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Best places to visit in Austria

Parlament
Country: Austria

Today’s assembly hall of Austria’s two-chamber parliament originally served as the location of the highest legislative body of the Austrian part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. An imposing Neo- Classical building, the Parlament was completed in ...

Universitat
Country: Austria

Vienna University is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and the third oldest in Central Europe, after Prague and Cracow. It was founded in 1365, by Rudolf IV, and flourished and grew in the late 15th century. Its present home, desig ...

Votivkirche
Country: Austria

Opposite the spot where a deranged man tried to assassinate Franz Joseph I in 1853, stands this Neo-Gothic church with its two 99-m (325-ft) high, lacy steeples completed 26 years later as a grateful offering for sparing the Emperor’s life. The a ...

Freud-Museum
Country: Austria

Berggasse 9, a typical 20th-century Viennese town house, was the home of Sigmund Freud, the famous doctor and father of psychoanalysis, from 1891—1938. Here he created his most acclaimed works and treated patients before he was forced to flee Aus ...

Josephinum
Country: Austria

Designed by Isidor Canevale and built in 1783—85, this building once housed the Military Surgical Institute. Life-sized anatomical wax models, commissioned by Joseph II to teach human anatomy to his army surgeons, are now the main attraction of t ...

Old AKH — University Campus
Country: Austria

Vienna’s Old General Hospital (AKH), built in 1784, was donated to the University of Vienna in 1988 and adapted to house the 15 academic faculties of the university. It was inaugurated in 1998 as university campus. The complex consists of several ...

Dreifaltigkeitskirche der Minoriten
Country: Austria

Built between 1685 and 1727, the church of the Holy Trinity is a typical Baroque structure, with a twin-tower fa?ade. It contains an altarpiece (1708) in the north aisle by the painter Martino Altomonte, and a beautiful crucifix in the south aisle ...

Museum fur Volkskunde
Country: Austria

Near a quiet park stands the charming Austrian Folklore Museum. Founded in 1895, it moved in 1917 to its present premises, the former Schonborn Palace, built in 1706—11 to designs by Lukas von Hildebrandt as a homely twostorey mansion, and altere ...

Maria Treu Kirche
Country: Austria

Originally designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in 1716, Maria Treu Kirche (church of Mary the Faithful) acquired its present form in the mid-19th century, when twin towers were added. The church, as well as the adjacent monastic buildings, was ...

Theater in der Josefstadt
Country: Austria

This intimate theatre, one of the oldest still standing in Vienna, has enjoyed a glorious history. First established in 1788, the theatre was later much altered. After renovation by Joseph Kornhausel, for its reopening in 1822, Ludwig van Beethoven ...

Palais Trautson
Country: Austria

The Baroque Trautson Palace, built between 1710 and 1712 for Prince Johann Leopold Donat Trautson, to a design by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, was acquired by Maria Theresa in 1760. She then donated it to the Royal Hungarian Bodyguard, which ...

Volkstheater
Country: Austria

Famed as a venue able to combine classic and modern drama with popular Viennese plays, the Volkstheater (People’s Theatre) was, for many years, a staging post for directors and actors on their way from the provincial theatres to the estimable Bur ...

Naturhistorisches Museum
Country: Austria

On two sides of Maria- Theresien-Platz are two identical buildings, designed by Gottfried Semper and Karl von Hasenauer. They were both built as museums at the time of Franz Joseph I, as part of the Ringstrasse development. Today, one is an art mus ...

Museums Quartier
Country: Austria

Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was commissioned by Emperor Karl VI to build the imperial stables on the escarpment behind the old town fortifications. In 1921, these Baroque buildings became a venue for fairs, and in the 1980s they were convert ...

Mariahilfer Strasse
Country: Austria

Mariahilfer Strasse is one of the longest streets in Vienna, a main artery running west from the town centre to the area around Schonbrunn. The part between Getreidemarkt (Grain Market) and Westbahnhof (the Western Railway Station) is also the busi ...

