City on the Danube
Vienna is one of the world’s cities that I could live in. I love the vibe of this City. It’s very close from my hometown, Zagreb, just 4 hours drive, so I have a good excuse to escape there every once in a while, and every time for just a couple of days.
These time we went on famous Vienna Advent, ’cause there’s something magical about this City in that time of the year. Christmas Markets are on every corner and you can enjoy in great food, hot wine, delicious sausages, all kinds of Austrian desserts… I assure you, you’ll come back home with 5 kg extra. 🙂 But, who cares! 🙂
But, Vienna isn’t just Christmas markets, but also cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
In this post I’ll show you some of the things you have to visit for a short Vienna visit, but if you want to explore everything, my advice for you is to take one whole week.
What to see for short Vienna visit
The north tower of the cathedral remained unfinished in the early 16th century due to the advanced troops of the Ottoman empire. Today it houses the new Pummerin, Austria’s largest church bell, weighs 21,110 kg and is rung on high church holidays.
The south tower of St.Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the highest medieval towers at nearly 137 meters. You can climb the 343 steps to the tower keeper’s room at 67 meters height. You will be rewarded with a magnificient view across Vienna’s rooftops.
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is an opera house – and opera company – with a history dating back to the mid-19th century. It is located in the centre of Vienna, Austria. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera. In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Austrian Republic, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from its orchestra.
St Charles’ Church
St. Charles’ Church is one of the landmarks of Vienna, and is located at the south side of the Karlsplatz. It is one of the most important churches built in a baroque architectural style north of the Alps. Commissioned by Emperor Karl VI, this church was built in the 18th century and was dedicated to his namesake Karl Borromäus, who symbolizes one of the plague saints. St Charles’s Church was created by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. It represents the central relation between Rome and Byzantium, and the design was influenced by the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and Trajan’s Column in Rome.
The Theater an der Wien is a historic theatre in Vienna located on the Left Wienzeile in the Mariahilf district. Completed in 1801, the theatre has hosted the premieres of many celebrated works of theatre, opera, and symphonic music. Since 2006, it has served primarily as an opera house, hosting its own company.
Although “Wien” is German for “Vienna”, the “Wien” in the name of the theatre is actually the name of the Wien River, which once flowed by the theatre site; “an der Wien” means “on the banks of the Wien”. In modern times, the river has been covered over in this location and the covered riverbed now houses the Naschmarkt, an open-air market.
Mariahilfer Straße is the city’s longest and most lively shopping street. It will be worth your while to explore the side streets in the 6th and 7th districts. This is where many out-of-the-ordinary shops and outlets have sprung up recently.
Globe and Esperanto Museums
The Globe Museum is the only one of its kind in the world. It displays some 250 valuable terrestrial and celestial gobes from the 16th century to the present day.
The Esperanto Museum is unique in Austria. It presents not only a arge collection of media and objects in and about Esperanto, the world’s most successful planned language, but also countless other invented languages, such as Klingon from TV cult series “Star Trek”.
During Maria Theresa’s reign Schönbrunn Palace became the imperial summer residence and the glamorous centre of court life. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
Today, the baroque palace and gardens are a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and Austria’s most-visited tourist attraction.
The Panorama Train will take you to all Schonbrunn’s sights (Palace, the zoo, the Gloriette…). The full tour has nine stops and takes 5o minutes, and you can gey on and off the train as often as you like.
Palm House Schonbrunn
The Palm House was built between 1880 and 1882 by order of Emperor Franz Joseph I. With a length of 111 metres, a width of 28 metres and a height of 25 metres, it’s the largest glasshouse of its kind in continental Europe.
It’s divided into three climatic zones, which house over 4000 Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical plants from the collection of the Austrian Federal Gardens.
The collection includes the largest water lily in the world, which blooms in summer, and an impressive Wollemia tree, a living fossil from Australia.
The world’s oldest zoo with its over 700 species of animals is part of the Schonbrunn Palace Gardens and has been named Europe’s best zoo three times running.
