Vienna Tours, Austria
If you are planning a tour of Austria, Vienna is a perfect place to start.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vienna Tours, Austria include cultural and historical attractions, stunning architecture and much more.
The Habsburg family ruled Austria for over six centuries, and Vienna was their base. The Hofburg Palace was built in the 13th century, then expanded and altered over the years, incorporating numerous architectural styles. Today it is home to the Austrian president.
Sunday mass provides an opportunity to hear the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Various parts of the palace are open to visitors, and this stunning building is well worth a visit.
Like all good European royalty, the Habsburgs also own a summer palace – the Schloss Schonbrunn. An overwhelming experience, the gilding and stucco are worth the journey alone, just for the pure magnificence of it all. The gardens are breath-takingly beautiful, and well suited to a peaceful stroll.
If you are taking a Vienna Tour, Austria, don’t miss St Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) has long been regarded as a landmark, with its magnificent tiled roof and spindly spires. It’s possible to climb up the south tower and enjoy the magnificent views. The nearby Haas Haus, completed in 1990, is more recent, and a source of controversy. Some say the beautiful old cathedral is crowded and degraded by its silver curves and glass. Others say it makes some very interesting reflections.
Close by is Kärntner Strasse, a pedestrian-only mall which provides hours of fascination for the visitor, with cafes, shops and street entertainers. A stroll here is a great way to get a real feel for the vibrant heart of Vienna.
Follow Kärntner Strasse south, to reach the Staatsoper (State Opera House), built in the 1860s. This opulent building was badly damaged in the 2nd world war, and was only reopened in 1955. Enjoy a performance or take a guided day tour of the Opera House. Nearby is the Burggarten, a lovely garden with statues of Mozart. The Butterfly House is also well worth visiting.
Although the list of places to visit in Vienna is very long, one not to miss is the Maria Theresa Platz. Flanked on two sides by the identical museums of Fine Art and of Natural History, it’s an excellent place to sit and contemplate the beauty of Vienna. Both museums are also worth losing yourself in for a while.
As a final touch to the day, the Prater Amusement Park is full of traditional fairground rides and stalls. The huge ferris wheel in the centre of the park provides a great view of the city at night.
Many people pass through Vienna in a hurry on a whistle-stop tour of Europe, and miss out on some of the city’s best attractions. Take your time and book a few Vienna Tours, Austria to make the most of this stunning city.