Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Vienna the capital and the most important city of Austria is the hub of economy, arts, entertainment and politics. This UNESCO world heritage is the home to the United Nations and other international organizations because of its strategically pivotal position in the Europe. Vienna is famous for its love for the music, Baroque style beautiful palaces and buildings, better standards of living, both economically and safety wise. It is a beautiful, calm and smartly planned city. This smart City is well connected and the transportation is smooth with the presence of Trams, Metro, and Rail. Vienna has a great German influence which reflects in its language as most of the people of Vienna speak German.

Location: Austria

Climate: Humid subtropical climate, Summers from June to August are warm with almost 8 hours of sunshine with high chances of rain. Carry light clothes with rain gear for these months. Autumn from September to November are pleasant requiring light clothes with layers. Winters from December to February are very cold with strong winds and snow fall. Spring is also mild and the best time to visit along with autumn months.

How to reach

By Air: Vienna International Airport is connected to major international cities. Taxis and Buses available from the airport to the city center.

By Train: Express Train and Urban Rail offer connectivity within Vienna.

Other Means: Vienna has Trams and underground Metro lines that offer connectivity within the city.

Points of Interest

Schönbrunn Palace:

Location: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

Timings: All days: 8:30 am to 5 pm

How to reach: Underground Metro,Trams and Bus.

This palace is the summer residence of Empress Sisi. The baroque palace also has a charming park and a zoo. You can take a tour of the Bergl rooms that will enthrall you. The rooms of this 17th century palace are furnished in Rococo style. Many of the walls and the ceilings of this flamboyant palace have white lacquered surface ornamented with gold leaf designs. Bohemian style chandeliers adorn the ceilings. The guest rooms and the state rooms are lavishly furnished while the offices and living quarters of the Emperor Francis Joseph, who spent his last years here are simple. The palace is the picture perfect of royal lifestyle with residential suits, the  blue staircase of silver, guards room, billiards room, emperor Franz Joseph’s study room and bed room  showing his personal side. This UNESCO world heritage site has a breathtaking garden which is open to public.

Hofburg Palace

Location: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timings: All days: 9 am to 5: 30 pm

How to reach: The metro, Trams and Bus.

Perhaps the most important piece of the Austrian history, this century’s old palace has continuously evolved and accommodated the rich and powerful of Europe and Austria. It was the center of the Habsburg empire till 1918 and today is the official home and office of Austria’s president. The palace was originally planned to be an Imperial forum and was designed and built to be a majestic marvel. Hofburg palace is famous for its Imperial silver collection of 7000 items of silver from cutlery to chandeliers and the Sisi museum showing the personal belongings of the Empress. Besides, there are cafes, fine dining restaurants and parks. It is a must visit for lovers of history and art.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Location: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timings: Monday to Saturday:6 am - 10 pm

Sundays and Public Holidays: 7 am - 10 pm

The Roman Catholic Church and the seat of Vienna’s archbishop, this centuries old cathedral  is the most holy place  and cultural heritage in Vienna which has hosted many important  historical events. Standing tall since 700 years, this most iconic landmark of Austria, watches over the city, presenting an enthralling view from the top of its tower after a flight of 343 steps. The oldest parts of this architectural marvel, the Towers of Heathens and the Giant Gate, date back almost to the 13th century and it took nearly 200 years to reach its present look. It has the tomb of Frederick III The Holy Roman Emperor, the Romanesque Towers in front with its Giant’s Door welcome the devotees and visitors , the colored roof with glazed tiles, the baroque Altars, chapels showcase its magnificent architecture which attracts millions from all over the world.

Vienna Museum of Natural History

Location: Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timings

Wednesday              9AM–9PM

Thursday-Monday     9AM–6:30PM

Tuesday                  Closed

How to reach: Reach by tube, tram or bus.

On the first look, you might confuse this Natural History Museum with a palace because of its design and interior, built in the late 18th century. It is one of the most enchanting buildings in Vienna founded by Franz Stephan von Lothringen. The museum has a collection of more than 25 million objects and is continuously collecting and displaying the artifacts related to natural phenomenon like solar system, precious stones, meteorites (“Tissint” meteorite from Mars), and rare dinosaur fossils. The exhibits are spread across the 8000 square meters of this sprawling building that depicts timeless charm with its elegant architecture. The giant dinosaur skeletons and valuable gems and minerals add to the mystic aura of the place attracting millions of tourists every year who enjoy guided tours of the place.

Belvedere Palace

Location: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria

Timings: All days: 10 am to 6 pm

How to reach: By tube, tram or bus.

Built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene in the early eighteenth century, this UNESCO world heritage site consists of two palaces - the upper and lower Belvedere and a beautiful garden. The upper Belvedere offers a great view of the first district of Vienna while the lower Belvedere houses the apartments and state rooms of the Prince. The Golden Room, the Marble Gallery and the Hall of Grotesques display the feudal royalty and magnificence. This baroque style historic Viennese heritage also hosts a museum, the Medieval Treasury. It has a great collection of Austrian art including works by artists like Vincent van Gogh. You can also see the largest Klimt collection here, with the renowned golden paintings “The Judith” and “The Kiss” forming the highlight of the collection. Visit the place for its elegance and the unique collection of art.

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