Vienna: Places to Explore

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  • Across the Danube: the Second District

    Walk across the Danube Canal on Schwedenbrücke or Marienbrücke and you'll reach the 2nd District, the home of Vienna's famous Prater amusement park.... Read more

  • The Eastern City Center: Stephansdom and Medieval Vienna

    For more than eight centuries, the enormous bulk of the Stephansdom cathedral has remained the nucleus around which the city has grown. Vienna of the Middle Ages is encapsulated behind it, and you could... Read more

  • East of the Ringstrasse: Stadtpark and Karlsplatz

    Next to Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz is the center city's busiest hub. It sprawls across the Ringstrasse to encompass the magnificent baroque Karlskirche and an exquisite Jugendstil pavilion designed by Otto... Read more

  • The Hofburg

    A walk through the Imperial Palace, called the Hofburg, brings you back to the days when Vienna was the capital of a mighty empire. You can still find in Viennese shops vintage postcards and prints that... Read more

  • The Inner City Center: Baroque Gems and Vienna's Shopwindows

    The compact area bounded roughly by the back side of the Hofburg palace complex and Staatsoper, the Kohlmarkt, the Graben, and Kärntnerstrasse belongs to the oldest core of the city. Remains of the Roman... Read more

  • Schönbrunn

    The glories of imperial Austria are nowhere brought together more convincingly than in the Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) complex. Imperial elegance, interrupted only by tourist traffic, flows... Read more

  • South of the Ringstrasse: the MuseumsQuartier

    Late in 1857 Emperor Franz Josef issued a decree announcing the most ambitious piece of urban redevelopment Vienna had ever seen. The inner city's centuries-old walls were to be torn down, and the glacis—the... Read more

  • The Western City Center: Burgtheater and Beyond

    Hailed as one of the most prestigious stages in the German-speaking world, the Burgtheater is home to a highly venerated ensemble of actors. Always keen on stargazing, the Viennese flock to the elegant... Read more

  • West of the Ringstrasse: Parlament and City Hall

    From her pedestal in front of Austria's National Parliament, Athena, the gold-helmeted Greek goddess of wisdom, looks sternly over the Ringstrasse. Locals hope that her good judgment rubs off on the legislators... Read more

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