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Sights in Vienna

Vienna is the capital and at the same time the most populous city in Austria. The Danube city still convinces today with a variety of sights that reflect an eventful history and glorious past. Below you will find a list of the most important sights in Vienna.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

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The Vienna State Opera, Image: Guniva / shutterstock

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is located on Vienna’s Stephansplatz and is considered the city’s most famous landmark. Its name goes back to Saint Stephen, who is considered the first Christian martyr. The main tower of the building, the South Tower, is 136.44 meters high. The cathedral has a total of four towers and 13 bells. The most famous bell, the Pummerin, is the second largest free-swinging ranged bell in Europe. On the roof, the Austrian double eagle, the Viennese coat of arms and the coat of arms of Austria, are depicted in colorful tiles. The interior of the cathedral has been constantly changed over the course of many centuries.

Prater and Ferris wheel

The Vienna Prater is known for its Ferris wheel located at the northwestern tip. However, the Prater itself consists of a spacious park. The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel was built between 1896 and 1897 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Emperor Franz Josef I’s accession to the throne. It has been preserved ever since.

Belvedere Palace

The Baroque Belvedere Palace was built for Prince Eugene of Savoy. It is divided into the Upper and Lower Belvedere and, together with the associated Baroque gardens, forms a magnificent overall picture. Today, the palace houses the collection of the Austrian Belvedere Gallery and changing art exhibitions in various rooms.

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Hofburg

Hofburg in Vienna
The Hofburg in Vienna, Image: LaMiaFotografia / shutterstock

The Vienna Hofburg was the Viennese residence of the Habsburgs from the 13th century until 1918. It has been the official residence of the Austrian Federal President since 1945. This is where most of the Austrian National Library is located, museums such as the Albertina, the Hofburg Chapel, the Augustinian Church and the Federal Monuments Office. A highlight is the Sisi Museum, which depicts the true personality of the famous empress. Another highlight are the imperial apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.

Albertina

The Albertina is located in the Albrechtspalais, right next to the Hofburg. It is one of the most important museums in the world. In addition to permanent exhibitions, the Albertina also houses works by changing exhibitions by various artists. So if you buy Dogecoin in Austria and are successful with it, you might be able to acquire one of the beautiful works.

Schönbrunn Palace and the Carriage Museum

Schönbrunn Palace was built between 1638 and 1643 as a residence for Empress Eleonora Gonzaga. It is open to guests all year round and can be visited. On its grounds is the Imperial Carriage Museum, a museum in which carriages from the fleet of the Austrian emperors and other noble houses can be seen.

Schönbrunn Zoo

Schönbrunn Zoo was founded in 1752 and is the oldest zoo in the world that exists today. The zoo was created by Francis Stephen of Lorraine. He commissioned an architect, also from Lorraine, to build a menagerie (then the name of a zoo) in the park of the Schönbrunn Residence. The park was opened in 1852. Today, 8,775 animals live here on an area of 17 hectares.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Kunsthistorisches Museum contains a huge collection of paintings, antiques, coins, weapons, books and musical instruments. The Kunsthistorisches Museum also includes other museums, such as the Treasury of the Hofburg or the Carriage Museum of Schönbrunn.

House of the Sea

The House of the Sea is a zoo specializing in marine animals. There are various aquariums and terrariums where sharks, rays, turtles as well as tropical and domestic fish and other marine animals live. In addition to the animals, the “Café ocean’sky” offers a view over the city of Vienna.

House of Music

The Vienna House of Music is located in the middle of Vienna’s old town in the palace of Archduke Carl. Visitors will gain an intensive insight into the entire world of music, from sound production to contemporary music.

Vienna City Hall

One of Vienna’s landmarks and at the same time a masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture is the Vienna City Hall. Its five towers are remarkable, including the 98-metre-high main tower in the middle. The offices of the mayor, the governor, the municipal council and the state parliament are still located here.

Danube Tower

The observation tower was built between 1962 and 1964 on the occasion of the International Vienna Garden Show, which was taking place at the time.

Museumsquartier

Built in 1725 as the imperial court stables, the building complex was converted into the Trade Fair Palace in 1922. In 1998, another conversion into the Museumsquartier began. The following are located here:

  • the Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig,
  • the Leopold Museum,
  • the Kunsthalle Wien,
  • Tanzquartier Wien,
  • the Architecture Centre,
  • the jungle of Vienna,
  • the ZOOM Children’s Museum,
  • the wienXtra children’s info and
  • Hall E+G for music and performing arts.