The 13 best places to visit in Vienna

 

Built in 1964, standing at 252 metres (827 ft) high, the Danube Tower is the tallest building in Austria and at the time of writing the 66th tallest building on Earth. The viewing platform at 150 metres (190 ft) high offers one of the best panoramic views over the city.

13. Donauturm

 

Completed in 1869 in a Neo-Renaissance style is one of the Vienna's most famous landmarks, the Vienna State Opera House. Hugely restored and rebuilt after World War II, it remains a major building of the city, and probably the most famous opera house in the world.

12. Wiener Staatsoper

 

Whilst Hofburg Palace was the winter residence of the Austro-Hungarian Kings, the Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence. Built in the 15th century this baroque palace with it's 1,441 rooms is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. Within the sculpture garden stand 32 larger than life size sculptures representing mainly Roman mythological deities, along with the gardens crowning monument, The Neptune Fountain. The Schönbrunn Palace and it's gardens have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pictured from the 60 metre (200 ft) hill which since 1775 has been crowned by the Gloriette structure.

11. Schloss Schönbrunn

 

Meaning 'Trench', the Graben is one of the most famous streets in the Vienna, lined with tall baroque and Romanesque 16th and 17th century ornate buildings it is the cities main shopping street. Among the historic buildings and fountains is the Pestsäule Memorial, or Trinity Column, a baroque sculpture erected after the great plague epidemic of 1679.

10. Graben

 

Completed in 1910, the Francis of Assisi Church, sometimes called the Kaiser Jubilee Church or the Mexico Church, is a large basilica on the banks of the Danube river. This enormous and beautifully designed building is even more striking at night when gloriously lit by spotlights.

9. Kirche Zum Heiligen Franz Von Assisi

 

Building began on the imperial Hofburg Palace in the 13th century, and in the centuries to follow it was expanded into the enormous and lavish building that stands there today. The official residence and workplace of the President of Austria it has housed some of the most powerful people in the countries history. With it's many wings, statues and giant courtyards this elaborately decorated palace is one of the finest in country. 

8. Hofburg Palace

 

Constructed in 1897 in the Wurstelprater Amusement Park, more commonly known as Prater, is the famous Wiener Riesenrad, or The Vienna Giant Wheel. Built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef The 1st, it was one of the first Ferris Wheels ever built, and standing at 64 metres (212 ft) high it was the worlds tallest for nearly 90 years. A major attraction in the city, for many it remains the symbol of Vienna.

7. Wiener Riesenrad

 

The Maria Theresien Platz is the name of the large public square that connects the Grand Boulevard to the Museum Quarter. Facing each other from each side of the square are the two giant ornate buildings of the Natural History Museum and the Art History Museum, whilst at it's centre stands the Empress Maria Theresia Monument.

6. Maria Theresian Platz

 

The Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment block designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser whose unusual creations appear in various cities around Europe. Completed in 1985 the concept behind it was to create architecture in harmony with nature and man. The building features undulating floors, a grass and earth covered roof and trees growing throughout the rooms.

5. Hundertwasserhaus

 

Completed in 1737 is the 70 metre (230 ft) domed St Charles's Church, considered the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna as well as one of the cities finest buildings. The exterior of this huge striking building is an architectural masterpiece, and with it's frescoed dome, elaborate pulpit and many statues it has an interior to match.

4. Karlskirche

 

To the south west of the city centre, the Belvedere is a historic building complex consisting of two 16th century baroque palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere. Set in a baroque park landscape it holds the Belvedere museum, decoratively tiered fountains, cascades and baroque sculptures.

3. Belvedere

 

Completed in 1883 in a Neo Gothic style is the city hall of Vienna, with 1,575 rooms spread across it's six floors it was arranged around seven inner courtyards. This enormous structure with it's richly adorned facade was modelled in part on the Brussels Town Hall. Of the five towers, the main central tower has a height of 98 metres (322 ft) to the top of the Rathausmann statue, the symbol of Vienna.

2. Wiener Rathaus

 

Originally completed in 1160 AD, St. Stephen's Cathedral in Stephansplatz Square is the most important religious building in the capital, towering to a whopping 136 metres (446 ft) to it's highest point. The Romanesque and Gothic cathedral took it's current form around 1365 AD, where thanks to it's multi coloured ornately patterned tile roof it has become one of the most stand out, recognisable and strikingly unique structures in Vienna. Visitors should take the tour up to the Tower Room for one of the best views of the city, and a chance to see the tiled roof up close and personal.

1. Stephansdom

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