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It is national Theater also known as Burg or Haus am Ring. Situated in Vienna first district opposite of the City Hall. Burgtheatar has world wide reputation for brilliant dramatic art and is one of the first theaters of German speaking Europe. The beautiful facade whose white marble has recently been cleaned is adorned with statues of famous writers like Goethe and Schiller and allegoric figures depicting love and hatred.
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The City Hall is one of the most splendid monumental buildings designed by Friedrich Schmidt. It was erected between 1872 and 1883. Building was built in Gothic style, with a tower similar to Gothic cathedrals. Today it is the head of Vienna municipal administration. More than 2000 people work in the building. You can stunned by magnificent appointments of the state rooms.
There are The Council Chamber, The Festival Hall, The Arkadenhorf, The Senate Chamber, The Stone Halls, The Coat of Arms Halls and the Grand Staircases.
You can walk on Rathauspark – city park for Viennese residents.
The building lies at the Ringstrase in the first district Innere Stadt, close by Hofburg Palace. The Parliament is consist of the lower house of Austria – the National Council whose members are elected by popular vote and the upper house – the Federal Council, whose members are chosen by the states sit here. One of the buildings most famous features is the statue of Athena and the fountain. The most interior has been restored to its original appearance because destruction during Second World War.
This is Austria's Parliment building, which was built between 1873 and 1883. It sits across from the Volksgarten, and is a beautiful archtictural work with guided tours are available when the parliment is not in session.
Coming from the Opera on Ringstrasse (actually Opernring then Burgring then Doktor-Karl-Lueger-Ring), left side before reaching Rathaus there is the Rathaus park, on both sides of the city hall.
During Advent, Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays this park is beautiful designed, trees are decorated with lights and it is the joy of children.
The Austrian Parliament
They say that democracy is born in Greece, so the Austrian Parliament building is modeled on Greek temples. In front of the Parliament there is a statue of Pallas Athena (Athenebrunnen) - the greek godess of wisdom. This building (1874-1884) was originally designed as the parliament building for the Habsburg Empire.
Half of the building was destroyed by World War II. Some of the artwork damaged during the war is only now starting to be restored.
A very short city-tour in Vienna
I hope, you are lucky enough to stay at the Novotel/city (there is also a Novotel at the outskirts, relatively far from City center)
The city-Novotel is situated in "Aspernbrueckengasse" (see map at
near the socalled Praterstrasse and rather close to the "Ringstrasse" , a street, circulating the inner city and passing the main city-sights, as Opera, Burgtheater, Hofburg, the museums, Rathaus etc. So the best advice would be to start your city-tour by taking the tram and do one circle around the inner city. Then you could decide, whether to walk to the famous "Belvedere" castle or take a 20-minutes ride by subway to Schoenbrunn-castle. Walking from the Opera House to St Stephens Cathedral should not be missed!!
Have a nice day here in Vienna !
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Ringstrasse-tram around the ring road
The Ringstraße (or Ringstrasse) is a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna, Austria and is one of its main sights. It is typical of the historical style called Ringstraßenstil (Ringstraße Style) of the 1860s to 1890s.
The tram lines 1 and 2 run all around the Ring (which is closed by the Kai along the Donaukanal) and you have the choice to go clockwise or anti clockwise and can watch views through the windows of the tram. Highly recommendable!
The Austrian Parliament Building, (German: Parlament or Hohes Haus, formerly the Reichsratsgebäude), is where the two Houses of the Parliament of Austria conduct their sittings. The building lies at the Ringstraße in the first district Innere Stadt in Vienna, close by the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Palace of Justice. Coordinates: 48°12′29″N, 16°21′29″E
The main construction lasted from 1874 to 1883. The architect responsible for the building was Baron Theophil von Hansen, the building is an example of Greek revival. The architect von Hansen designed the building as an ensemble, where each piece harmonised with the rest. He was therefore also responsible for the interior decoration such as statues, paintings, furniture, chandeliers, and other elements. One of the building's most famous features is the statue of Athena and the fountain, a notable Viennese tourist attraction. Despite heavy damages and destruction during World War II, most of the interior has been restored to its original appearance
There is always something happening on the square in front of Rathaus (Town Hall). It's a place for going skating in winter, to buy some souvenirs in an open market before Christmas (Christkindlmarkt) or to enjoy one of many concerts organized here throughout the year.
