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5 Top Attractions in Vienna

The capital and largest city in Austria, Vienna is one of the cultural capitals of Europe. It is a large city of nearly two-million people. The romantic imperial city and former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is situated on the banks of the River Danube and it has a continental climate with long, warm summers and cold winters.

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For anyone with an interest in history, culture, fine architecture or even just a romantic city break, Vienna definitely is a fantastic place to go. The city is not a particularily cheap destination to visit, although prices are more or less in line with other western countries.

Many fine travel portals such as Co-operative Travel feature city breaks to Vienna, thus you will be able to enjoy this fantastic city at your convenience. Make sure to include at least some of these five of the top attractions in your schedule:

Schönbrunn Palace

One of the most significant cultural landmarks in the country, the Schönbrunn Palace is a stunning imperial residence built in the late baroque style of architecture. Boasting 1441 rooms, it was the summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs. The palace is one of the most visited sites in the city. As well as having great historical significance, it also has a beautiful location with plenty of extravagant gardens and walkways. The palace is also home to the Schönbrunn Zoo, one of the oldest in the world.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Dating back to 1147, St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of Vienna's most impressive landmarks. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna and the largest church in the country. The cathedral boasts a 445 foot-high tower, an elaborately patterned and coloured roof and a very extravagant interior complete with 18 altars and several chapels. The cathedral is also home to many fine works of art, some dating back as long ago as the fifteenth century.

Hofburg Palace

Vienna has no shortage of stunning palaces and another one of its most famous is the Hofburg Palace. It was also a residence of the Hapsburg dynasty of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The palace grew around what was originally a medieval castle. The only part of the building which survives from this time is the chapel. What makes the Hofburg Palace particularly interesting is its fascinating mix of architecture dating back from various times throughout history. Here you will see architectural styles such as art nouveau, gothic, medieval and late baroque. The palace is home to the national library, imperial treasury and the ethnographical museum.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Although Vienna has a great deal of art galleries and museums to offer, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is undoubtedly one of the most impressive. The building which houses the museum is equally imposing - a stunning palace with an extremely ornate interior decorated with stucco, marble, gold-leaf and many works of art. The museum was opened in 1891 by the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, Franz Joseph I. The diverse collections of the museum are organized in various different sections. Here you will find relics from Ancient Egypt and the Near East, Roman and Greek antiquities, fine examples of sculptures and decorative arts, a gallery of paintings and a library.

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera began construction in 1861, being completed in 1869. It is located in the centre of the city on the Ringstrasse (central ring road). It has a reputation throughout the world for its excellent performances. It is also the main venue of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Being a place well known for its impressive musical and operatic history, a visit to Vienna would not be complete without a visit to the opera! The building itself is equally impressive, boasting stunning vaulted ceilings and an ornate marble staircase in front of the main entrance.

We hope you enjoy the visit on this site and your time in Vienna!