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Culture of Vienna. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Vienna, Austria Vienna has prepared to its guests widest choice of attractions and museums. Stadtpark City Park is simply a great place for a family rest. In the beginning of the 19th century several buildings existed on the territory of the park. However, already in 1860 the buildings were completely demolished. Best urban park architects and gardeners worked over the project of the park, which was opened in 1862.
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Museum of Criminology (Kriminalmuseum), which was opened in 1991, is one of the most unusual cultural institutions. The exposition of the museum is devoted to most notorious crimes that have been committed in Vienna during the last hundred years. Here you can see old photographs, documents concerning the crimes and weapons used in murders.
Wiener Karlskirche is a prominent architectural landmark. The church now has lost its religious significance and now is used as a museum. The architecture of the church is a unique combination of Italian, Greek and even Japanese traditions of construction. This is a truly unique building. Art lovers should visit the exhibition of Salvador Dali, the museum of which is located in one of historic buildings near Jozefplatz Square. We also suggest visiting Historical Museum (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien), which exhibits various ancient artifacts of the Roman Empire, as well as a collection of contemporary art and medieval sculpture. Copyright
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Among the architectural monuments of the city we should definitely mention Hundertwasser House, the building of which was completed in 1986. The project of the unusual building was developed by a talented Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. On the roof of the building is made a real park. During the history of the building the number of trees and shrubs has grown to 250. The facade is decorated with mosaic ornaments and windows of unusual shape and size. Today the beautiful building houses several apartments, offices and a cozy cafe. Town Square is the location of an unusual religious monument. This is Plague Column with the statue of the Virgin Mary installed on it. Similar monuments can be seen in several European cities. As a rule, they symbolize gratitude to God and saints for their help in finishing epidemics and pestilence.
Vienna, Austria Without question, the leader among the sights of the capital of Austria is Schloß Schönbrunn – this building has long been an unspoken symbol of Vienna. The structure was put up in 1638 and was destroyed as a result of a siege by Turkish troops. It was however rebuilt in 1696 in the Austrian baroque style under the project of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The construction was completed in the year 1713. The castle is famous for its magnificent park, and the halls themselves are so huge that it will be rather tricky to go round them in a day. In the gardens of the castle is located Palmenhaus Schönbrunn, which is famous for its great diversity of plants.
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The Schloss Belvedere is an equally remarkable place to visit. The palace was built in the Baroque style at the beginning of the 17th century as the summer residence of the Austrian princes. The building is truly historic – for example, in 1955, a document was signed in the Upper Palace proclaiming the independence of Austria. Today, both the Lower and Upper Belvedere are used as galleries, which often host art exhibitions. Schloss Neugebäude, which according to legend was built on the site of the Sultan Suleiman’s fortress in 1529, is an excellent monument to Mannerism. Despite this, it was often used as an ammunition depot and as a factory because of its location (it is situated far from the tourist trails).
vienna - burgtheater There is another building in Vienna connected with the name of Friedensreich Hundertwasser – namely, Kunst Haus Wien, the so-called Museum Hundertwasser. This place is simply incredible, just like the architect himself. You cannot find a more picturesque place in the hometown of Romy Schneider (only the already mentioned Hundertwasser’s house and the “village” named after the architect can compete with it). One more place you will find interesting in terms of architecture, is known as Arik-Brauer-Haus. This is a residential building which can be associated with “neatness” and “comfort”. It was built based on the project of another famous architect Arik Brauer, between 1991 and 1993. The paintings on the walls of the house are very unusual, and worth taking a close look at.
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In the very center of the waltz capital, there is a small, cozy church called Kapuzinerkloster, which is seemingly unremarkable. However, you can find a hidden treasure here – to be exact, Kapuzinergruft. There are many extraordinary sarcophagi here, and the atmosphere is simply astonishing. The crypts of Maria Theresa and her husband are the most valuable ones. Near the Hofburg castle you can find the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer, where the collection of treasures of the Austrian Empire is assembled. The Spear of Destiny, the Holy Grail, and the unicorn’s horn are not just mythical artifacts, but treasures that are stored here.
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St. Stephen Cathedral, Vienna

» The St. Stephen Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral, which is the national symbol of Austria.
» The Cathedral is one of the most important religious buildings in the capital of Austria. It has witnessed many important events in the history of this country and became one of the most recognizable symbols of Vienna.
» In 1741, funeral of the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi took place in the Cathedral of St. Stephen.
» The church was built of limestone and was originally white, but over the centuries the facade was painted black because of the soot and other air pollutants. However, recent restoration projects have returned original white color to some parts of the building.
» The St. Stephen Cathedral can be seen on Austrian euro dime.

