Vienna is a City rich in history, where you can see magnificent Habsburg imperial palaces, splendid churches and wonderful works of art.
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Among the many places to visit in the City are the following:
The Schonbrunn Palace
This stunning Palace was the summer residence of the Habsburgs and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visitors can marvel at the Baroque architecture and outstanding gardens. You can have a tour around this former Imperial Palace and see the impressive rooms with rich decor and splendid features, such as the Great Gallery with ceiling frescoes and gold and white plasterwork, and the Hall of Ceremonies with huge paintings including a portrait of Empress Maria Theresa. The Park is also impressive and includes the Great Parterre with fine sculptures, and beautiful fountains along with a maze and orangerie.
The Hofburg Palace
This Palace is a splendid building and former Habsburg residence, and is now home to the Federal President’s offices. Here visitors can see the Imperial Apartments where Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth lived, with grand furnishings and decoration. You can also see the Sisi Museum where you can learn all about Empress Elisabeth, with fascinating displays showing exhibits including personal belongings, and in the Imperial Silver collection are huge and stunning centrepieces and dining services that were used in imperial banquets.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum
This art museum is situated in a splendid 19th century domed building and was opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I, with interiors featuring elegant plasterwork and marble, and exhibits include significant collections from the Habsburgs. Among the fine art are works by artists such as Vermeer, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Velazquez, and the Greek and Roman Antiquities collection includes vases, cameos and sculptures. The Museum also houses fascinating ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern artefacts including sarcophagi, coffins, figures and costumes. You can also see a large collection of historic armoury and weapons as well as musical instruments such as clavichords and fortepianos.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
You can see this outstanding medieval Cathedral in Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with its distinctive colourful tiled roof and huge south tower. Inside visitors can see the 17th century Baroque High Altar and fine statues, and there are a number of beautiful chapels. Among the tombs in the Cathedral are those of Emperor Frederick III which has many intricately carved statues.
This is the National History Museum where, in the grand 19th century building, you can see varied and fascinating natural exhibits which include dinosaur skeletons such as a diplodocus and a huge collection of meteorites including the Mars Tissint meteorite. Other exhibits include precious stones and stuffed extinct animals, and there is also a digital Planetarium where visitors can see impressive virtual displays of the Milky Way.
You can visit this historic ferris wheel built in the late 19th century and a popular attraction in Vienna. The wheel is nearly 65m tall and was built in celebration of Emperor Franz Josef I’s Golden Jubilee, and is located in the Wurstelprater Amusement Park in the City, and you can enjoy wonderful views across the area from the top.
This is a large park in the City where you can go to enjoy open green space, water meadows and woodlands and includes the lovely main avenue lined with trees which is popular with walkers, cyclists and skaters. There are also great attractions in the Park which include the Wurstelprater Amusement Park, a narrow gauge railway and Madame Tussauds where you can see a varied range of fascinating wax figures including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mahatma Gandhi, Falco and Johnny Depp.
St. Charles’s Church
This magnificent 18th century domed Church built in Baroque style was commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI for Charles Borromeo, his patron saint. The renowned architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach designed the Church and when he died the Church was completed by his son, Joseph Emanuel. Visitors can marvel at the architectural features such as the classical style facade and sculptures. The interior of the Church is impressive with frescoes in the dome and chapels, along with beautiful altar paintings.
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