Vienna's Old-World Charm

Amazing cultural venues, famous coffeehouses, shady vineyards and the charm of the past make Vienna Europe's capital of nostalgia.
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Vienna's Skyline

Modern high-rise buildings and ancient cathedrals compete for attention in Vienna, one of Europe's liveliest and most historic cities.

State Opera House

Vienna's majestic State Opera House (Staatsoper) was the built on the Ringstrasse in 1869. Bombed in 1945, it was largely reconstructed and reopened in 1955. It is now one of world's foremost venues for opera and ballet.

The Burgtheater

The Burgtheater is situated in Vienna's first district opposite city hall on the Ringstrasse. The beautiful façade is adorned with statues of famous writers like Goethe and Schiller. Inside, the Burgtheater provides a festive atmosphere for great cultural events.

The Prater

Take the subway to Praterstern Bahnhof to experience one of the most interesting fairs in Europe: the Prater. While there you can experience the many joyrides available, including the world-famous Ferris wheel.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is a former summer residence of the Austro-Hungarian emperors. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

Naschmarkt

Fruits and vegetables on display at the Naschmarkt, Vienna's most popular public market. It has existed since the 16th century when mainly milk bottles were sold.

Museum of Natural History

A view of the Maria Theresa statue outside of Vienna's Museum of Natural History. The museum houses 20 million objects, from insects to gemstones to pterodactyls.

The Austrian Parliament

The Athena Pallada monument stands outside the Austrian parliament in Vienna. The houses of Parliament are located on the Ringstrasse in the first district (aka the Innere Stadt) in Vienna, close to the Hofburg Palace and the Palace of Justice.

Hofburg Palace

Once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire, the Hofburg Palace is now home to various museums, a chapel, the Imperial Library, the treasury, Burgtheater as well as the President of Austria.

Belvedere

The Belvedere complex consists of 2 magnificent Baroque palaces. The buildings are set in a stunning park landscape in the third district of Vienna, southeast of the city center.

Stephansdom

Built in the 12th century in the historic city center of Vienna, the Stephansdom is one of the world's most impressive Gothic cathedrals.

The Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, is a traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg.

Vienna's Architecture

The juxtaposition of the modern Haas Haus and Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) exemplifies Vienna's mix of old and new.

Anker Clock

The Art Nouveau-style Anker clock, designed in 1911 by Franz von Matsch, connects 2 buildings in what is thought to be Vienna's oldest Square, Hoher Markt.