The building itself is well worth seeing too.
Burgtheater, entertainment for the people
In the past centuries it was the Opera that attracted the rich and wealthy. Answer of the common people (well, seen to the building not that common) also had their need in culture. They built their theater, just across the square in front of the other palace of the people: the city hall. The Burgtheater offers a wide field in entertainment, from plays to concerts. It has many large theatral rooms for smaller or larger productions. The program can be checked on their webpage, so maybe you can find something interesting and book your tickets for an cultural evening out in Vienna.
As you wander around the Ringstrasse from the Kunsthistorisches Museum to the Rathaus, you’ll pass the Austrian Parliament building. The columned façade is very much “Ancient Greece meets Baroque” and the overall effect is very impressive (second photo). I’m sure there is a substantial security presence somewhere, but from outside it certainly was not obvious – unlike the French Parliament which has what seem to be permanent mesh barricades!
Most of all, while you are here, you’re certain to be struck by the superb statue of Pallas Athenas, the Greek Goddess of Heroic Endeavour. When we visited, it seemed the gilding on her helmet and accoutrements really gleamed (main photo). This is listed in our guidebook as a fountain, but there wasn’t any watery stuff splashing around when we visited – great statue though!
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A monumental group
Behind the cathedral, we found a group of sculptures, this time a trio of musical ladies. There also is a plaque dedicated to Antonio Vivaldi. No doubt the musicians are meant to be playing the “Four Seasons”: Vivaldi was a priest (known, because of his hair colour as "The Red Priest"), so maybe that suggests some connection with the Votivkirche. Unfortunately, although the statue was enjoyable, I’ve been unable to find out more about it – there was no other signage!
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Continuing around the Ringstrasse just a little further from the Rathaus, you’ll find another impressive Gothic building. It looks the part of something from the 1300s, with its gargoyles, flying buttresses, arches, stained glass windows and all – but it’s actually from the late 1800s and was designed by the same Heinrich Von Ferstel who designed the Palais Ferstel (separate tip).
Going by the number of assassinations attempts, successful and unsuccessful, over the years, it seems that being a member of Habsburg royalty was a risky business! The failure of an attempted assassination of Franz Josef 1 in 1853 led to the construction of this superb cathedral, as an act of thanksgiving.
We visited on a rainy weekend day and the interior appeared to be closed for maintenance – certainly cleaning and maintenance was very much in evidence, going by the scaffolding and by the contrast in cleaned/uncleaned sections of stonework (as may be seen in the photos). As a personal opinion, the exterior appealed to me more than St Stephan’s, mainly because of the uniform styling – though my guidebook suggests the interior is vast and empty, so that may have been a disappointment.
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Take a tram ride around the "Ring"
The Ringstrasse was started in the middle of the 19th century when the inner fortifications around the heart of the city were removed. This wide and mostly tree lined boulevard runs through that what can be called World's most important ensemble of Historism. The various parts of the Ringstrasse have different names even including the full academic degrees of the historical persons which makes US students to write letters to the University's admission department starting with "Dear Dr. Karl Renner Ring..." Along the Ring you can find really impressive fakes of all European styles from Greek Temple (Parliament) via Gothic Cathedral (Rathaus and Votivkirche) to Renaissance (University) and Baroque, all built at the same time and often by the same architects.
The both tram lines 1 and 2 run all around the Ring (which is closed by the Kai along the Donaukanal) and you have the choice to do the tour clockwise or counterclockwise and can excellently watch all through the windows of the tram. Highly recommendable!
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