The must sees when coming to Vienna!
There is nothing like Vienna. Ten times in a row, Vienna was elected as the most liveable city worldwide. Wow – there are multiple reasons for that. So when traveling to Vienna and you are planning to visit our cultural highlights, you shouldn’t miss:
1: Vienna Ringstrasse
Our most famous boulevard! My personal favorite and #1 sight! It started in medieval times when we kidnaped King Richard Lionheart. The Brits paid around 50 carriages full of gold and silver and we used the money to build our first strong stone based city wall. 3 miles of length and up to 30 feet of height.
Very well done – because the Ottoman empire tried more than once to take over our city. They were standing in front of Vienna’s immense walls in 1529 and 1683. Both times we were able to defeat them.
So in the middle of the nineteenth century our former ruler Francis Joseph (1848-1916) commissioned to knock down the walls to build an amazing boulevard of impressive palais and monuments mixed with elegant luxury homes. It took us more than 50 years to create one of the worlds finest “Boulevard of dreams” in Vienna. We didn’t finish all our plans, but more than 900 stunning new homes were finished, mostly financed by local Jewish upper class citizens. Today a world heritage and you will be blown away by the endless amount of beauty along Vienna’s Ringstrasse!
2: Schönbrunn Palace
For more than 640 years the Habsburg family ruled Austria. As well the ruled in Spain, Hungary, northern Italy, Romania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Poland and many more countries all around Europe. Their headquarter was Vienna and their main residence was called Hofburg palace. Like every successful European noble family, they constructed hundreds of summer residences as well all over. Beside the hundreds of smaller and bigger hunting lodges, family homes there is this very special, magical, extraordinary summer residence called Schönbrunn palace. More than 1440 rooms, the nicest interior design you can imagine and a delightful garden including the oldest animal zoo worldwide. Schönbrunn Palace is part of the World Cultural Heritage and Austria’s most visited sight. This Baroque synthesis of different arts, consisting of a palace and gardens, has been in the possession of the Habsburgs for centuries, and is today largely in its original historical condition. Visitors will find numerous attractions, from a tour through the authentically furnished residential and representational rooms of the Imperial family in the Palace, through the maze and the labyrinth in the garden to a separate children’s museum.
3: Belvedere Palace
When art meets beauty. The outside is stunning – a real wow. The view from Belvedere palace garden, overlooking Vienna, is the best you can get. The upper Belvedere wasn’t built to live inside, it was built as a party house. Haaaa – what a luxury party location. The owner, Prince Eugen from Savoy, was one of the richest man ever in our history. Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663 -1736), succesful general and art connoisseur, had Belvedere garden palace built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as his residence. Prince Eugene was the most successful military leader ever in our history, has beaten the Ottoman empire a couple of times and finally ended up as number one advisor of three different emperors. What a man! His story is amazing. His art collection was tremendous.
Now we are using his palaces as museums showing Austrian art. The Belvedere is not only a magnificient Baroque palace but also houses one of Austria’s most valuable art collections, like key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
4. Vienna center and the loveliest sidewalk cafés
The very best way to discover the uniqu beauty of Vienna, is hiring a private guide. Peter and his team from Wienguide Private Tours is our local expert team in Vienna. Its a private owned small family business.