Hofburg Palace, Vienna

» Hofburg Palace once was the residence of the most influential people in the European and Austrian history, including representatives of Habsburg Dynasty, which were rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
» Currently, Hofburg is the official residence of the President of Austria.
» The palace complex includes emperor’s apartments, the Imperial Chapel, the Imperial Treasury, the Imperial Horse Stables, the Winter Riding Hall and the Austrian National Library.
» The Imperial Treasury houses priceless national and historical relics of the Holy Roman and Austro-Hungarian empires.
» The Spanish Riding School is open to visitors even these days. At all times, the purpose of the school was to preserve the classical art of riding and educating new masters.
» The Winter Riding Hall placed in the walls of the imperial palace is home to fine Lippizaner horses.

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

» The Kunsthistorisches Museum is the famous art museum in Vienna, opened in 1891.
» The Kunsthistorisches Museum is almost identical in appearance with the Naturhistorisches Museum.
» In fact, the museum is a rich art collection of the Austrian imperial court.
» The Kunsthistorisches Museum can boast collections of Egyptian and Middle Eastern art, a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, a collection of sculpture and decorative arts. The museum also has a library.
»  Works represented in the museum were created by Giorgione, Titian, Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Bernardo Strozzi and many others.

Karlskirche, Vienna

» Karlskirche is the Catholic Church made in style of Viennese Baroque.
» This church is considered one of the largest and most prominent buildings in the city.
» The building is notable due to a huge dome and two tall columns at the sides.
» Its facade is very amazing. There are angels at the entrance to the church, and 4 virtues of repentance, mercy, humility and faith on the front side of the building.
» The walls and ceilings of the church are decorated with magnificent frescoes by famous masters.

St. Peter Church, Vienna

» The St. Peter Church is the Roman Catholic parish church in Vienna; the building is constructed in Baroque style.
» Everywhere in the temple, you can see images and symbols of the Holy Trinity, as the temple is dedicated to it.
» A wonderful dome of emerald color is decorated with beautiful frescoes.
» Rich interior details of the St. Peter Church make it even more spectacular.
» The St Peter Church houses a glass coffin containing the remains of St. Benedict.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Vienna

Stefansdom (st Stephen’s Cathedral)
Where: Stephansplatz, district 1, Vienna; Telephone: +43 (0) 1 513 7648;
Sigmund Freud Museum
Where: Berggasse 19, district 9, Vienna; Telephone: +43 (0)1 319 1596;
Kunst Haus Wien
Where: Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, district 3, Vienna; Telephone: +43 1 712 04 91;
Spanish Riding School
Where: Michaelerplatz 1, district 1, Vienna; Telephone: +43 (0)1 533 9031;
Schönbrunn Palace
Where: Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, district 13, Vienna; Telephone: +43 (0)1 811 132 39;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Vienna
♥   Palace 'Hofburg Palace' , 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Belvedere Palace' , 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Schönbrunn Palace' , 4.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Eszterháza' , 74.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Vienna and around
♥   Art museum 'Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste' Vienna, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Albertina' Vienna, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Kunsthistorisches Museum' Vienna, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Leopold Museum' Vienna, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'MUMOK' Vienna, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Vienna
♥   Kirche Sankt Barbara, Wien, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Maria Treu, Wien, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Maria Loretto, Loretto, 33.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Dom Mariä Himmelfahrt und Sankt Rupert, Wiener Neustadt, 43.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale St. Georg, Wiener Neustadt, 44.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazilika Narodenia Panny Márie, Marianka, 52 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Mariä Himmelfahrt, Frauenkirchen, 58.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Vienna. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Vienna: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Vienna. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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