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  • 1. 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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  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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

  • 4. Globe Museum

    1st District | Museum/Gallery

    Across the street from the Café Central, the beautifully renovated Palais Mollard has a rare collection of more than 400 terrestrial and celestial...Read More

  • 5. Minoritenkirche

    1st District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Minoritenplatz is named after its centerpiece, the Minoritenkirche, a Gothic affair with a strange stump of a tower, built mostly in the 14th...Read More

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  • 6. Palais Ferstel

    1st District | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Not really a palace, this commercial complex dating from 1856 is named for its architect, Heinrich Ferstel. The facade is Italianate, harking...Read More

  • 7. Palais Harrach

    1st District | House/Mansion/Villa

    Mozart and his sister Nannerl performed here as children for Count Ferdinand during their first visit to Vienna in 1762. The palace, next door...Read More

  • 8. Palais Kinsky

    1st District | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Just one of the architectural treasures that comprise the urban set piece of the Freyung, the Palais Kinsky is the square's best-known palace...Read More

  • 9. Schottenhof

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This shaded courtyard typifies the change that came over Viennese architecture during the Biedermeier era (1815–48). The Viennese, according...Read More

  • 10. Schottenkirche

    1st District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    From 1758 to 1761, Bernardo Bellotto did paintings of the Freyung looking north toward the Schottenkirche; the pictures, which hang in the...Read More

  • 11. The Freyung

    1st District | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This square, whose name means "freeing"—so called, according to lore, because for many centuries monks at the adjacent Schottenkirche had the...Read More

  • 12. Third Man Portal

    1st District | House/Mansion/Villa

    This doorway (up the incline) was made famous in 1949 by the classic film The Third Man . It was here that Orson Welles, as the malevolently...Read More

  • 13. Volksgarten

    1st District | Park/Playground

    Just opposite the Hofburg is a green oasis with a rose garden, a shining white 19th-century Greek temple, and a rather wistful white-marble...Read More

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