Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona. Today’s cityscape is characterised by the abundance of Baroque buildings created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia (1740 – 1780) and Franz Joseph (1848 – 1916), who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture round the Ringstraße.
Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
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The spectacular Schönbrunn Palace becomes one of the most attractive buildings in the 18th century. The beautiful Baroque Palace is distinguished by its magnificent architecture and a park-like setting. The vast space inside the Palace contains more than 1 441 rooms and apartments, including those Empress Maria Theresa has lived in.
The Hofburg Palace
Hofburg Palace is the official residence of every Austrian ruler since 1275 and this inevitably makes it one of the most historically significant palaces in Vienna. While walking through the palace, you will admire numerous buildings, reflecting various periods, including architectural flourishes from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and the Rococo movements.
The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape. It houses the Belvedere museum. The grounds include fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates.
St. Stephen's Cathedral
A witness to many important events in Habsburg and Austrian history and one of Vienna’s most recognizable symbols, the Romanesque and Gothic cathedral, seen today in the Stephansplatz stands on the ruins of two earlier churches.
The Prater (The Wurstelprater)
“Adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm at once” – The Prater is a large public park in Vienna. The Wurstelprater, an amusement park that is often simply called “Prater”, lies in one corner of the Wiener Prater and includes the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel.
The Vienna State Opera
The 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival opera house was the first major building on the Vienna Ring Road. It was built from 1861 to 1869. The building is also the home of the Vienna State Ballet, and it hosts the annual Vienna Opera Ball during the carnival season.