Spittelberg
Country: Austria

Spittelberg is the oldest and most colourful part of the elegant 7th District. In the 17th century, the cluster of streets between Siebensterngasse and Burggasse, around Spittelberggasse, was Vienna’s first immigrant worker district. Its inhabita ...

Hotel Sacher
Country: Austria

The Hotel Sacher is one of the “must-see” places in Vienna. It was founded by the son of Franz Sacher, who was said to have created the famous Sachertorte in 1832. Although this cake can now be bought in any caf?, the genuine article is sti ...

Staatsoper
Country: Austria

In May 1869, when Vienna’s State Opera House opened to the strains of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, music lovers rejoiced that it would no longer be necessary to travel to Paris in order to hear good opera. Built in Neo-Renaissance style, the Opera Ho ...

Academy of Fine Arts
Country: Austria

The Academy of Fine Arts is not only an educational establishment, but also one of the finest galleries of Old Masters. It was built in 1872—6, by Theophil Hansen, as a school and museum. In 1907, Adolf Hitler applied to be admitted but was refus ...

Secession Building
Country: Austria

The unusual Secession Building was designed in Jugendstil style by Joseph Maria Olbrich, as a showcase for the Secessionist artists, including Gustav Klimt, Kolo Moser and Otto Wagner, who broke away from Vienna’s traditional art scene. The almos ...

Theater an der Wien
Country: Austria

The “Theatre on the Wien River”, one of the oldest theatres in Vienna, was founded by Emanuel Schikaneder. A statue above the entrance shows him playing Papageno in the premiere of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Schikaneder, who had written the li ...

Naschmarkt
Country: Austria

The Naschmarkt is Vienna’s liveliest market, selling all types of market goods as well as delicatessen food. The Saturday flea market is particularly popular. Nearby, at Kettenbruckengasse , is the simple apartment where the composer Franz Schube ...

Technische Universitat
Country: Austria

Vienna’s Technical University has a Neo-Classical fa?ade, beautiful colonnades and attic statues by Joseph Klieber. It was built in 1816 by Joseph Schemerl von Leytenbach, to the designs of the Imperial Office of Public Works. Klieber also create ...

Karlsplatz Pavilions
Country: Austria

Otto Wagner (92) was responsible for designing and engineering many aspects of Vienna’s early underground system in the late 19th century. His plans, however, did not materialize until the 1960s, when work on the metro started. One of the undergr ...

Kunstlerhaus
Country: Austria

Commissioned by the Vienna Artists’ Society as an exhibition hall for its members, the Kunstlerhaus (Artists’ House) was built in 1868. The society favoured grandiose, academic styles of painting in tune with the historicist Ringstrasse archite ...

Musikverein
Country: Austria

Next to the Kunstlerhaus is the Musikverein, headquarters of the Society of the Friends of Music. It was designed by Theophil Hansen in 1867—9 and features terracotta statues and balustrades. The Musikverein is the home of the famous Vienna Philh ...

Wien Museum Karlsplatz
Country: Austria

Visitors to the Historical Museum of the City of Vienna are greeted by a vast model of the city from the era when the Ringstrasse was developed. The exhibition covers nearly 3,000 years of urban history. It illustrates the lives of its first settle ...

Schwarzenbergplatz
Country: Austria

The elongated Schwarzenberg Square, one of the city’s grandest spaces, is best seen from the Ringstrasse, from where several important structures come into view together. In the foreground is the equestrian statue of Prince Karl Schwarzenberg, wh ...

Stadtpark
Country: Austria

On the Weihburggasse side of the municipal park stands one of the most photographed sights in Vienna, the gilded statue of the King of Waltz, Johann Strauss the Younger. It was designed by Edmund Hellmer in the Neo- Romantic style of the 1920s. The ...

Belvedere
Country: Austria

The Belvedere was built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. A brilliant military commander whose strategies helped vanquish the Turks in 1683, the Prince became a favourite at the Austrian court and wi ...

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