The Main Reading Room at the University of Vienna is a wonderful Renaissance Revival library. It's a public building, therefore you can have a quick look. Just use a locker for your bags and coats before entering.
LOCATION: 1010 Wien, Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring 1; take the main entrance and ask the porter or any student for the 'Bibliothek'
Mo-Fr 9.00-21.35, Sat 9.00-12.35
TIPP: go there in the evening
Wander around the maze of streets of Vienna's central First District (Erste Bezirk), I have lived here for nearly 8 years but I am still discovering new things - In Sterngasse near Schwedednplatz, I found this cannonball (see picture) which had been fired many centuries before. Walk through any passage way and you will find yourself in all sorts of interesting places. In Blutgasse look into the courtyards and you will see typical old Viennese pawlatsche balconies running round the houses. They are often covered in the most beautiful flowers in the summertime. At the end of this street you will see Mozart's apartment if the courtyard is open you can take a quick look inside. Wander round the tiny streets off of Judenplatz and discover the Watch Museum and some great hidden bars and restaurants some even without names.Walk along the site of the old city walls near Schwedenplatz, go to the Fleischmarkt to look at the Griechenbeisl and have a peek at Lieber Augustin who is set in the floor in the entrance to the restaurant. Go to Kleeblattgasse where there is a great bar Kolar which serves beer and warm breads with different toppings. Near Rotenturmstrasse wander down Sonnenfelsgasse or Backerstrasse where you come out at a beautiful church. Just put the map into your pocket and see where you end up after all the Centre of Vienna is too small to get too lost! Enjoy!
The old city centre district of Vienna (also known as district 1) is a very pleasant place to walk around in (or get lost). Strawling through the narrow alleys and streets one should not forget to now and then "dive into" the innercourts of the large houseblocks. This might lead to wonderful suprises, as here is where the people live and they too (like yourself) like to have a wonderful home surrounding. The courts are often surprisingly green or contain balconies filled with flowerpots, hanging from the fences. Sometimes tunnel shaped alleys (gasses) run underneath the buildings and suddenly make you come out on a whole new place within the old city centre.
There is a beautiful statute near Stephansdom on the Graben, where many people pass by probably without noticing too closely, a statute dedicated to all the victims of the 'Black Plague' -- which killed about one-quarter of all Europeans. Incidently, this statute is located on the Graben, or 'The Ditch', where many of the plague victims were buried.
While waiting for my first taste of Viennese ice cream, I was amazed by the huge clock directly in front of me. It was the Anchor Clock (or Ankeruhr)...built between 1911 and 1917 and is situated on the oldest square of Vienna 'Hoher Markt." The clock represents a typical Art Nouveau design and forms a bridge between two parts of the Anker Insurance Company's building. It's adorned with mosaic ornaments and in the course of 12 hours, twelve historical figures or pairs of figures move across the bridge (among them Joseph Haydn, medieval lyricist Walther von der Vogelweide, Empress Maria Theresa and Prince Eugen of Savoya). Every day at noon, all figures parade accompanied by music from the various time periods.
Also a place that some people do not want to miss is the house where Mozart lived in Vienna and created few of his masterpieces. In the old house there is a small museum about his turbulent life, as many know that Mozart did not only love music.
Inside the old city centre quarter (District 1) one can also find the oldest and original buildings of the Vienna University. The modest buildings are spread over several buildings and still contain certain divisions of the present day University. One of the original first University parts is immediately next to the Jesuit church.
Palais Ferstel for dinner. We attended a business event on this particular evening and were treated to a trumpet herald announcing each couple. Cocktails in the courtyard by the fountains was followed by dinner in the ballroom (wow, what a dinner)! The evenings entertainment started with a private performance by the Vienna Boys Choir and ended with Waltz lessons from a local dance group. The atmosphere and event were elegance personified. If you can manage a visit, it's worth while to say the least.
In front of the Hofburg you can find excavations of the first roman city built here called Vindobona. It was the beginning of Vienna. It's very interesting to see how much is still in good shape....
If you are in mood for shopping, avoid the main streets like Graben and turn to some others in the center. You will find tons of interesting shops smaller or bigger without bunches of tourists ...
Althought in late September, the weather was pleasant and warm, like in summer. Countless bars in the openair invite tourists and citisens to enjoy there, to have some refreshment...
This area is downtown (Ringstrasse) Vienna, beautiful clean boulevards,with some great shopping too. Do spend some time wandering about the streets within the Ringstrasse