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  • 1. Belvedere Palace

    3rd District/Landstrasse | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    One of the most splendid pieces of baroque architecture anywhere, the Belvedere Palace—actually two imposing palaces separated by a 17th-century...Read More

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  • 2. Haus der Musik

    1st District | Museum/Gallery

    You could spend an entire day at this ultra-high-tech museum, housed on several floors of an early-19th-century palace near Schwarzenbergplatz...Read More

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  • 3. Hofbibliothek

    1st District | Library/Archive

    This is one of the grandest baroque libraries in the world, a cathedral of books, its centerpiece the spectacular Prunksaal—the Grand Hall—which...Read More

  • 4. Kaiserliche Schatzkammer

    1st District | Museum/Gallery

    The entrance to the Schatzkammer, with its 1,000 years of treasures, is tucked away at ground level behind the staircase to the Hofburgkapelle...Read More

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  • 5. Kunsthistorisches Museum

    7th District/Neubau | Museum/Gallery

    However short your stay in Vienna, you'll want to come here, to visit one of the greatest art collections in the world, standing in the same...Read More

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  • 6. Schönbrunn Palace

    13th District/Hietzing | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Originally designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in 1696 and altered considerably for Maria Theresa 40 years later, Schönbrunn Palace...Read More

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  • 7. 21er Haus

    3rd District/Landstrasse | Museum/Gallery

    Vienna's newest museum of contemporary art is housed in the structure originally built for the 1958 World Expo, the design of which won architect...Read More

  • 8. Akademie der Bildenen Künste

    1st District | Museum/Gallery

    If the teachers here had admitted Adolf Hitler as an art student in 1907 and 1908 instead of rejecting him, history might have proved very different...Read More

  • 9. Albertina Museum

    1st District | Museum/Gallery

    This not-to-be-missed collection is home to some of the greatest old-master drawings in Vienna—including Dürer's iconic Praying Hands and...Read More

  • 10. Altes Rathaus

    1st District | Government Building

    Opposite the Bohemian Chancery stands the Altes Rathaus, dating from the 14th century but displaying 18th-century baroque motifs on its facade...Read More

  • 11. Am Hof

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    In the Middle Ages, the ruling Babenberg family built its castle on what is today's Vienna's oldest square, the Am Hof (which means "at court...Read More

  • 12. Architekturzentrum Wien

    7th District/Neubau | Museum/Gallery

    Besides the permanent show of Austrian architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries, the center holds major exhibitions presenting the breadth...Read More

  • 13. Augustinerkirche

    1st District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built during the 14th century and presenting the most unified Gothic interior in the city, the church is something of a fraud—the interior dates...Read More

  • 14. Beethoven Pasqualatihaus

    1st District | House/Mansion/Villa

    Beethoven lived in the Pasqualatihaus while he was composing his only opera, Fidelio, as well as his Seventh Symphony and Fourth Piano Concerto...Read More

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  • 15. Blutgasse District

    1st District | Historic District/Site

    Today this block, bounded by Singerstrasse, Grünangergasse, and Blutgasse, is a splendid example of city renovation and restoration, with cafés...Read More

  • 16. Böhmische Hofkanzlei

    1st District | Government Building

    This architectural jewel of the Inner City was built between 1708 and 1714 by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. He and his contemporary, Johann...Read More

  • 17. Burggarten

    1st District | Park/Playground

    The intimate Burggarten in back of the Neue Burg is a quiet oasis that includes a statue of a contemplative Franz Josef and an elegant statue...Read More

  • 18. Burgtheater

    1st District | Arts/Performance Venue

    One of the most important theaters in the German-speaking world, the Burgtheater was built between 1874 and 1888 in the Italian Renaissance...Read More

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  • 19. Café Central

    1st District | Restaurant–Sight

    Part of the Palais Ferstel complex, this is one of Vienna's more famous cafés, its full authenticity blemished only by complete restoration...Read More

  • 20. Collection of Arms and Armor

    1st District | Museum/Gallery

    Rivaling the armory in Graz as one of the most extensive arms and armor collections in the world is this Neue Burg museum. Enter at the triumphal...Read More

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