The Innere Stadt is the first Viennese Municipality District. The Innere Stadt is the old town of Vienna. Until the city boundaries were expanded in 1850, the Innere Stadt was congruent with the city of Vienna. Traditionally it was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates: Stubenviertel (northeast), Kärntner Viertel (southeast), Widmerviertel (southwest), Schottenviertel (northwest). The Ringstraße circles the Innere Stadt along the route of the former city walls.
attend a church service here...
attend a church service here at the glorious St Stephen's Cathedral.
This cathedral is surely not your everyday kind of cathedral. It is another pride and joy of Vienna!
The Stephansdom, or St. Stephen's Cathedral, is an island of Gothic magnificence surrounded by a sea of baroque and 19th Century architecture.
Sadly, this Cathedral was severely damaged in a fire caused by Allied bombings in 1945. However to the untrained eye (er... I guess that would be me huh?), it is almost impossible to distinguish restoration work from the original!! Don't just believe me... take a look at it for yourself. :-)) HOT TIP!
Try climbing the 343 steps to the Tower-Keeper's Room at St. Stephen's and enjoy a breathtaking view from up there.
Art galerie in the (Oberes) Belvedere Palace
Is art more your intrest? There are various expositions throughout the city of Vienna. Smaller and bigger ones. One of the largest exposition spaces is in the Belvedere upper palace. What's there to see depends on your time of visit. Find out on their website of the Belvedere Galerie Museum: www.belvedere.at
A magnificent religious building with a large cupola: St. Charles' Church, the last work of the eminent baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The church, finished in 1739 by his son Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, was built as the result of a vow taken by Emperor Charles VI during a plague epidemic. Unfortunately it was a problem with my camera when I was near by and the photo you see was made by Holger (HORSCHECK).
Don't stand left on an escalator!
Since times unknown Viennese people stand on the right side when using an escalator and walk on the left side.
This is an ancient custom inherited from the Romans who founded the Roman camp Vindobona, who in turn took it over from the Greeks, who had it from the Phoenicians, who had shipped it to Greece from somewhere in the Near East, trading it for olive oil and Retsina.
If you stand, stay right, so people not as lazy as you can walk past you on the left side. I mean it, stay on the right side! If you have a suitcase, a baby buggy, a lover, a violin case, a child, shopping bags or who-knows-what-stuff with you, don't place the useless things on your left! Put in on the step above or below you!
If you are so overweight nobody can walk past you because you take up all the width of the escalator, don't use it. Else everyone who wants to use it in the intended way (i. e. speeding up transport by faster stairclimbing, not supporting laziness by pushing around stationary people) will hate you! By the way, you should use the stairs then anyway, in order to put off some superfluous kilograms.