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  • 1 Mausoleum Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 . Burggasse A - 8011 Graz

    The magnificent Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II is undoubtedly Graz's most unusual building. It gracefully combines Mannerist Austrian Baroque with the theatrical splendour of Rome's great churches. The initial work of the Italian Pietro de Pomis w..

  • 2 Palais Attems Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    17 . Sackstr. A - 8011 Graz

    Opposite the Town Museum, this is undoubtedly the city's finest Baroque palace. Note the profuse decoration of its façades in detail, with pilasters, mouldings, curvilinear window pediments and fire pots. It was built by Count von Attems, from 1702 t..

  • 3 Eiserner Brunnen Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    . Koloman-Wallisch Platz A - 8600 Bruck-an-der-Mur

    The wrought-iron well made by local craftsman Hans Prasser in 1626 is considered to be the finest example of this art in Styria. The forged section, on a stone base, particularly the canopy with delightful Renaissance motifs, was produced in an outst..

  • 4 Admont Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    . A - 8911 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..

  • 5 Basilica Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Benedictusplatz 1 A - 8630 Mariazell

    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, ..

  • 6 Eggenberg Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Eggenberger Allee 90 A - 8010 Eggenberg

    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..

  • 7 Pfänder Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    4 . Steinbruchgasse A - 6900 Bregenz

    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..

  • 8 The Hofburg : Albertina Graphic Arts Collection Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Albertinaplatz 1 A - 1010 Wien

    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..

  • 10 The Hofburg: Armoury Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    A - 1010 Wien

    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..

  • 11 Ephesos Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    A - 1010 Wien

    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..

  • 12 Church of the Capuchins Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    A - 1010 Wien

    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 139 members of the Imperial family of the Habsburgs are buried here, including 12 emperors and 17 empr..

  • 13 Ring Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A - 1010 Wien

    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..

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

    Museums and art

    Schillerplatz 3 A - 1010 Wien

    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..

  • 15 State Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Opernring A - 1040 Wien

    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..

  • 16 Stephansplatz Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A - 1010 Wien

    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..

  • 17 Belvedere Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A - 1030 Wien

    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..

  • 18 Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Prinz-Eugen Str. 27 A - 1030 Wien

    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 Cl..

  • 19 Döbling Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A - 1190 Wien

    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..

  • 20 Secessionsgebäude Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Friedrichstr. 12 A - 1040 Wien

    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..

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