Vienna attractions include diverse variety of historic landmarks, museums, monuments and palaces. Vienna’s rich history has left cultural heritage for generations to come and it brings millions of visitors every year. We will dedicate separate posts for each attraction with most useful information such as year when it was built/opened, price of tickets, opening hours, and you will be able to find them in attractions category page.
Here is the list with top 20 Vienna attractions with brief description:
Schönbrunn Palace. Spectacular, 1400-plus room baroque palace with lavish interiors, which also includes large gardens with a maze. Hofburg. Baroque style, former principal imperial palace, nowadays official residence and office of President of Austria. Belvedere. A historic building complex in Vienna, consisting of two baroque styled palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Also known as Stephansdom, is a medieval Roman Catholic church in Vienna, a central landmark. Prater. Large public park with Vienna’s 2nd district hosting iconic giant Ferris wheel dating back from 1897. Vienna State Opera. A world-famous opera house with largest repertoire and major productions.
Rathaus. Vienna City Hall and the seat of local government, located on Rathausplatz in the Innere Stadt district. Built in 19th century in Neo-Gothic style. Schönbrunn Zoo. Also known as Vienna Zoo; this zoo is located on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace. It is a home for about 500 species of animals, including giant pandas, Siberian tigers and elephants. Founded in 18th century. Hundertwasser House. A unique apartment block with roof forest. Designed by artists, colourful apartment block is a green oasis in Vienna.
Albertina. Art museum housed in Habsburg palace, featuring largest graphical collection in the world, including Dürer’s “Hare” and Klimt’s studies of women. About 65,000 drawings and one million of old masters’ prints are housed there. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Fine arts history museum in a palace. Decorated with lavish interiors and it is crowned with an octagonal dome. It hosts Habsburgs art collections and antiquities. Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel. Wiener Riesenrad. Permanent fairground ride and exhibition with giant Ferris wheel located in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Vienna.
MuseumsQuartier. Restored Baroque district filled with museums in both modern and historic buildings. Located in the 7th district of Vienna. Karlskirche. Also known as Rektoratskirche St. Karl Borromäus, this 18th century Habsburg domed cathedral is located in Karlsplatz in Vienna. Classical music concerts are regularly organized there. Naschmarkt. Vienna’s largest food market. Originating from the 16th century, features more than 100 food and vintage stalls and restaurants.
Spanish Riding School. Classical horse-riding school in Vienna with famous white Lipizzaner stallions. Dating back to 18th century this school also offers tours shows. Austrian National Library. The largest library in Austria, housing over 12 million items. Founded in 14th century and built in Baroque style, this library also houses papyrus and ancient globe designs. Stadtpark. Large public park in Vienna, spreading over 28 acres. Featuring a river, ornate bridges and gilded Johann Strauss statue.
Leopold Museum. Located in the Museumsquartier in Vienna, this museum is home to one of Austria’s largest collections of modern art, featuring artists like Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl. Stephansplatz. Famous square in Vienna, located in old town at the geographical centre of the city. It is named after St. Stephan Cathedral or Stephansdom, one of the tallest churches in the world. Austrian Parliament Building. Built in second half of 19th century, this monumental building hosts now two houses of Austrian parliament and it is rich in architectural features and artistic details. Guided tours are available through visitors’ centre.
There are more then a hundred Vienna attractions worth visiting and we will be publishing posts for most of them. Make sure to come back and visit again for some more useful info!
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