Austria: Vienna’s Best Sightseeing & Attractions

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Stephansdom, Vienna

The interior of Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) in Vienna

Boys’ choirs, Strauss, waltzes – these things usually come to mind when Vienna becomes the topic of conversation. The capital of Austria, Vienna is also the largest city in the country. In 2001, the city center had the honor of being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This in itself it enough reason to visit the city, and you will be delighted to know that there is so much more to see in Vienna.

Historical buildings abound in the city. From Gothic to Baroque – you will see various architectural styles. Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) is a popular destination. This cathedral is a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and stands proudly in the heart of Vienna. Attending a service or any other event in this cathedral will certainly be an amazing experience. You also have to drop by Hofburg, which used to be the Imperial Palace. Inside the complex, you can visit the National Library, the Spanish Riding School, the Imperial Treasury, and many more. Other buildings of interest include the Belevedere Palaces and Schloss Schonbrunn.

Feel like taking a ride? Then go see the Riesenrad or the Giant Ferris Wheel. This was built way back in 1897 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. Don’t worry about your safety as it has been meticulously restored and it actually provides one of the best views of the city.

Mozart Figarohaus is another must visit – this is place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his family lived from 1784 to 1787. It is said that this is where he wrote “The Marriage of Figaro,” among many other works.

Whether you are into music, art, architecture, or nature, you will certainly find something to enjoy as you go sightseeing all over the city of Vienna.

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