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  • 1 Steinhof Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Baumgartner Höhe 1 A - 1140 Wien

    The Church of St Leopold was built by Otto Wagner between 1904 and 1907 as part of a psychiatric complex, its large green copper dome standing proudly atop the hillside where the hospital is situated. Otto Wagner used the same kind of marble cladding..

  • 2 Ferris Wheel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hauptallee A - 1020 Wien

    Inaugurated in 1897, the Ferris Wheel has become one of the symbols of Vienna. Standing at nearly 65m high and turning at a rate of one full rotation every 20min, it affords excellent views. This is, of course, if you are not made too nervous by memo..

  • 3 Schönbrun Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47 A - 1130 Wien

    Designed by Jean Tréhet in around 1691, in the classical French style, Schönbrunn Park opens onto a vast perspective which, after Neptune's fountain, leads to the Gloriette whose arcaded gallery stands out on the skyline. The park contains various bu..

  • 4 Spanish Riding School Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Josefsplatz A - 1010 Wien

    Founded in the latter part of the 16C, this is one of the world's most famous equestrian establishments. It displays its prowess in the winter riding school (1753), surrounded by two storeys of galleries overlooking the ring in which the Lippizzaners..

  • 5 Liechtenstein Palace and Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Fürstengasse 1 A - 1010 Wien

    Preceded by fine gardens, ths Italian-inspired Baroque building houses the fine private collection of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, comprising some 1 600 works from the Renaissance to Austrian Romanticism, including Lorenzo Monaco's Madonna a..

  • 6 Karlsplatz District Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Karlsplatz A - 1040 Wien

    The prestigious Wieden district lies south of the Innere Stadt (inner part of the city) with St Charles Square between the two districts, not far from the Ring. This is a main junction for the city's underground and tramway lines. It is not only a bu..

  • 7 Church of St Charles Borromeo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Karlsplatz A - 1040 Wien

    The strange juxtaposition of the façade of St Charles Borromeo may seem disconcerting. Apparently the architect, J.B. Fischer von Erlach, had the idea for the church on top of the Pincian hill, in Rome, when looking down on Trajan's column, the porti..

  • 8 Postsparkasse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Georg-Coch Platz 2 A - 1010 Wien

    Although set back from the Ring, the monumental grandeur of the Post Office Savings Bank makes it seem an integral part of it. You will be surprised how modern it seems. Its mottled façade is made of plaques of marble riveted together, with the alumi..

  • 9 Church of the Jesuits Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Dr.-Ignaz-Seipel Platz A - 1010 Wien

    Directly inspired by the Gesù in Rome, the Jesuit church was built from 1614 to 1655 in the early Baroque style. Its sumptuous decor reflects the power of the Jesuits in the 17C who played a part in eliminating all Protestant influence from Austria. ..

  • 10 Schönlaterngasse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Schönlaterngasse A - 1010 Wien

    The winding Lovely Lantern Street gets its name from the wrought iron lantern on the façade of the house at no 6. At no 5, you can visit the Heiligenkreuzerhof. If marriage tempts you in this charming Baroque chapel, don't hesitate, it's the upmarket..

  • 11 Freyung District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Freyung A - 1010 Wien

    Freyung is a large square in the Innerring, or inner city, in the centre of a particularly aristocratic district. By the Middle Ages it had become a residential district for the nobility, hence the name Herrengasse or «Lords' Street». This is why, in..

  • 12 Abbey of the Scots Interesting

    Museums and art

    Freyung 6 A - 1010 Wien

    The abbey houses a museum displaying works from the 15C to the 19C, including pictures by Rubens, some interesting Biedermeier pieces, and the famous altarpiece of the Scots, a Flamboyant Gothic masterpiece from around 1470 which includes depictions ..

  • 13 Museum of Clocks and Watches Interesting

    Museums and art

    Schulhof 2 A - 1010 Wien

    The Museum of Clocks and Watches traces aesthetic and technological advances from the 15C to the present day over three floors. The rich collection takes in every imaginable type of clock and watch, including water clocks and automata. Friar David a ..

  • 14 St Michael's Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Michaelerplatz A - 1010 Wien

    At the far end of the Kohlmarkt, St Michael's Square gives onto the curved façade of St Michael's Wing (or Michaelertrakt) of the Hofburg, dominated by its famous cupola (1888-1893). On the other side, note the Looshaus (1911), built only twenty year..

  • 15 Looshaus Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Michaelerplatz 3 A - 1010 Wien

    It is easy to imagine the outcry caused by the eclectic style of the Looshaus, built in 1911 opposite the Hofburg. The clean lines of its functional modern architecture were particularly offensive to Emperor Franz-Josef who insisted on keeping the cu..

  • 16 Pasqualatihaus Interesting

    Museums and art

    Mölker Bastei 8 A - 1010 Wien

    This late 18C house bears the name of its owner. It houses one of the three Viennese museums devoted to Beethoven. In 1804 and from 1813 to 1815, the composer lived in two rooms on the 4th floor where he composed the opera, Fidelio and several sympho..

  • 17 Michaelertrakt Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Michaelerplatz A - 1010 Wien

    At one end of the Kohlmarkt, on St Michael's Square, Michaelertrakt, the semicircular St Michael's Wing of the Hofburg dates from 1888-1893. Two monumental fountains emphasise the grandeur of the building. The dome covering the roof is one of Vienna'..

  • 18 Josefsplatz Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Josefsplatz A - 1010 Wien

    This well-proportioned square, with an equestrian statue of Josef II in the centre, is one of the finest in Vienna. It resembles a Main Courtyard and is framed on 3 sides by several wings of the Hofburg whose façades were harmonised by Pacassi in the..

  • 19 Heldenplatz Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Heldenplatz. A - 1010 Wien

    The imposing Heldenplatz is flanked on two sides by the Hofburg, followed by Amalia Palace, the Leopold Wing, the Hall of Ceremonies and the Congress Centre, linked to the huge fan-shaped façade of the Neue Burg or New Palace. Another palace was orig..

  • 20 The Hofburg: Austrian National Library Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Josefsplatz 1-2 A - 1010 Wien

    Founded in the 18C by Emperor Karl VI at the height of the Baroque period, the National Library contains several million works. Its gem is the Prunksaal stateroom, a splendid homage to the knowledge contained within the 200 000 ancient books lining i..

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