Having hosted the Habsburg dynasty for centuries, Vienna, which was once the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved in 1918 and is now the capital of Austria, is known as an old European city. With the traces of war that you recognize as soon as you walk into the city and the historical artifacts from empires, Vienna is a city that has embraced art for centuries.
This matchless capital has been the subject of many works of art, such as the movie "Before Sunrise" made in 1995, and imprinted on memories with its streets. Now, we will take you on a journey to this romantic city, where you can feel the traces of old Europe on each of its pavements...
1.Hofburg Imperial Palace
Having served as the winter residence of several empires, including the Habsburg dynasty, the Hofburg Palace is also known as the birthplace of Marie Antoinette, a queen of France. Built in 1654, this gorgeous palace comprises architectural traces from the Middle Ages. This palace, one of the symbols of Vienna with its fascinating look, is just one of the must-see matchless historical artifacts in the city...
2.St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the most famous historical buildings in Vienna, is not only a historical monument but also a symbol of freedom for Austrians. St.Stefan's Cathedral, which served as a public shelter for the people in Vienna during several Ottoman sieges, is one of the most beautiful examples of gothic architecture.
Any visitor can sense Vienna's strong bond with art... It is still possible to see the marks of Gustav Klimt on the walls of Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the places revealing this bond. With a museum with different concepts on each floor, this building is one of the must-see spots in Vienna for the art-lovers.
4. Schönbrunn Palace
Having served as the summer residence of Habsburg dynasty, Schönbrunn Palace took its name from the fountain in its garden. In addition to numerous important cultural monuments, Schönbrunn Palace hosts the oldest zoo in Europe. This palace, one of the frequented places by tourists, welcomes its visitors in Vienna as a historical building that has been taken under protection with the UNESCO World Heritage List.
5. Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House, one of the greatest opera houses in the world, has hosted various historical shows and concerts since 1869. With the architectural richness fascinating at first glance, the Opera House is one of the most visited historical places in Vienna. It is an unforgettable experience for the art-lovers to visit this Opera House, where more than 60 shows take the stage annually.
6.Hundertwasserhaus (Hundertwasser House)
With its colorful facade and no straight elements, this art-house was co-created by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Joseph Krawina. Featuring the influence of the famous Spanish artist Gaudi, this house is one of the most stunning examples of expressionist architecture. After visiting the building, one of the must-explore places in Vienna, you can enjoy pleasant time in the café located on the ground floor.
7. Graben Street and Plague Column (Trinity Column)
Graben Street is one of the busiest and crowded streets in Vienna. With numerous cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and boutiques, this street is one of the central spots in Vienna. The Plague Column, located in the middle of Graben Street, is a monument built in Vienna in 1639 in memory of the people who died of the plague. Showing both the history of Vienna and modernization, this street is one of the must-see spots…
8. Micronation (Kugelmugel)
Having started to be built as a ball-shaped building in Vienna in 1971, Kugelmugel declared independence in 1976 and became a micronation. Enclosed by barbed-wire fences, this building is known as the "Anti-Fascism Square". Being currently administered by the government, this 30 square meter building attracts a great deal of attention from tourists.
9. Austrian National Library
Located within the Hofburg Palace, the Austrian National Library is a large and magnificent building hosting 8 million works. Being the largest library in Austria, this library fascinates the visitors not only with the works it holds but also with its architectural structure.