The Capital of Austria, the Imperial City of Vienna, called Wien in its original German Language, is the largest city of the country and the center of government, culture and entertainment. With a population of close to 2 million is the seventh largest city by population within the European Union, and second only to Berlin among German Speaking people.
Vienna the Capital of Austria in its full splendor
I have been fortunate to visit Vienna many times during the last 4 decades and it always impressed me for its palaces, squares and shops. Going to Vienna in summer is a gift to the soul.
It is located on the eastern part of Austria very close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. It is called the “Capital of Dreams” in reference to Sigmund Freud a resident of Vienna and “The City of Music” for its legendary musical history. The city center was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site back in 2001.
Schonbrunn Palace is the # 1 attraction in Vienna Austria
Schloss Schönbrunn is the number one attraction in Vienna and the most visited site. The palace complex includes the palace, the park with fountains, statues and gardens.
It is located on a hill in southwestern Vienna and was designed by Fischer Von Erlach completing its construction in 1713 as a summer residence to the Imperial Family. It features 1440 rooms of with a small part open to the public.
The décor ranges between Franz Joseph’s simple style and the luxurious Rococo style of the “Room of Millions”. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Albertina houses one of the largest graphic art collections in the world with about 44,000 drawings and one million old masters prints including Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. It is located in the city center just 100 meters from the Opera House.
This is the Austrian National Theater, one of the most important German Language theaters in the world.
Romanesque and Gothic styles of St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna
This Cathedral, called Stephansdom Stephenplatz, stands on the ruins of two earlier churches dating to the 12th century. Later in the 14th century Rudolf IV initiated the Romanesque and Gothic style you see today.
It is the most important church in Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop and the site of important events through Austrian history. The Pummerin Bell on the dome is one of the most important landmarks in Vienna. It rings on very special occasions like celebrities weddings.
Belvedere Palace in Vienna Hosting the Austrian Gallery Museum
This grand palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) is a Baroque Palace complex surrounded by gorgeous gardens, orange groves, carved gates and statues. Build between the years 1714 and 1723 as his summer residence. The Austrian Gallery Museum resides within the palace with the world’s largest Klimt collection.
It consists of the Belvedere Unteres of Lower Belvedere and the Belvedere Oberes of Upper Belvedere.
Built in Baroque Rococo style it was completed in 1737 on behalf of Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor. It was constructed after a Plague Epidemic took the lives of 9,000 people of Vienna and deicated to St Charles Borromeo, a healer for the plague sufferers.
Prater Amusement Park in the center of the city of
I remember when I first saw this amusement park in the center of Vienna, I thought how inappropriate in such an imperial city, buth then I realized how important this is for the Austrian people and to the millions of visitors to the Capital of Austria..
It features lots of attractions, arcades, fairy tale railway, merry go rounds, log slides as well as many restaurants, cafes and bars
In the city center this is like an oasis. Located just 200 meters of the Opera House in a natural rain forest environment be surprised by hundreds of live free flying tropical butterflies.
Karntner Strasse the pedestrian mall where the action is in Vienna
This pedestrian mall is the Capital of Austria shopping center and entertainment. It runs from the square of the Cathedral Stephansdom Stephenplatz to the Ringstrasse, which is the rig road circling the city, near the Wiener Staatsoper or Vienna Opera House.
Don’t miss a visit to the Hotel Sacher, famous for its typical Wien chocolate cake called Sachertorte.
This is one of the oldest art museums in the world and it houses one of the most important collections in the world. As a few examples, the Brueghel picture collection, art pieces by Caravaggio, Lucas Cranach, Anton van Dyk, Il Guernico, Dürer, Giorgione, Hans Holbein, Raphael, Rembrandt, Guido Reni, Rubens, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Titian, Velasquez, Veronese, Fetti, Vermeer van Delf, Canaletto, Correggio and many more.
For more information go to Vienna Tourist Board
credits for images for the capital of austria:
schonbrunn by steve collis
st stephen by jebulon
belvedere by mstravel
prater by nieubunu
kartner by invisgoth
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