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Seven Things To Do In Vienna

Updated on January 23, 2017

1. Historic Centre of Vienna

Beautiful architecture fills the historic center of Vienna. The buildings and monuments of Vienna are so regal and magnificent.

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2. Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most predominant architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the Austria. It has been an important tourist site since the mid-1950s. The history of the palace and its expansive gardens goes back 300 years, embodying the reforming interests, tastes and aspirations of successive Hapsburg monarchs.

Schoenbrunn Palace

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3. Kunsthistorisches Museum

Austria's largest art museum is housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße. The buildings were built between 1871 and 1891 and were commissioned by the Emperor as shelter for the Hapsburgs' incredible art collection. The general public could then view these art collections. The inside of the museum is decorated lavishly with paintings, gold-leaf, marble and stucco ornamentations.

Notable works in the picture gallery include:

  • Jan van Eyck: Portrait of Cardinal Niccolò Albergati (c. 1431)
  • Albrecht Dürer: Adoration of the Trinity (1511)
  • Tintoretto: Susanna and the Elders (1555–56)
  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo: Summer (1563)
  • Antonello da Messina: San Cassiano Altarpiece (1475–1476)
  • Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio:
    • Madonna of the Rosary (1606/07)
    • The Crowning with Thorns
    • David with the Head of Goliath
  • Peter Paul Rubens:
    • Ildefonso Altar (1630–32)
    • The Fur (1638)

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4. Schonbrunner Gardens

Take a walk through fantasy land in Austria featuring the era of nobility. Ride a mini-train around the lawns and attractions. Hop on and off at nine stops to see top attractions such as the Gloriette viewpoint, Obelisk Fountain and Schönbrunn Zoo. It is a very nice place to walk around and take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Schonbrunner Gardens
Schonbrunner Gardens | Source

5. Belvedere Palace Museum

History buffs and art and architecture lovers will enjoy roaming around the museum in Belvedere, Vienna. The Austrian National Gallery is housed here. Additionally, the world's largest Gustav Klimt collection is stored at the Belvedere Palace Museum.

Belvedere Palace Museum
Belvedere Palace Museum | Source

6. Stephansplatz

If you want to see the inner city of Vienna, it would be nice to see Stephansplatz. This is a square in the geographic center of Vienna.

Stephansplatz
Stephansplatz | Source

7. Imperial Treasury of Vienna

The Imperial Treasury features two collections: the secular collection and the ecclesiastical collection. It has treasures that cover a thousand years of European history.

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      Cedric Yong 4 months ago from Singapore

      Kunsthistorisches is a definitely must-go. For all those Bruegels.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 months ago

      Thanks for the advice. It would be so wonderful to visit these places.

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