The Leopold Museum is a unique treasury of Viennese Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstatte and expressionism. The most popular museum in the MuseumsQuartier cultural co0mplex, it houses the world’s largest Egon Schiele collection as well as masterpieces by Secession founder Gustav Klimt.
Largest museum of modern and contemporary art in Central Europe. Its collection spans the full range of works from classic modernism, including Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism, to Pop Art, Fluxus, Nouveau Realisme and Viennese Actionsm.
The collection contains paintings and sculptures by artists such as Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti as well as masterpieces of Pop Art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Austrian Parliament Building
The Austrian Parliament Building is where the two houses of the Austrian Parliament conduct their sessions. The building is located on the Ringstraße boulevard in the first district Innere Stadt, near Hofburg Palace and the Palace of Justice.
The parliament building covers over 13,500 square meters, making it one of the largest structures on Ringstraße. It contains over one hundred rooms, the most important of which are the Chambers of the National Council, the Federal Council, and the former Imperial House of Representatives. The building also includes committee rooms, libraries, lobbies, dining rooms, bars and gymnasiums. One of the building’s most famous features is the Pallas Athena fountain in front of the main entrance, built by Hansen from 1898 to 1902 and a notable Viennese tourist attraction.
is the city hall of Vienna, located on Rathausplatz in the Innere Stadt district. Constructed from 1872 to 1883 in a Neo-Gothic style according to plans designed by Friedrich von Schmidt, it houses the office of the Mayor of Vienna as well as the chambers of the city council and Vienna Landtag diet.
The Prater is not only the amusement park with the famous Giant Ferris Wheel, but also encompasses 600 hectares of woods and meadows, which “Focus” magazine calls one of the ten beautiful city parks worldwide. It’s popular recreation area and a heaven for nature lovers, perfect for walking, running, cycling and horse riding.
The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel has been turning since 1897, affording a unique view of the city on the Danube. It is visible from afar as an unmistakable landmark for the Viennese and for visitors. Whether you’re following in the footsteps of the legendary film “The Third Man” or simply want to enjoy the view of the city from a height of 64.75 m – you haven’t really visited Vienna until you’ve taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel. 😉
The City on the Danube
You can take the route along the Danube Canal, which was the main branch of the Danube in the Middle Ages. It is flanked by architectural highlights such as the Urania observatory, Jean Nouvel’s hotel and commercial building, Hans Hollein’s Media Tower, Otto Wagner’s Schutzenhaus and the Spittelau waste incineration plant designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. On the way back, you can see modern Vienna with its graffiti artwork and trendy bars drift by.
One of Vienna’s most fascinating markets, offering exotic foods and spices from all over the world. Many popular restaurants and bistros are scattered across the market and the surrounding streets.
Heaven for foodies 🙂
You won’t be hungry or thirsty, ’cause on every corner, there’s little stands with a variety of food and drinks. Especially if you’re coming at Christmas time. 😉
Great place for wine lovers! 🙂 Wein&CO on Naschmarkt. Highly recommend to go to this place and enjoy in great wine choices. 😉
Great Italian place in Vienna, on Mariahilferstrasse, with real Italian coffees and Food.
Accomodation and Transportation
We were situated in Austria Trend Hotel Ananas, Austria’s largest four-star hotel, centre located near the famous Naschmarkt. I have more than just good words for this Hotel, from Room, Food to Service. And the Price is affordable for everyone for that kind of Hotel. 😉
The metro station is just 20 meters away, and the Ticket for one way is € 2.20. So my advice to you, don’t use a taxi. Use Metro!
Buy a VIENNA PASS
Vienna Pass is a great choice for short staying, two or three Days. With this Ticket you get free HOP ON HOP OFF sightseeing buses (red, blue, yellow and green line), free entry for more than 60 Attractions. Don’t waste time standing in line and skip straight to the front of the queues in the busy periods! Also, you get discounts for shops and restaurants.
Vienna Pass Prices: https://www.viennapass.com/vienna-pass-prices.php?lang=e
This is just small Part of what Vienna offers.
Next time I’ll show you another great Places to visit.
And remember: To travel is to live!
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