Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vienna's 7 top attractions

1. Schönbrunn Palace
In the past, the palace functioned as an imperial summer residence located in the area of suburban forest. Nowadays,  it's Vienna's most popular tourist destination which in 1996 was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Beside the palace of 144 lounges and rooms there is also a huge park with many attractions such as the oldest on the world Zoo, Roman ruins and Glorietta located on the top of a hill.

2. Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
It's one of the most popular Viennese buildings and the most beautiful Gothic monument in Austria. The oldest preserved elements of the Cathedral date from XIII century. From the Cathedral's towers you can admire its impressive mosaic roof and the panorama of Vienna. Don't forget to visit the underground Catacombs where buried were about 11 000 people including Habsburgs, Viennese archbishops and artists such as Johann Hildebrandt and Johann Fischer von Erlach.

3. Hofburg Palace
The entire complex of buildings, squares and gardens of the Hofburg palace covers big area in the city centre. This residence of Austrian emperors was originally a medieval castle which had been gradually extended until 1918Today, the palace functions as the official residence and workplace of the president of Austria. In the other parts of the complex  there is now also an international conference centre, the huge Austrian National Library and the Winterreitschule where you can admire performances of well trained Lipizzan horses from the world-famous Spanish Riding School.

4. Belvedere Palace
Prince Eugene of Savoy defeated Turks in 1683. For the money that he received as a reward, he accomplished one of the most ambitious construction projects taken on by a single person. He put up two magnificent baroque palaces: Lower and Upper Belvedere surrounded by beautiful French-style gardens. 

Why you should visit Belvedere in Vienna?

5. Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Museum was designed in Italian Renaissance and opened in around 1891. The beautiful architecture is a great background for all exhibits it contains which come from Habsburgs, as well as some different collectors and enthusiasts. Time travel trough 7 millennia, from Ancient Egypt to the late 18th century, guaranteed.

6. Karlskirche (St. Charles's Church)
The interesting history of the building starts in 1713 - one year after triumph over the last great plague epidemic when Charles VI pledged to build a church for his namesake patron saint, Charles Borromeo. The baroque church was built in 1715-1737.

7. Hundertwasserhaus
The unique apartment house designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is full of bright colors, uncommon shapes and some trees fully grown on the roof. The author wanted to challenge architecture standards, dullness and boredom as well as to create a space that is more in tune with its natural environment.



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