can go up by elevator to admire the magnificent frescoes of its dome inside.
The Belvedere Palace was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, it is a Baroque-style palace with three-tiered gardens and large fountains. It is made up of two emblematic buildings: the Upper and Lower Belvedere. In the Upper Belvedere is the famous work of Gustav Klimt “The Kiss” and the Marble Hall, among his most outstanding works and in the Lower Belvedere you can marvel at the Hall of Mirrors, the Hall of Grotesques, the Gallery de Mármol and La Orangery (a beautiful greenhouse).
This is the oldest amusement park in the world and dates back to 1895, preserving some of the attractions of that time such as the Giant Ferris Wheel, where you can enjoy beautiful views of Vienna and the park from its 60 meters. It also has other typical attractions such as a ghost train and a roller coaster, among others.
The famous composer composed “The Marriage of Figaro” (one of his best works) in this house, and you can learn about his life story, as well as see Mozart’s personal belongings and musical instruments.
Vienna, a true paradise to meet