This is really one of my favourite in Vienna. There is a baroque garden (or park) situated between two identical buildings. Boths are museums, on your right side (if you are coming from the direction of Hofburg) there is Museum of history and nature with great collections of historic animal species, rocks etc etc. and on your left side there is a Museum of Art. It is must see :) but take good shoes because your feet will strike after so long walk there. You can send there hours and hours.
Between the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art History is a manicured plaza dominated by a regal statue of a youthful-looking Empress Maria Theresa (ruled 1740-1780), perhaps the most influential of the Habsburg monarchs.
Maria Theresa statue stands in the middle between buildings of National Museum and across from Hofburg. She was the Queen also in Czech country (joint with Austria) in 18. century.
Maria Theresia Platz is one of the most beautiful city squares. There are two museums situated here that represent mirror image of each other - Kunsthistorisches and Naturhistorisches museums.
A large monument of Kaiserin Maria Theresa - apparently she was the mother of education to the Viennese - having made it compulsory for all children to attend school
Visit this monumental site between the two museums.
Natural History Museum, phone 01/521-770
Kunsthistorisches, phone 01/525-240
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