Vienna is one of the most fascinating cities not only in Europe, but in the world. It is full of old history and modern culture, it surprises you wherever you go and makes you stop breathing because of its charm and beauty. It has so many places to see that sometimes it may be even hard to choose where to go, especially if you are limited in time. How to organize yourself and choose the sites you must see during your visit to the city? We've created for you the list of 5 places to visit when you are in Vienna! Enjoy it!
1. Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace is the former summer residence of the imperial family. It was opened the end of the 17th century and consists of 1,441 (!) rooms. This is, probably, one of the biggest, most beautiful and most important palaces in Europe. It's green gardens, stunning Baroque architecture and royal grandness attract unbelievable number of tourists each year and make it the most visited attraction in Vienna. Nowadays the Palace holds many cultural activities, including concerts of classic music and the traditional annual The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn. It is open for visitors daily, from 8:30 till 17:30.
2. Hofburg Palace
Hofburg is an another stunning imperial palace in Vienna. It is located in the heart of the city and nowadays part of it also serves as the official residence and workplace of the Austrian President. It was built in the 13th century, and represents the breathtaking architecture of that times and its rich decorations. Currently, Hofburg Palace is also a home for Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection. It is open daily, from 9:00 till 17:30. Get inside, go centuries back and see the life of Austrian emperors, you will not regret, we promise!
Belvedere is absolutely one of the most stunning sites of Vienna! This is a historic building complex that consists of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. It was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, and is impressive by its beauty, grand fountains, big gardens and fantastic Baroque architecture. Nowadays it houses the Belvedere Museum. It is open for visitors daily, from 9:00 till 18:00. But is looks specially beautiful at night, when it is shining because of the thousands of lights illuminating the building
4. St. Stephen's Cathedral
This is one of the most incredible and stunning architectures you will see in your life. Be ready for walking around it several times, you won't be able to believe that a human could create it! Be ready that you will not stop wondering how huge it is, how many details it has and how harmonic it looks all together. Get inside of the cathedral as well - there it seems even bigger! The place is specially beautiful at night, when it is not that much overcrowded with tourists and is illuminated by lights - you will never forget it!
5. Kunsthistorisches Museum
People who say that museums are boring just have never been to this one! In translation, Kunsthistorisches Museum means “Museum of Art History” or, as it is also often called “Museum of Fine Arts”. It is located in the breathtaking building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with a 60-m high dome. Even if there would be no any exhibits inside, the building itself would also make a great exhibition - it is decorated with marble, gold, beautiful paintings and ornaments. However, the museums has an absolutely stunning selection of art objects, starting from old Egyptian collections.
Probably, to discover Vienna, all of its attractions, famous sites and hidden places, one trip won't be enough. However, if you are just starting exploring the city, it may be a good beginning for you! Go, travel, discover and learn as much as you can from the places you visit!