The Kunsthistorisches Museum is fourth biggest art museum in Europe (after Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Louvre and Prado).
There are five collections in the main building on Maria-Theresien Platz: A gallery of painting; the Coin Cabinet; the sculpture and applied arts collection and (closed when we visited the museum) the art of Ancient Egypt and works from Greece, Rome and the Near East.
One of the greatest glories of the collection is the Bruegel room (12 paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder). The gallery is particularly rich in 16th and 17th century paintings from Flanders and Venice, with 2 rooms devoted to Rubens and Titian.
The Hofburg (Court Palace ) is a very strange place - no natural center, no obvious main entrance. Two of Wien's most famous attractions keep the Hofburg at the top of most visitors' agendas: Vienna's Boys' Choir and Spanish Riding School.
The picture gallery in the Kunsthistorischen Museum has one of the best collections of Old Masters in the world, reflecting the tastes of the many generations of Hasburg collectors who formed it. There are works by Flemish and Venetian artists, and the best collection of Bruegels on display in any art gallery, as well as Giuseppe Arcimboldo's curious portraits composed of fruit and vegetables.
Here is the most famous Austrian Painter,Gustav Klimts, most celebrating painting; 'The Kiss' I see love and compassion in this painting and is my favorite.
I use it as a wallpaper for a year and each time gives me nice feelings.
The Musuem of fine arts, 1., Maria-Theresien-Platz: The 'kunsthistorische' is one of the world´s leading museums! Masterpieces illustrate the history of art, and the worlds largest Bruegel collection is a must...
The architectural works of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (1656-1723), master architect of the Austrian Baroque style, sculptor, and architectural historian. His works in Vienna include: The Dreifaltigkeitssäule (Holy Trinity) monument (or Plague Pillar), Schloss Schönbrunn (1696-1711), the winter palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1695–1711), The Hofbibliothek or Imperial Library (1722), and the Karlskirche (Saint Charles Borromew) (1715-1737).
Inside the cathedral, some of the important pieces include 14th century choir and the Gothic organ loft by Anton Pilgram.
The high altar piece of the Stoning of St. Stephen is stunning.
there are better architects in vienna than the allmighty hans hollein. if you are interested in roland rainer's revolutionary ideas read his essays.
Also worth visiting is the Natural History Museum, the Kaiser Apartments, and the Silberkammer. Its collection of royal jewels of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is astounding.