Placed in the core of Europe, in a strategic location between East and West, located on the eastern side of the Danube river, Vienna, the capital of Austria, can boast of a glorious past. Until 1918, the beautiful capital of the Habsburg Empire was shaped by enlightened sovereigns who commissioned to famous architects lavish monumental works. Vienna owes its artistic and intellectual heritage to its inhabitants, including Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. The tour in the Habsburgs’ footsteps begins from the streets of the historic center, the Innere Stadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, towards St. Stephen's Cathedral, a Romanesque and Gothic church in the center of the old capital. Do not miss a tour of the imperial compound of Hofburg Palace, the principal residence of the Habsburgs and also where the Princess Sissi lived. In the Museums Quarter, historical and contemporary buildings exhibit works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.
The Albertina Museum
is the most valuable museum in Vienna, with its large collection of artworks. Besides more than 65.000 paintings, the Albertina museum holds also stone-printings, gravures, wood-printings and modern graphics works.
Classical Music Concerts
Vienna can be considered as the capital of the classical music. Many classical music concerts
have been hosted in important palaces in Vienna, which was house of many important composers. This city which named its chocolates and liquors after Mozart, is undoubtedly heaven for the music enthusiasts.
The Summer Palace of Eugene, the Belvedere
, is considered as one of the most elegant examples of Baroque style architecture. It consists of two main parts named Up and Down Belvedere. This beautiful palace was gifted to Prince Eugene because of the victories against Ottoman Empire.
In the 19th century, Franz Joseph took a significant step which led to a massive change in Vienna's looking. by demolishing the defense walls of the city and switching them to a circular line. Via this street called the Ringstrasse
, all the cultural and administrative buildings were connected to each other.
Haus des Meeres
The Haus des Meeres
, located in the central district of Viena, is a a public aquarium that is home to 3,500 kinds of animals. Besides sea animals, there are many plants, tropical birds, monkeys, and reptiles being hosted here. The moments when the animals are fed are the most entertaining ones for tourists.
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Generally known as “Stephansdom” by locals, the St. Stephen's Cathedral
is one of the most important churches in the city. This symbolic construction serves as the place of residence of the archbishop of Vienna today; it also holds graves of the many respected members of Habsburg family.
Does not matter what season it is, Schönbrunn Palace is always visited by tourists in good weathers. In the garden of the palace, there is “Schönbrunn Zoo
” which is pretty famous for its being the oldest zoo in the world. If you are curious about exotic animals coming from all around the world, Schönbrunn Zoo deserves a visit.
The old town of Salzburg
was established around river Salzach. On the one side of Salzach Mirabell, there are Mirabell Gardens, Makartplatz Square and the house of Mozart while on the other side there is an older touristic district where Mozart was born. It is possible to go to Salzburg with day tours departing from Vienna.
is a city of the Republic of Austria, which has been associated with the Melk Monastery. The benedictine Monastery that was built in Baroque style is considered as the symbol of the town. Melk Monastery, which was in a great position in the city, was enlarged in the 14th century and surrounded by the ramparts. Between 1702 and 1736 this monastery was rebuilt in baroque style. Besides the monastery, there are important Renaissance constructions in Melk, dating from the late Gothic period. Schallaburg Castle is the most important among them.
The Vienna History of Art Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum
in German, located in the center of Vienna, has an essential place in the world when it comes to the decorative arts and fine arts. The museum was opened by Austria-Hungary Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1891. The most important artworks exhibited in this museum are The Crowning with Thorns and the David with the Head of Goliath.