A visible blend of modern architecture gives Vienna a unique and charming cityscape. Buzzing restaurants, coffee houses, cultural events, imperial sights and cosy wine taverns urge the curious visitor to take a trip on foot and that is the specialty of Vienna – exploring by foot.
Schonbrunn Palace Sis one of Vienna’s most popular sights and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The overwhelming magnificence of the palace with its beautifully tended formal gardens, the Gloriette monument, Palm House and the zoo attracts hordes of visitors each year. The huge Hofburg is the Imperial Palace, which was the base of the Habsburgs for over six centuries. Of the palace’s 1441 rooms, 40 are open to the public; the Imperial Tour takes you into 26 of these. This property of the Habsburgs even today is largely in its original condition. It also has a separate children’s museum where children are allowed to don on the princely attires.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Some of the best art works of the world is found in Austria. It boasts of a number of artists who lived and flourished here. An unforgettable experience of being in Vienna will be a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, enriched with works by Europe’s finest painters, sculptors and artists. The neoclassical building is an artistic complement to all the masterpieces it contains within. The museum takes you on a timecapsule from Classical Rome to Egypt and the Renaissance. The extraordinary work that one can find here are the Elder’s Tower of Babel, Raphael’s Madonna of the Meadow and Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Summer to name a few.
Stephansdom The magnificent dark Gothic masterpiece Stephansdom, stands tall and proud right in the city centre. The church has stood strong here since the 12th century. Witness to a number of historical events, the Stephansdom has suffered a lot of damage but has always been repaired to its original. From the exterior, the glorious tiled roof, with the prominent v-shaped rows of chevrons and Austrian eagle are eye-catching. Inside, the elaborate Gothic stone pulpit sits over the main nave. Through its entire length it features salamanders and toads fighting an eternal battle of good versus evil. The period chapel, at the very far end of the main nave, shows the stoning of St Stephen.
Belvedere Schloss One of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks was designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt for Prince Eugene of Savoy. This outstanding structure comprises of the Upper and Lower Belvedere and an extensive garden and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the Belvedere exhibits the greatest collection of Austrian art of the Middle Ages to the present day, accompanied by the work of internationally celebrated artists such as Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann.
Karlskirche Karlskirche or St.Charles Church is the finest of Vienna’s baroque churches. This dramatic structure was built by Karl VI as a dedication to St Charles Borromeo, who helped plague victims in Italy in 1713. The enormous twin columns at the front are inspired from the Trajan’s Column in Rome and show scenes from the life of St Charles Borromeo.
Vienna holds sights which are unforgettable. The rich culture keeps one mesmerised. The age old coffee houses and unsophisticated wine cellars stand alongside top restaurants and shops, and a walk through these cobbled streets take you back to the time of eras earlier. The internationally famed Life Ball and the operas are unique to this wonderful city, filled with abundant green vistas and entertaining areas for the young and old, like the Wienerwald, Prater and the Danube Island – unmistakably a very special city to visit.