St. Stephen’s Cathedral towers above
the city like a gothic skyscraper. Begun in
1304 (with the finishing touches finally being
put on in the 20th century), the cathedral
is fun to explore—both inside and out.
Votivkirche (Votive Church)
Mozart’s last composition, the Requiem
K. 626, was first performed here a week after
his death. The church has a striking gothic
interior with rococo touches.
One of the most striking sites on the Ring
is the Votive Church (or Votivkirche), a mid-19th-century,
neo-gothic church inspired by the great gothic
cathedrals of Chartres and Cologne.
The City Hall was modeled after Brussels’
city hall. Its seven courtyards are open and
access is free of charge, but if you want
to see the ornate interior, you’ll have
to wait for the 45-minute guided tour, which
is only in German.
The refurbished Albertina is made up of parts
of a palace and a monastery, and today features
nearly 50,000 watercolors, drawings and etchings,
including some by Schiele, Klimt, Picasso,
Matisse, Breughel, Bosch, Michelangelo, da
Vinci and Raphael.
The Belvedere consists of two huge Baroque
mansions connected by a beautifully landscaped
sloping garden. The upper mansion houses a
great collection of paintings by Schiele and
Klimt (including the latter’s famous
Mozart lived in this apartment for three years.
Today it is a Mozart museum.
Löwengasse and Kegelgasse 3
Friedrich Hundertwasser redesigned these residential
apartment buildings in 1983 into what looks
like a giant children’s playhouse: walls
covered with friezes, gilded domes, oval widows,
uneven floors and a cacophony of bright colors,
which defined Hundertwasser’s style.
Formerly the Secessionist movement’s headquarters, the museum features Klimt’s famous “Beethoven Frieze.”
The Habsburgs’ former summer residence
is a grand, gated palace boasting almost 1,500
ornate rooms. It can be viewed as a “Versailles
light.” One of the most impressive rooms
is Mirror Hall where, in 1762, the seven-year-old
Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna
Inside Freud’s apartment you’ll find insight into his psychoanalysis research and home life.
The National Library features soaring floor-to-ceiling
walls of ancient books and baroque domes.
Alt-Wiener Schnapsmuseum (Schnapps Museum)
Here schnapps are distilled using old recipes and, best of all, you can sample about fourteen of these aromatic liqueurs.
Haus der Musik's Beethoven Room
Haus der Musik
Interactive and innovative, this museum allows you to compose your own CD or “conduct” the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Große Sperlgasse 24,
A dark trip into Vienna’s sordid past.
If you only visit one museum in Vienna, make
it the Art History Museum, which boasts the
largest collection of Breughels and a massive
collection of 16th- and 17th-century paintings
by Titian, Rembrandt, Cranach, van Dyck, Tintoretto
The Leopold Museum houses the largest collection
of Schiele paintings and also has works by
Klimt and Kokoschka.
Museum für Unterhaltungskunst (Circus Museum)
From clowns to costumes, it’s all about life under the Big Top.
This world-class museum features rare fossils
and gigantic dinosaurs, as well as famous
prehistoric works of art. Its also proud to
host the 25,000-year-old “Venus of Willendorf”
as well as the skeleton of a Diplodocus.
Palais Mollard: Globe and Esperanto Museum
Dedicated to what was hoped would be the world’s next lingua franca and a collection of ancient globes.
The Schatzkammer, which displays precious
relics of the Holy Roman Empire (including
the dazzling crown of Rudolf II), as well
as golden goblets, shiny reliquaries and a
supposed piece of the True Cross, is one of
the most stunning and memorable parts of the
Two of Vienna’s most famous sites are
housed in the Hofburg: the Vienna boys’
choir, who perform in the Hofburgkapelle,
and the Spanish Riding School.
State Opera House
The State Opera House hosts world-class productions. Inexpensive, standing-room-only tickets are available each day before a performance. Short guided tours are also offered.
Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater
Prater in Leopoldstadt near the Danube River
is an old-school amusement park that boasts
a Ferris wheel dating back to 1898. It’s
the spot where Orson Wells gave his famous
“cuckoo clock” speech.
more information, visit the Vienna Tourist