9 Reasons to Visit Vienna the City of European Culture

Updated: Sep 18, 2021

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Vienna, a city with many varieties of Art, History, Classical Music, Charm, Elegance and Romatism. It's also known as the melting pot of the European Culture. The capital of Austria is giving the most to its visitors and welcomes them with 2 million inhabitants. Every tourist which is traveling across Europe has a stop in this beautiful Imperial City. It is a city of romanticism which is coming from the Imperial time. You will be amazed while wandering along the well structured medieval style, narrow streets and by crossing the imperial squares. The Love Story of Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef has its traces every where especially seen when passing and visiting Schönbrunn Palace and the Imperial Hofburg Palace.

Music, Art and Culture has been inspired by the Monarches and its natural beauty coming from the Alps, the Vienna Woods and Danube River. Vienna is one of the Pearl's of the Danube River like, Regensburg and Passau (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary) Belgrad (Serbia) and Ruse (Bulgaria).

Vienna is a center of Music since centuries, it's the home of famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johan Strauss. The "Wiener Philharmoniker" is one of the world's best orchestras which is supported the Vienna Conservatorium.

Cultural attractions are always on the top level in this city. There is no matter when you are visiting and how long you stay in Vienna, you will always find a cultural event. Whether it is a festival, classical opera, concerts and exhibitions.

9 must visit places in Vienna

1. Schönbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, was used as summer residence of the imperial family which presenting Europe's most impressive Baroque style palace complex. During the Habsburgs Reign the wife of Emperor Ferdinand II had a summer residence, built in 1642, here which she called "Schönbrunn" (beuatiful fontain). The palace and garden complex was redesigned, after the Turkish Ottoman occupation, by Maria Theresia (1740-1780). The Habsburgs resided here for the most of the year with almost all family member because the palace has countless chambers that a large imperial family needed .

2. Hofburg Imperial Palace

Hofburg Emperial Palace

The Great Habsburg Empire was ruled for more than seven centuries from the Imperial Palace, Hofburg. Beginning as a Castle in the thirteenth century, Hofburg was extended to a Palace with marvelous residences by the monarchy. The palace was used until 1918, as the center of the Habsburg Empire. Hofburg is like a city in a city with its 2600 rooms, 18 wings and 19 courtyards it is situated on 240.000 sqm. Today, it is hosting numerous museums, the Spanish Riding School, a congress center, and the historic Heldenplatz. In addition, it houses the office of the President of Austria.

3. Belvedere

Belvedere Palace Vienna

Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) the Austrian General, had Belvedere garden palace built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as his summer residence in the early eighteenth century. Belvedere, consist of upper and lower palaces and a garden which is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the complex is used as a Museum which exposes the greatest collection of Austrian and international artist such as, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.

4. St.Charles Church (Karlskirche)

St. Charles' Church called as Karlskirche in german language is the last work of the baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach which finished in 1739 by his son Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach. In the early 18th century Central Europe faced a plague epidemic. As a result, a vow taken by Emperor Charles VI, the church was built dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo (St. Carlo Borromeo) who was worshipped for attending to Milanese plague victims in the 16th century.

5. Albertina

Albertina in Vienna

The Albertina is an other Museum like Belvedere which has the largest and most valuable collections in the world, with works from artist such as Albrect Dürer, Rapahel and Pieter Brugel. The latest exhibition collection presents masterpieces of Monet to Pablo Picasso and Georg Baselitz. As the largest Habsburg residential palace, the Albertina dominates the southern art of the Imperial Palace on one of the last remaining fortress walls in Vienna.

6. Votive Church

Votive Church

The construction on the second-tallest, two tower neo-Gothic church in Vienna began in 1856 as a symbol of gratitude for an unsuccessful assassination attempt by Hungarian nationalist Janos Libenyi on Emperor Franz Joseph.

As the assassination attempt failed and the emperor survived. The brother of the Majesty, Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, launched a campaign to build a new church on the site of the attack. Funds for construction were solicited from all over the Empire.

The church was consecrated in 1879 on the occasion of the imperial couple's silver wedding.

7. Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding school Vienna

The Spanish Riding School, which is a part of Hofburg, was designed by Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach built between 1729-1735. The school is home of the famous Lipizzaner Stallions which are together trained with the riders to dance and move with the rhythm of the music.

The complex is the only institution in the world where the classic equestrian skills with horses is still practiced in its original form. The visitors experience a spectacle by the precision of movement of the Lipizzan Horses in perfect harmony with baroque music in the ballroom of Hofburg.

8. Vienna State Opera

Opera House of Vienna (Wiener Staatsoper) is one of the leading opera houses in the world. The baroque style made house presents continuously comprehensive varied performances and events. Each season, the with a new schedule, around 300 performances of more than 50 different operas and ballets are performed on the stages. Every night, you can witness world-class spectacles from permanent members on the stage of local and international artists. The orchestra of the house, whose members are at the same time the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members, are giving first-class performance.

9. Ringstrasse

Ringstrasse Vienna

The Ringstrasse (Ring Boulevard) is one of the most beautiful boulevards in the world. While enjoying the walk along the street, Vienna's best-known sights can be seen at a glance with a panoramic view, such as the Imperial Palace, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Natural History Museum, the Vienna State Opera and Parliament. Astonishing palaces, parks and important monuments are forming a harmony with the bank of the Danube River.

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