Welcome to Vienna, Austria
Based on the rich legacy from the time of the Habsburgs, Vienna is today one of the cultural capitals of Europe.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s primary city. Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be “The City of Dreams” because it was home to the world’s first psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud.
Where is Vienna?
Vienna is located in northeastern Austria, at the easternmost extension of the Alps in the Vienna Basin. The earliest settlement, at the location of today’s inner city, was south of the meandering Danube while the city now spans both sides of the river.
What to see in Vienna?
Schloss Schönbrunn, has more than 1400 rooms, which is why it is called Mini Versailles. Also, visitors are attracted to a huge park with gardens surrounding it. Apart from the castle itself, visitors are attracted to a huge park with gardens surrounding it. Schönbrunn is pretty amazing when the numerous fountains are filled with water and the flowers are in full bloom. Especially in the summer it is amazing. In June, between the castle and the Gloriette, every summer is held a summer concert of the Vienna Philharmonic. It is free but you have to arrive earlier to catch a good place.
Between Schönbrunn and Gloriette, there is a labyrinth (Irrgarten), where you can have a great time, trying to find a way out.
Church of St. Peter, is located on Petersplatz. The church has been there since the 4th century and it was the first church in Vienna! It is one of the most beautiful Viennese baroque churchs. Although the church carries the name of St. Petra is also dedicated to the Holy Trinity, so there are many works of art in the interior that show it. The interior is very beautiful. Many architects have been involved in his design.
The Belvedere Castle is one of the most beautiful Viennese sights. Actually, there are two palaces – Upper and Lower Belvedere. They were built in baroque style.The first was built Lower Belvedere, and the construction lasted for only four years. While the exterior is relatively modest, this palace is hidden in the interior, where there are several really interesting rooms. One year after the completion of the Lower Palace, the construction of Upper Belvedere started. Unlike the older building that was used for housing, this palace was used to show and host different events organized by Prince Eugene. What makes the whole complex better are the gardens that connect the palaces, which are amazing.
Hofburg is a huge complex. A imperial palace created from the 13th to the 20th century. Today, it is the permanent residency of the Austrian president. The pearl of the Hofburg is the Schatzkammer, the most important world treasury in which the Emperor’s crown of the Holy Roman Empire is preserved, for more than a thousand years.
The Hundertwasser House. Hundertwasser is one of the Vienna symbols. His most famous achievement in Vienna is the residential complex in the Landstraße district.It is recognizable by the colorful facade, but also by the multitude of greenery on it. One of the important characteristics is the colorful mosaics, everywhere – in front of and around the building. There are two more mini-sights in the complex of the complex itself. The first fountain, also with mosaic elements. The second is a phone booth, and it is a model from London.
Many will say that the most beautiful church in Vienna is Karlskirche. The impressive church was completed in 1739 and is recognizable by the large dome and two columns in front of the entrance. The latter are one of the elements that Karlskirche associated on antiquity, in this case with Trajan’s column in Rome.
Stephansdom, the cathedral of St. Stjepan is located in the city center. It is the seat of the Viennese bishop.In the Cathedral there are 23 bells, the most heavy is the st. Maria bell, of 20 tons. It is the hardest in Austria and the second in Europe, after that in Cologne. Built in Gothic style, it is recognizable on its roof with more than 200 thousand tiles, featuring historic Austrian coats of arms.
One of the most beautiful squares in Vienna is the square of Mary Theresa. It is recognizable by two famous city-museum twins (The Natural History Museum (NHM) and the Museum of Art History (KHM) – which are almost identical). Mary Theresa Square is located next to the Ring, between Neue Burga and the Museum Quarter. The square, except for two museums, is famous for the great monument to Mary Teresa in the middle of the square and the surrounding gardens.
The Butterfly House in Vienna. In one of the most beautiful secession glass buildings in Vienna, its place has found an interesting attraction – the Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus).
DO YOU WANT TO VISIT MUSEUMS IN VIENNA?
Albertina Museum, their graphic collection is one of the largest in the world. It was named after Duke Kazimir Alberta, who filled his collection of graphics between 1770 and 1822. By the time of his death in 1822 he collected 14,000 drawings and 200,000 graphics, which today make up the foundation of the Albertini fundus.
Museum of Art History, many people known by the original name the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Its central building is a favorite destination of art lovers and KHM is among the best museums in the world.
The Vienna Natural History Museum (NHM) . It is one of the best museums of its kind in the world. But despite the very popular Art History Museum, it often remains in its shadow and does not attract so many visitors. The collection encompasses incredible 30 million exhibits.
Do you want to escape the urban crowd?
Find your place in one of the numerous parks
Vienna is famous for its beautiful parks and it is difficult to choose the most beautiful among them.
One of them is Volksgarden. Volksgarten is located right in the center of the city, in the triangle between three important sights – Heldenplatz, Parliament and Burgtheater. It is one of two imperial gardens – the other is Burggarten.
Burggarten is one of the most interesting gardens. Visitor mostly like the Statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the monument with a large flower carpet in the form of a violin key in front of the statue.
The most famous ones, such as Volks or Burggarten, are often full of people. The Swiss garden is a good alternative if you are looking for more peace. It is between the castle of Belvedere and Arsenal.
Night life in Vienna
Vienna is a city of high culture – classical music, theaters and opera. But Vienna offers a lot of opportunities and for those who prefer modern music and entertainment.
Vienna offers a lot of clubs and bars, on every corner you will find a place for you.
It is good to know that in general the rule is, you don’t pay the entrance to the bars, but, for better and more familiar clubs you have to pay between 6 and 12 euros. Also, you should know that the entrance is usually cheaper until about midnight.
Do you like shopping?
Vienna has something for everyone. It has a really good offer of shops.
Mariahilferstraße is the longest shopping street in Vienna. Usually it is divided into two parts – the inner (Innere Mariahilferstraße) and the outer (Äußere Mariahilferstraße). The choice of shops is really huge. The most luxurious boutiques are located in the very center, near the cathedral, approximately in the area of the narrow streets Kohlmarkt, Graben and Kärtner Straße.
What to eat in Vienna?
For sure you have heard about the Vienna bean, apple strudel or Sacher cake. The city certainly deserves the epithet of one of the best places in Europe to enjoy a variety of food. If you like traditional Viennese or Austrian cuisine, or you like more Mediterranean dishes or would you prefer Japanese delicacies? In Vienna you will really easy find all that.
Vienna is for sure worth visiting. It offers so much. Vienna breath with art and history. If you just want to see something special and simple at the same time, Vienna is the right city for you. Enjoy the breathtaking buildings and the colorful parks. Have fun and relax.
As usual at the end, here are 10 sentences for communication:
- Hello, My name is.. – Hallo, Mein name ist..
- I come from.. – Ich komme aus..
- Could you tell me where is the.. ? – Könnten Sie mir sagen, wo ist die..?
- I would like to order. – Ich würde gerne bestellen.
- How are you? – Wie geht es dir?
- Thank you – Danke
- You’re welcome – Bitte
- Goodbye – Auf Wiedersehen
- How much is this? – Wie viel kostet das?
- I would like to pay – Ich möchte gerne bezahlen