Vienna is the capital of Austria and the most important tourist hub for the international travelers who come to Austria. A tour to Vienna is all about beautiful landscapes, wandering world famous markets and walk in the footsteps of history. Due to its rich cultural heritage and wide range of monuments, it has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lying on the banks of Danube river, Vienna is a perfect paradise for the connoisseurs of art, music and architecture. Vienna also marks its presence on the world scenario as one of the headquarters of UNO. Traveling in Vienna is a world class experience which cannot be felt anywhere else in the world.
The thriving metropolis of Austria is also known as cultural capital of Europe due to its splendid architecture, majestic churches, aristocratic mansions and Gothic style coffee houses. This is not all one can get in Vienna. So, come and explore the exciting world of Vienna to rejuvenate yourself.
Facts and Figures
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Austrian capital Vienna hosts an array of tourist attractions. Prominent among these are as follows:
» Palaces and Monuments
¤ Schloss Schoenbrunn (Schoenbrunn Palace)
Visitors can pay a visit to the emperors residence at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna's most lively example of magnificent baroque architecture. It stands as a milestone of Viennese history. Beautifully located and enriched with splendid layout of gardens this palace is a worth seeing attraction of Vienna. Here one can see the rooms where Maria Theresia and Kaiser Franz Joseph lived and worked.
¤ Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Once Imperial Palace served as residence of powerful Hapsburg emperors. It now owes the honor of being the office of Austrian president, an international convention center and home to several museums.
¤ Schloss Belvedere (Belvedere Palace)
Schloss Belvedere is one of the best examples of glorious past of Vienna consisting of two separate buildings. One is at the foot of a hill called museum of medieval Austrian art and other is on top known as Austrian gallery, overlooking the city. It is famous as the former residency of the prince of Savoy.
¤ Spanish Riding School
For more than 400 years Spanish riding school has been serving the riders and horses to train them and preserving the conventional methods of horse riding. Visitors can have a look of extraordinary performance of horses trained by famous equestrians.
» Vienna Museums
Vienna museums are the foremost asset of its cultural heritage. One can experience exquisite paintings and feel the real beauty of mind and soul at the museums of Vienna.
¤ The Sigmund Freud Museum
The museum is located in the building where Freud worked and lived with his family for almost 50 years. Personal possessions, the original furniture of the waiting room, part of Freuds antique collection are the significant features of the museum. It also bears the honor to be largest psycho-analysis library in Europe.
¤ The Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum)
Early stone Age exhibits is the specialty of the Natural History Museum, one of the world's great museums. Coin and medal collection and collections of early Stone Age exhibits are other cardinal features of the museum. A Stone-Age body called "Venus of Willendorf," is the striking feature of the museum.
¤ Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts)
An excellent collection of Egyptian, Greek,and Roman art flourishes here. Coin and medal collection is another cardinal feature of the museum. Priceless objects collected for the Habsburg emperors are open for the visitors. The museum is a golden collection of Viennese historical journey. The visitors find it difficult to see the whole museum in a single day visit.
¤ The Imperial Furniture Collection(Vienna Furniture Museum)
The museum is famous for largest collection of furniture worldwide. Located just near the Mariahilfer Strasse it provides the opportunity to shop and visit the museum simultaneously. It has a wide variety of traditional furniture used by many famous Austrian emperors. Time to time, special exhibitions on furniture design and photography are organized here.
¤ State Opera House (Staatsoper)
Built in 1861-1869 it is one of the fascinating buildings of Vienna and an excellent example of Viennese art.
¤ Clock Museum
Clock museum of Vienna boasts of the huge collection of clocks from all over the world.
» Vienna Parks and Gardens
Vienna possesses an abundance of lush green parks which offer the visitors coming to Vienna wonderful experience of enjoying the beauty of mother nature. Some of the best one's are as follows
¤ Alpine Gardens
Build in 1803, it bears the honor of being Europe's first alpine garden consisting a rich and diverse flora more than 40,000 in number.
Visitors can explore a weird environment here enriched with freshness and greenery. It is also known as city park.
Build in 1863, Rathauspark is now known for its highly varied selection of woody plants.
It is the principal park of Vienna. Riesenrad, a ferris wheel is its peculiar feature.
Cardinal features of this park are Theseus temple, the Grillparzer monument and a marble monument of the enthroned Empress Elisabeth.
One can enjoy the variety of tropical butterflies flourishing in the park's butterflies house which was built in 1901. Other interesting features are monuments of Mozart,Goethe and Emperor Franz Joseph.
Shopping in Vienna is an exotic experience catering shoppers from all over the world. Art lovers and people interested in culture and architecture will definitely fall in love with Vienna. They will also find a bizarre of fashion accessories and elegant outfits to take away. From traditional European stuff to ultra modern international brands,Vienna has something to assuage everyones palate. So make a visit to Vienna and have true elegant European shopping experience.
» Malls and Departmental stores
Have a glimpse of some of the acclaimed shopping centers of the thriving metropolis:
One can catch some classy outfits and fashion accessories. One can also enjoy cinema with coffee houses and eateries.
One of Viennas biggest shopping malls worth for shopping are some big names like Nike, Swarovski and Yves Rocher.
¤ Mariahilfer Strasse
Viennas most famous and biggest shopping center, has a number of value-for-money fashion chains which offer fashionable jewelry and accessories to shoppers.
It is widely known for its distinct Turkish and oriental taste. People interested in ethnic stuffs can get some aesthetic crafts, delightful array of fruits and vegetable stalls as well as range of eateries with luscious food stuffs.
Largest among Viennas outdoor market it represents hue of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try out some local bargain. One can get best of seasonal stuffs and feel the cultural diversity of Vienna while roaming around in the market.
¤ Mariahilfer Strasse
It is one of Viennas most trendy shopping mall between the center of the city and Westbahnhof offering some exclusive fashion accessories and antique jeweleries.
Hotels and Accommodation
Hotels in Vienna are equipped with modern facilities and all the amenities required for customer satisfaction. The hotels are luxurious paradise for the travelers coming to Vienna from all over the world where they can experience homelike comfort in an unexplored city.