This country’s capital has it all: world class architecture and museums, rich history, vibrant nightlife and more than a few sights for all lovers of art, sports and music. Vienna is Austria’s primary city, as well as its cultural, economic and political centre.
As the seventh largest city of the European Union by population, Vienna has only the impressive line-up of London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Bucharest to bow down to. It goes without saying then that this global player has a lot to offer for fans of city trips. Major attractions include imperial palaces, operas, theatres and museums, the famous Lipizzaner horses at the spanische Hofreitschule (Spanish Riding School), and of course the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
Imperial Palace – Hofburg
When we say ‘rich history’, that’s exactly what we mean. For more than seven centuries, the great empire of the Habsburgs was ruled from Vienna. Specifically, from within the Imperial Palace in the center of the old city. The impressive Imperial Palace was originally built as a castle in the thirteenth century, but was later extended to a majestic residence as the family’s power expanded as well.
Nowadays you can admire the legacy of the noblest family of the Habsburg monarchy, as numerous museums and collections represent the family’s passion for art. There’s also tons of private apartments and state rooms to take you back to the olden days of the Habsburg Empire – including a proper Sisi Museum dedicated to the celebrated Empress Elisabeth. Among the highlights are numerous personal objects as well as the most famous portraits of the beautiful empress.
Today, the Imperial Palace houses the office of the President of Austria as well as numerous art collections. For a full overview of all what the Imperial Palace has to offer, including its art collections, the National Library and the Gothic Imperial Chapel (where the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs during High Mass on Sunday), visit
Vienna Ring Tram
Vienna is old, Vienna is new, as they say. Barock, Art Nouveau, right up to the latest architecture – it’s all there for you to explore. And have we mentioned the city boasts over a hundred museums? A city trip by tram might not sound that spectacular, but believe us: it’s the best way to take it all in for the first time. The Vienna Ringstrasse, or Ring Boulevard, is 4 kilometres long and circles the city centre, making it a leisurely yet very practical option to explore all the glorious sights. The Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall and much more will be part of your tram ride, that includes audio-visual information offered by the multimedia system. The Vienna Ring Tram departs on a lap of the Ring every 30 minutes from Schwedenplatz. You can get to know Vienna’s innercity all year round, daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
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