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  • 1 Admont Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Benediktinerstift Admont

    The Benedictine Admont Abbey has been one of Christendom's great cultural centres since its foundation in the 11C. It remains so today, with a library that boasts some 1 400 manuscripts and 150 000 volumes. It is a splendid Rococo building, worthy of..

  • 2 Basilica Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Benedictusplatz 1

    If the façade, where a Gothic porch-belfry is flanked by two onion-capped Baroque towers, surprises visitors to the popular pilgrimage church of Mariazell, then they will be amazed by the dazzling interior. Apart from the glittering Chapel of Mercy, ..

  • 3 Eggenberg Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Eggenberger Allee 90

    Built for Johann Ulrich Eggenberg between 1625 and 1635 on the site of a medieval castle, this building's uniqueness lies in its Universe-inspired allegorical design: 4 towers represent the compass points, it has 365 windows and 24 state rooms, the P..

  • 4 Pfänder Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Steinbruchgasse 4

    This summit overlooking Bregenz offers an impressive view of part of the Alpine range and leads to the entrance of the Alpenwildpark. There, visitors can discover the great wildlife of the region, via a circuit of about 30 mn which crosses through la..

  • 5 The Hofburg : Albertina Graphic Arts Collection Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Albertinaplatz 1

    With over 1 million engravings and 60 000 drawings and watercolours, the Albertina Graphic Arts Collection is undoubtedly one of the largest in the world. Housed in the former Tarouca family palace since 1795, it owes its name to its founder, Duke Al..

  • Already virtually complete in the 16C, this collection in the imperial palace accords antique musical instruments the status of artworks, giving them a unique historical context. Among the rarest pieces are a rebec (Venice, 15C), a harpsichord (Venic..

  • 7 The Hofburg: Armoury Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Heldenplatz - Neue Burg

    This rich collection of arms and armour was begun in the early 15C by the Archdukes Ernest of Styria (1377-1424) and Ferdinand of Tyrol (1527-1595), and capped by the inclusion of the Imperial Court's arms in 1806. The ingenious filigree decoration o..

  • 8 Ephesos Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art


    Since 1895, teams of Austrian archeologists have been excavating the site of Ephesos in Asia Minor, one of the most important ancient cities. Their finds are impressive. The Parthian monument frieze and the Ephesian Athlete, are the two major works i..

  • 9 Church of the Capuchins Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Neuer Markt

    Glancing at the discreet façade of the Kapuzinerkirche, the Church of the Capuchins on Neuer Markt, you would not think that the embalmed bodies of 138 members of the Imperial family of the Habsburgs are buried here, including 12 emperors and 17 empr..

  • 10 The Ring Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Leaving the narrow streets of the Old town, the appearance of Vienna changes radically as you reach the Ring, the ring of boulevards around the city. The city's old fortifications became the site of the most extensive urban development programme ever..

  • 11 Art Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Schillerplatz 3

    The neo-Renaissance façade of the Academy of Fine Arts stands slightly back from the ring on the Schillerplatz. This little-known museum, with its succession of unattractive rooms, contains some veritable masterpieces. The Renaissance period is parti..

  • 12 State Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Inaugurated in 1869, the fine Renaissance façade of the Staatsoper (State Opera House) proudly overlooks the Ring. Of worldwide renown, the greatest conductors and international stars, past and present, have or will pass through its portals. It is st..

  • 13 St Stephen's Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The small Stephansplatz or St Stephen's Square forms a contrast with the proportions of the cathedral whose arches are now reflected in the glass walls of the modern Haas-Haus. The two main pedestrian thoroughfares of the old town converge in the squ..

  • 14 Belvedere Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rennweg 6

    Vienna owes Belvedere not to an Emperor but a general, Eugène of Savoy, one of the most inspired of the time. Returning to more princely activities after his victorious campaigns against the Turks and Louis XIV, he commissioned the finest Baroque ens..

  • 15 Museum of Austrian Baroque Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Prinz-Eugen Str. 27

    Prince Eugène's apartments provide a rich setting for the Museum of Baroque Art. The works are classified by theme giving visitors an idea of the spirit and taste of 18C painting and sculpture. Three sections are of particular interest: the Marble Ha..

  • 16 Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Prinz-Eugen Str. 27

    The collections of the Gallery of 19 and 20C Art are in the Upper Belvedere. On the first floor the collections range from the « Historicist, Realist and Impressionist» movements to « Art of the early years of the 20C». The second floor contains the ..

  • 17 Grinzing / Heiligenstadt District Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    To the north of Vienna lie the lower slopes of the Viennese Forest which meet the Danube here. The Döbling district is composed of old wine-growing villages such as Grinzing. There is a lower urbanised sector and an upper residential quarter reaching..

  • 18 Secessionsgebäude Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Friedrichstr. 12

    When the Secession Pavilion was built by Josef Maria Olbrich in 1898, it represented a brutal intrusion of avant-garde into the blue sky of triumphant historicism. This enormous white cube with a dome composed of 3,000 golden laurel leaves was percei..

  • 19 Steinhof Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Baumgartner Höhe 1

    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..

  • 20 Ferris Wheel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    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..

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