Vienna has the best cafes and pastries I have tried...walking around and hopping from one cafe to another was a delightful daily experience for me. Shopping may be expensive though I'd rather spend money on tiks for classical shows and museums. It was winter so its was difficult for me to walk around with my heavy clothes though it never stopped me wearing nice shoes on old cobblestones and take pictures.
Fondest memory: the most unforgettable for me is looking at the masterpiece of Klimt, The Kiss. I was just immobilized for minutes. Such a beautiful painting! How he composed such drama adn emotions and mix the colors at that time when no one ever thought of gold colors but Klimt did. I just love it!
Favorite thing: 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
Favorite thing: My favourite painting by the greatest painter ever - Gustav Klimt. His most famous painting is 'The Kiss'. I consider the subject of this painting , the wife of a businessman during Klimt's time as the most beautiful woman of all time.The painting can be found in Vienna's Belvedere museum.'The Kiss' is also in the same museum.
Favorite thing: The Schloss Belvedere is within walking distance of the Ring and has great views of the city... It's a nice place to eat lunch or have a break from the walking too... :) And the gardens are really pretty.
Favorite thing: There are two museums or galleries better said :) in Belvedere. Down the park in Prince Eugen palace there is a part of baroque art situated in this building. The entrance is around 7 Euro but if you come October 26 it is only 3 Euro.
Favorite thing: Upper Belvedere is the other part of gallery where you can experience modern art collection set in the interiors of this beautiful palace. The entrance fee is the same as in the other part of Belvedere. In front of the palace and almost along the whole park there are statues of sphinxs.
A palace built by a victorious warlord, Prince Eugene of Savoy. Later owned by the unfortunate Archduke Francis Ferdinand.
The gardens looking towards the central part of Vienna look lovely, but nothing was in bloom because we were there in mid-October.
Passing through the lovely wrought-iron south gates the visitor can see the elegant façade of the Upper Belvedere palace mirrored in a large pool of water where small gondolas used to float. The staircase rising out of entrance hall carries military trophies and scenes from the life of Alexander the Great. In the Marble Hall on the first floor the Austrian State Treaty was signed in 1955, giving the country her independence again after the Allied occupation. There is a chapel in the south-east pavilion. Osterreichishe Galerie Des 19 und Jarhundts (Austrian Gallery if the 19th and 20th centuries) is the museum to head for if you want to see the highlights of Viennese painting. The are rooms full of works by Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, van Gough and many other famous artists.
Use the same ticket to enter the Lower Belvedere, which contains the Baroque Museum’s collection of sculptures.
Fondest memory: HISTORISCHES MUSEUM DER STADT WIEN (Historical Museum of the City of Vienna)
The Vienna’s history is told through a wide variety of artifacts and works of art. Ground floor tells the story of this area from Neolithic to Roman to medieval times. On the 1st floor are panoramic views of Vienna; battle scenes from the Turkish wars and number of portraits. The second floor (19th – 20th centuries) has fascinating Napoleonic era salon decorated in the “Pompean” style.
Two large wooden models show what Vienna looked like before and after the Ring was built. Klimt, Kokoshka, Schiele, Gerstl, Moll and others represent Austrian art. Admission free on Fr 9 am – 12 noon.
As probably everyone knows...Vienna is full of beautiful monumental buildings such as the castle of BELVEDERE (picture) and the castle of HOFSBURG (second picture down the page).
In the old town, the cathedral of St.Stephan is also very beautiful. Actually the whole area downtown is holding so many historical buildings...that it would be a must to do a walking tour (forget about driving).
Outside the city center, towards east, you may have a glimpse of the old Danube river, the Prater (old entertainment place) and the very ugly 'international organizations area' with absolutely 'discusting' skyscrapers.
Check out the Belvedere Gallerie. The works of Gustav Klimt, among many others are in there, it's well worth the visit. When you buy the ticket, you can also go see the other facilities they have (total of 3: Oberes Belvedere, Unteres Belvedere, and Gustinus Ambrosi-Museum). Entrance fee at the time: 7,5 Euros for an adult.
It is located at:
Prinz Eugen Strasse 27
No pictures allowed, even without the flash... =(
explore the grounds and garden of the famed Belvedere Palace - Prince Eugene of Savoy's palatial residence. Yes, this Baroque era Palace and its amazing combination of royal apartments, gardens AND art galleries is a must-see when visiting Vienna. Grab your cameras now and strike your best poses!! :-)) Oh, and please note it's opening hours too (very important!):
Open: Tuesdays through Sundays; from 10:00AM - 05:00PM.
Favorite thing: This is the Lower Belvedere Palace and part of the beautiful gardens there... There are some great views from the Belvedere Palace...
Favorite thing: Botanical Garden is very beautiful place. You see lot of old trees and different plans there. It is nice place to spend a day.