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Well, back in the city centre...

Favorite thing Well, back in the city centre again and quite near where we started out. This is the Hofburg, a truly enormous series of palaces that houses a multitude of 'visitor attractions' including the Spanish Riding School.

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Aug 24, 2002

The statue of Erzherzog Karl...

Favorite thing The statue of Erzherzog Karl in Heldenplatz. This was important to us as our 'meeting place' - we went to Vienna on a coach trip from the somewhat remote village where we were staying. The hostess on the bus made it very clear that we should be back here at 4:30 or face the prospect of a long train journey back to Traunkirchen. The number of times this was drilled into us vergered on the ridiculous, but it ensured we were not late!

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Aug 24, 2002


Favorite thing Visit the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918. The palace was originally a medieval castle of which only the chapel has survived to this day. Today, the Imperial Palace houses the offices of the Austrian president, an international convention center, the chapel, the riding hall where the Lipizzan stallions of the Spanish Riding School perform, various official and private apartments and several museums and state rooms which are open to the public. The New Palace (Neue Burg) is the most recent and most monumental section of the Imperial Palace.

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Jul 25, 2007

explore the entire Ringstraße...

Favorite thing explore the entire Ringstraße area... and see the many magnificent buildings located there. Amongst those not-to-be-missed landmarks include the Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater and Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Photo Below: Here's a photo of the City Hall. Nice!

Fondest memory Did you know that the Austrian Parliament Building was designed by Danish architect, Theophil von Hansen, using a Greek temple as his inspiration?

Today, it is definitely one of the most magnificent buildings on the Ringstraße. Don't miss the eye-catching Pallas Athena Fountain in front of the building's driveway. Cool.

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Aug 24, 2002
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There is so much to do in this...

Favorite thing There is so much to do in this city, its almost impossible to mention, all its atractions. Of course you can not forget to visit the Belvedere Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen, there are plenty of great museums, art galleries, coffee houses, the list is quite extensive. Vienna is one of the great european cities. Just as grand or grander than London or Paris. In a smaller scale of course.

Fondest memory There is plenty of those. The coffee houses, The music, its architectural beauty. Just a great city!

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Aug 24, 2002

Buy a metro-ticket and visit...

Favorite thing Buy a metro-ticket and visit all the beautifull sights of Vienna. I've been to several capitals, but Vienna stays still one of my favorits. Because of the barok buildings, the city is very clean and people are really friendly.

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Aug 24, 2002

The giant cube

Favorite thing This was a temporary structure raised in front of Hofburg (you can see the city hall in the background). It was probably some kind of presentation of an exhibition taking place inside Hofburg.

I was impresed by the huge cube, now every time I go in that square, coming from Mariatheresienplatz, I look to see if the cube is again there, but is not :)

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Sep 28, 2008

Hofburg: Empirial Appartment and Silver Rooms

Favorite thing The glorious history of Habsburgian times come alive in the Hofburg. Here the museums Silverkammer (Silver treasury) and Kaiser appartments (the empirial chambers) show the incredable wealth that surrounded the Habsburg emperors. In the Things to do Tips more about these museums, as well as on the website Hofburg museum:

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Hofburg - inner courtyard

Fondest memory This is the old kings palace, inner cortyard of the Hofburg. Make sure you visit kings apartments, city residence of Franz Josef and his beloved queen Elisabeth, "Sissy". At the same entrance to the kings apartment there is a silver collection exhibition, make sure you see that also!

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Sep 11, 2002

Grand buildings

Fondest memory There are lots of grand buildings. I feel quite guilty not knowing the name of this one as I am sure it is very famous.

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Mar 11, 2003

Prunksaal - Doors

Favorite thing These are the grand doors which open onto the Memorial Hall of the National Library. They're like something out of Harry Potter movie.

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Sep 11, 2003

Stately & imperial palaces from Franz Jospeh's era

Favorite thing The New Burg wing of the Hofburg complex which was the winter residence of the Habsburg emperors.

This particular building is infamous because Hitler made a famous speech from the balconies.

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Mar 02, 2003

Things To Do Near Vienna

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After passing the Vienna Secession Building we were planning on heading towards the Vienna Ring Road when we saw a rather interesting looking market area, so we went to have a look. It turned out to...
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like what I've Said, the City of Vienna has many known and hidden squares and there are even walking tours of the hidden squares of Vienna in some tour companies. One of the Largest Squares is the...
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Theater an der Wien

Go and see the Theater an der Wien. This is the theatre were Beethoven's opera 'Fidelio' went in premiere in 1805. There is a plaque on the wall to honour it. I love the opera although it is not often...
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Karlskirche - St Charles Church

Karlskirche or Charles’ Church is situated at the Karlsplatz and dedicated to Saint Charles or Cardinal Carlo Borromeo. Construction of this church started in 1716 and was accomplished by 1737. Church...
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Wien Museum Karlsplatz - Historical Museum of the City of Vienna

First of all, this museum implemented and conducts visitor friendly policy of non-barriers. It will tell you the story of Vienna from the times of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to the Times of...
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Wiener Staatsoper - State Opera House

One of the two most famous Opera houses in the World (La Scala in Milan, Italy) being the other one. The Opera House in Vienna is one of the many symbols in this beautiful city. We weren't able to...
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the former winter-residence of the Kaiser


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