I grew up dreaming of Empress Sissi. I couldn´t understand how she couldn´t be happy, with these gardens, these landscapes, with a prince at her side. Time has passed and now I understand that happiness has nothing to do with having a garden. If I could freeze a moment it would be that walk which never happened, on the lawn of Shonbrunn where I never went, with rays of sun that shone and the unforgettable day that I can not remember. Review the photos and see the places where they sat, where we walk. From a window, the Empress of Austria looks at us with envy. She is the owner, we the owners of the photos we took. How can you not go to Vienna? Next time, we will dance for real.
Vienna is synonymous with classical music. This building is a must, not only for music fans but for lovers of culture in general. In neoclassical style, it was opened on May 25, 1869. The months before inauguration were full of controversy, because the entrance to the building at ground level didn't have any steps to differentiate the common people from those attending the concerts. During World War II it was destroyed and the only parts left were the entrance with frescoes by Moritz von Schwind, the main stairways, the vestibule and the tea room. After its reconstruction it was reopened on November 5, 1955. During the visit, see the stalls, restrooms, lobby and the stage and the guide explains in detail how changes are made by underground tunnels. You can clearly see the difference in styles between the old building and rebuilt part.
This ferris wheel, built in 1897 is an attraction of Vienna, and not just because it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world from the 20s to 1985 with its 61 meter of height. It was one of the things I liked most in the Austrian capital. When you get on one of the cars, it gives you a full turn quite slowly, since between load and unload passengers can be a 15 minute journey. From this feris wheel you get the best views of the city, because Vienna is a very low city. Besides the wheel, before we get there, there's a museum that tells the story of Vienna Prater and animated models that are inspired by the ancient circuses. A very nice museum and endearing. Admission is € 8.5 and there are plenty of discounts or combined tickets for groups. A little pricey, but we already knew that Vienna is an expensive city.
We visited the city of Vienna at Christmas time. We were only there for two days because we were doing the route between the capitals of neighboring countries, so we only had time to visit this palace. We walked from the Kuntshaus (which also has an entry here in minube) to the Belvedere Palace. It takes about 15min to walk there and nothing nice to photograph along the way; we recommend taking the subway (stop: Südtiroler Platz) or something to save you from making the same mistake as us. They are relatively close together and both are tourist sites, but walking is a waste of time. It turns out that the Palace is divided into two, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, both Baroque. But we were so tired of walking, as I say, in the end we missed the high point. The bottom part of Belvedere is quite nice with its gardens on three levels, and we saw snow everywhere. We should have visited minube beforehand in order to know better!
Hofburg, the winter palace, is the largest palace in the city of Vienna and one in which the Empress Sissi resided. 240,000 square meters and 2,600 rooms make up this amazing residence which does not skimp on details anywhere. It is possible to take a tour inside the castle and learn about the story of Sissi via paintings, personal objects, clothes and photographs. A pass to see everything costs € 23.50 per person. Currently, the President of the Austrian Republic resides there.
Every year at the beginning of the academic year, the Vienna City Hall would send invitations to the Erasmus students, inviting them to the welcome party hosted by the mayor. That was when I had the opportunity to visit the interior of the building, and, specifically, the great hall. The Vienna City Hall has the neo-gothic architectural style of Friedrich von Schmidt and was built between 1872 and 1883. It is located in the first district, situated between the University of Vienna and the Parliament. It is easily accessible by tram or metro (line U2, get off at the Rathaus stop). Opposite the Town Hall there is a park (Rathauspark) and a square (Rathausplatz), where many events usually take place: From the Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt) to a skating rink, or a fanzone which broadcast the Euro 2008 matches.
The flea market in Vienna is a perfect place to get to grips with the city. The fleas, who the market is named after, come from the Middle Ages, these parasites attached themselves to peoples' heads and monkeys were used to remove to fleas for a small price. Currently, being an amazing market the idea of fun is more limited. Prices in Vienna are slightly more expensive than in Spain, but you can be avoid paying as much if you're strategic when going around the large number of stalls. The fish is delicious in Vienna, unlike meat, which isn't advisable if you aren't used to a pork based diet. Yes, here's a chance to try the goulash which is a beef stew. It is an escape from pork but I swear that other than that I was only served pork. It was served with a giant ball of spiced bread dough that will end with the most "obscene".
Located in the emblematic Karlsplatz, in the heart of Vienna, you'll find Karlskirche, one of Vienna's icons. The best way to get there is by metro. Get off at the Karlsplatz top or tram 71. The entry fee to the temple is 6 euros. It was built by Charles the 6th upon the end of the plague in 1713. The two columns flanking the entrance are 33 meters high and decorated with motifs from Saint Charles's life. The visit includes going up to the dome from which you'll have a beautiful panorama of the city.
At night it's lighted until about midnight and it's possible to take some great night photos.
