The Habsburgs were redesigned the center of Vienna for its extent and criteria. Everything they wanted and what they needed was at their fingertips. Hofburg was actually a city within a city, isolated from the public and exposed to the exclusive enjoyment of the imperial family.
In the first circle, outside the Hogburg, which tends towards the Cathedral and Danube, there were the palaces of the highest imperial officials and dignitaries. In this section there were also numerous buildings housed imperial offices and institutions.
All the buildings of Vienna that were in the service of the Emperor had been decorated, in the front facades or portals, with the gilden crown or crest of the Habsburgs, which can be noticed even today.
The City Hall of Vienna (Neues Rathaus) is the most important secular building in the city of Vienna, built in the neo-Gothic style. The composition of this imposing building reminiscent to the Cathedral in Cologne, and it is not by accident, Neuse Rathaus was designed by architect Friedrich von Scmidt. The City Hall was built between 1872 and 1883, whereby von Schmidt had complied the limitation regarding height of the city tower. Emperor Franz Jesef gave order that the City Hall Tower can not be higher than the 99 meter spires of Votivkirche. The tower itself is 87,9 meters high and plus Rathausmann if reaches a total of 104,3 meters.
Since 1922 Vienna is both city and state and therefore the mayor of the town is also the governor of the State of Vienna. So, Neues Rathaus is the seat of mayor and governor, of the municipal council, regional parliament and regional government. It has 1575 rooms/offices with more than 2000 employees.
On the top of the City Hall Tower stands Eisener Rathausmann (Iron Kinight of the City Hall) who become one of the emblems of Vienna. The statue of Rathausmann was designed by Franz Gartell.
Keep your boarding pass if you fly to Vienna with Austrian Airlines. It will give you reduced or free entry to many museums and sights, and also discounts on some restaurants in Vienna.
Vienna by night is well worth seeing as most churches, historic buildings and sights are beautifully illuminated.
So don't miss a nighttime visit of the Charles' Church or the Town Hall; even the Prater with the illuminated Giant Ferris Wheel shouldn't be missed at night.
Favorite thing: Leaving your luggage in central Vienna is quite difficult. As far as I know (and according to a 2011 information from the ÖBB), the only left luggage office is at the Praterstern metro station. Once the main train stations of Vienna have gone through reconstruction, it is likely that further options will become available at one of those stations.
The Plague columnis is one of the most well-known and prominent pieces of sculpture in Vienna.
Emperor Leopold I vowed to erect a mercy column if the big plague epidemic (1679) would end.
The column was inaugurated in 1693.
Fondest memory: During the long design period it changed from a conservative memorial column to a high baroque scene. It is a cloud pyramid with angel sculptures as well as the kneeling emperor Leopold, praying to a sculpture of faith.
Kahlenbergerdorf is part of the XIX. District of Vienna, Döbling, since 1891, when it was incorporated into the city.
Surrounded by the river Danube in the North-East, the Leopoldsberg in the North and the Nußberg in the South-West, it is one of the oldest settlements of Döbling.
Fondest memory: Mentioned first in 1135 as "chalwenperge", Kahlenbergerdorf lived from its location near the Danube and large vineyards on the slopes of the Leopoldsberg and the Nußberg; amidst the village lies St. Georg, a baroque church.
Viniculture can be traced back 2500 years, when Celts settled in the vicinity of the Leopoldsberg; starting in the Middle Ages, winegrowing was organized by monasteries. Today, most of the vineyards are in the possession of Stift Klosterneuburg.
Today, Kahlenbergerdorf lives mostly from its Heurigen and viniculture.
Even it's one of the most popular places from which to admire the view of Vienna, it is very quiet there.
Imperial city and Imperial capital looks so imperial for real. It seems even from rich architecture and the architecture details, associated with Empire of Rome and Ancient Greece.
Imperators tried to show the strength of their Empire, joining the old details of ancient temples, mythology, great men and so on.
From panorama view (the best, I think, from Prater wheel and Cathedral) it is easy predictable where the old and a new part of city is. Many old buildings are well preserved and the modern buildings fit to the common view of city.
The Ringstrasse is the main "border" what joins old and new parts. Around this street you can see lots of great buildings.
The special atmosphere of 19th century makes architecture and the carriages with two horses. These carriages are the special transportation from one side of city to another. In my picture it is showed the carriage and two horses.
The central parts there this transportation is offered are Stephansdom square and places near Hofburg palace.
Favorite thing: People call Vienna the capital of classical European musicians even if they haven’t visited this city. Vienna is really attracted with this advantage - Opera house, parks and statues for musicians, classical music playing on the streets, Waltz of Wien...
Favorite thing: In Austria, the leading brand of mineral water is Römerquelle. While visiting Vienna, I tried a few different beverages made by Römerquelle -- and my favorite was named "emotion apfel/ribisel" which is a sparkling combination of apple juice, red currant juice, and mineral water. It is delicious!
Kartner Strasse is the main pedestrian street in Vienna. Retail shops and restaurants line the boulevard with cafe patios all along the middle of the street. You can enjoy sitting in one of these cafes and do some terrific people watching. Picture taking oppurtunities abound here with great architecture all around you and even some of the local street entertainers getting pretty imaginative as you can see by my picture. You'll find retail shops for whatever you wish to purchase, although many of the shops here are pretty expensive. There are many sites that are close by such as the Hofburg Palace, the Albertina, Mozart's House, KapuzinerKirche and Kaisergruft, Stephensplatz and the Stephansdom, the Opera House and Hohr Markt either on the street or nearby.
Kartner Strasse is a great base for your adventures around Vienna with U-stations Karlsplatz and Stephansplatz easily accessible as well as many tram lines that stop within walking distance at the Ring Rd.
Favorite thing: One can't excape Mozart in Vienna. Even the pay toilets which cost .60 cents to enter play his music as well as other classical composers. This one was pretty neat inside with references to the opera all around. Toilets are referred to as loges, paintings of balconies on the walls and more, I was pretty amused by all this. The pictured restroom is located in the U Karlsplatz at the stairs leading to the Opera House.
The Monument to the Victims of War and Fascism is a very powerful and heartwrenching piece that shows how war and fascism turns the lives of people upside down and inside out. It shows the cruelty inflicted on innocent people because they are different than those that ran the country. It shows the brutality of the Nazis and how cold and calculated they were.
The monument stands on a spot where several hundred people were buried alive when a cellar they were hiding in was demolished by a WW2 bombing attack. Finding this out really had an emotional impact on me.
There are four thought provoking statues in split white stone. I'd recommend taking the time to really get a good look at them and to reflect on why scenes like these keep happening the world over.
You'll find the monument in the Albertinaplatz right in front of the Albertina Museum and behind the Vienna Opera House.
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