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  • 1 Ethnography Museum Interesting

    Museums and art


    The wealth of items exhibited in the Ethnography Museum are from Africa, the Far East, Polynesia and Pre-colombian America. Austria never had a colonial empire but these collections reflect the universal curiosity of the Habsburgs as collectors. The ..

  • 2 Maria am Gestade Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Salvatorgasse 12

    Although Maria am Gestade, Our Lady of the Waterside (or of the Steps as it is commonly called) was built in the middle of the 12C, its high, narrow flamboyant façade and fine, openwork steeple are in Gothic style, dating from the late Middle Ages (1..

  • 3 Vienna Jewish Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Dorotheergasse 11

    The Jewish Museum is housed in the Baroque style Eskeles Palace. It has an impressive holographic display, documentation and religious objects commemorating Vienna's Jewish community, which made a brilliant contribution to the city's history and infl..

  • 4 Burgtheater Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 2

    The Court Theatre was founded by Maria Theresa in 1741 and became a veritable national theatre, the Burgtheater, in the reign of Josef II and has been one of Vienna's great cultural institutions ever since. In 1888, it moved into the current building..

  • 5 Parliament Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3

    The Parliament with its rigorous classical lines bears a close resemblance to a Greek temple. Even more evocative is the Pallas-Athene-Brunnen, the fountain of Pallas Athena, standing in front of the immense building as a homage to Athens, the city w..

  • 6 Volksgarten Interesting

    Nature and gardens


    The Volksgarten was laid out on the site of the fortifications blown up by Napoleon during the French occupation in 1809. It was the city's first public park. It is an ideal spot for a break between two museums and offers extensive views of the build..

  • 7 Natural History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Burgring 7

    Many of the exhibits in the Natural History Museum were part of Emperor Franz-Josef's collection. The Mineralogy section has some remarkable objects such as the bouquet of precious stones, a gift from Maria Theresa to her husband. However, it is the ..

  • 8 Cathedral Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Stephansplatz 6

    Occupying the Palace of the Abbots of Zwettli, the Dommuseum was founded in 1933. With its extensive painting and sculpture collections, including fine Renaissance works such as Cranach the Elder's Ecce Homo (1537), it makes for a perfect end to the ..

  • 9 Church of St Peter Interesting

    Religious buildings


    Despite the restricted space available on the small square, Lukas von Hildebrandt created a building with an impression of grandeur, Peterskirche or the Church of St Peter (1702-1733). The sumptuous interior decoration, one of the finest in the city,..

  • 10 Graben Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    More of a precinct than a street, Graben is one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares in Vienna, lined with shops selling articles made in Vienna and cafés and restaurants whose terraces extend across the street echoing to the music and song of str..

  • 11 House of Mozart Interesting

    Museums and art

    Domgasse 5

    Among the various places where Mozart lived in Vienna, it was here that he spent a relatively happy period of his life. In 1786, he composed The Marriage of Figaro in this house. The opera, inspired by a play by Beaumarchais (banned at the time), had..

  • 12 Sigmund Freud Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Berggasse 19

    Berggasse 19 has become a place of pilgrimage for psychoanalysis enthusiasts. Freud lived here for most of his life, from 1891 to 1938 until he was forced to flee from Nazi persecution to London. This is where he developed the theory that changed our..

  • 13 Josephinum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Währinger Str. 25

    Founded by Emperor Josef II in the late 18C, the former Academy of Surgery and Medicine is home to the Museum des Institutes für Geschichte der Medizin, the Museum of the History of Medicine. It would probably be rather insignificant, were it not for..

  • Housed in the stables of the Lower Belvedere and several rooms of the Upper Belvedere, this collection comprises religious art of the Middle Ages, principally from the Schools of Vienna, Lower Austria and Styria (late 14C to early 16C). It includes a..

  • 15 Schwarzenbergplatz Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    In the centre of the vast Schwarzenberg Square stands the equestrian statue of Prince Schwarzenberg who defeated Napoleon at Leipzig in 1813 (the French Embassy is practically opposite!) and another memorial, the Russen-Denkmal, renamed «the unknown ..

  • 16 Museum of Military History Interesting

    Museums and art

    Arsenalstr. Objekt 1

    The Museum of Military History is located in the heart of the Arsenal, the Babylonian barracks built after the 1848 Revolution. The museum is a curious mixture of Gothic and Byzantine/Moorish «Neo» style that was to be popular on the Ring. The highli..

  • 17 Hundertwasserhaus Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kegelgasse 36-38

    Curved lines, original materials and onion-shaped domes, this euphoric building (in no way a dream) was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser who expressed in its architecture his ideal of harmony between man and his environment, that housing shoul..

  • 18 KunstHausWien Interesting

    Museums and art

    Untere Weissgerberstr. 13

    This astonishing museum, with its brightly coloured façade and trees sticking out of the windows, was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, artist, painter and engraver known for his colourful, utopian visions - and his works occupy two storeys of..

  • 19 UNO-City Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Austria's neutral status, requested by the Allies in the 1955 State Treaty, and its location close to the East/West borders during the «Cold War» have fostered the establishment in Vienna of several UN organisations, including the International Atomi..

  • 20 Danube Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens


    Next to UNO-City is the Danube park with its lake, the Irisee, and, in particular, the Donauturm, Vienna's tallest building, 252m high. The panoramic view terrace, at the 165m level, and the two restaurants, revolve slowly. The view over Vienna and i..

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