Hundertwasser is one of the main attractions of Vienna as part of their cultural heritage. The complex was built between 1983-1986, you can like it or dislike it but you will not be left indifferent. The building is the work of the artist Hundertwasser, and resembles a giant puzzle, each one is different, windows, floors, colorful and warm, we can remember the colors of caribbean cottages, sinuantes and undulating soils, trees that poke through the windows as they have grown inside the rooms ... In short, a display of originality you should not miss. Faced with these apartments, is the Hundertwasser Village, a sort of mall with souvenir shops and art and the structure follows the same line as Hundertwasser. You can visit the original bathrooms for less than 1 euro, or grab a beer at the bar Mall or just stop and watch people and observe their shocked faces when they visit this original center commercial. On the outside, it's all colors and fantastic shapes that delight tourists ve are unaccustomed to an architecture so special
Right in the center of Vienna, the Parliament stands among other great monumental buildings in this city that fascinated me so much.
From outside, the building is breathtaking. It has a serious air to it, its white marble and shapes attract visitors, making them think of carriages, horses and great people going up the nearby hill toward the main entrance between an interesting curving shape.
A beautiful place.
The center of Vienna is the heart of the city, where you can find the most important historical monuments easily, without having to travel. The grounds of the Imperial Palace and the Opera House, as well as the Albertina or Emperatiz Sissi Museums can be found in this area, known as "The Ring". If you'd rather not walk, you can also take a tram to complete the journey. Why not relax with a slice of traditional cake and a coffee? I recommend the Hotel Soher, serving great coffee and cakes. Even in summer, the temperature isn't too bad, but of course the city is at its most beautiful in cold weather.
Bicycle route around the Austrian Danube from Passau (on the border with Germany) to Vienna. Along the 325 kilometers following the course of the river, it passes through beautiful villages in upper Austria and the Wachau wine growing area, and as the last phase of the journey, the imperial capital of Habsburg.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum was built over a 20-year period, between 1871 and 1891. The filigree ceilings, the stunning materials, and the tasteful decor is really something to see. I kept catching myself staring at the ceiling or the beautiful columns, instead of the artwork in front of me. Here you'll find the Habsburg collections, the most important of which are the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, adorned with huge bundles of papyrus, columns, Egyptian wall decorations, windows and other ornaments. But the collection of Greek and Roman antiquities is also well worth a visit, as is the gallery with works by Brueguel, Vermeer, Sanzio, Tintoretto and many other masters from the 15-19th centuries. And finally, you can finish your visit with a great Viennese coffee and a delicious piece of apple strudel at the cafe beneath the dome, framed by some stunning Gustav Klimt drawings. Unforgettable.
As stated on the plaque in the square, "Mexico was the only country which officially protested before the League of Nations against the violent annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany." And it was for this reason that it was decided to erect the square under the name of Mexikoplatz. It is located on the banks of the Danube at the metro stop of Vorgaten Strase. It's right on the banks of the river, opposite the UN building in Vienna. The square, in itself, is not much to shout about, it´s only about 30 square meters, with its benches and other furnishings, but what is striking about it is the imposing cathedral, a peculiar style that is very reminiscent of those toy Playmobil castles, with rounded towers and almost perfect blocks. You can visit it almost every day, but the highlight is its exterior architecture, which has remained almost intact over time. It looks like it´s just been built. From the bridge which crosses the river, you can take beautiful pictures of the cathedral with the Danube river below. Far from being a tourist spot, it´s quite far from the center, but it´s not a bad idea to catch the subway and take a walk around. It is, at least, interesting and different from other monuments you will find in Vienna.
Karlsplatz Square is one of the most famous in the city. It's practically right next to the Opera and the Exhibition Hall of Secession. We were standing before a very big square, with the occasional small stand in the middle. It's fountains and several attractions for children and older kids.
It's surrounded by the Secession building, for two other important constructions, the Technical University of Vienna and the Church of Saint Charles, the Karlskirche. This is the one of the most beautiful Baroque churches, with its impressive columns in the entrance and it's enormous green dome. Its dimensions trick you and it looks much bigger than it is.
Throughout the square (or park as some call it) there are all kinds of statues like a woman, child... that you can discover while walking through it.
The only problem you have is it's not one of the best places in Vienna to be at night or when it's dusk. It's not recommended that you're out late at night in this area, also because it gets pretty dark here.
It's better to go during the day when you can also appreciate everything much more. It has a metro stop right next to it.
The Musikverein is one of the landmarks of Vienna, where every year the world-famous New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic takes place. Franz Joseph I donated the land for the construction of the building, which opened in 1870, achieving critical acclaim for the quality of its acoustics. It consists of several rooms, among which the Golden Hall, home to the aforementioned concert can be found. The building can be visited, although I recommend contacting them before since it is not a museum. Iit is advisable to try to gain entry to any of its functions, since it is a unique experience. Depending on the concerts, there may be the possibility of buying tickets on the street for 10 €. To get there you will have no problems, since both are accessible by subway (Karlsplatz) and tram, or on foot if you find yourself walking through the city center.
It is a unique building and it´s worth taking a look at it´s exterior. It is interesting to go inside, although the main reason would be to look at the work of Gustav Klint. Photographs are no alloweed and also the entrance is quite expensive just to see Gustav Klint's mural located on the top of a room.