Vienna City Guide

Vienna City, Austria
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Vienna is the capital of Austria in Europe. It is the largest city in the country. The capital is studded with old remains of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Situated along the River Danube, the city is known all over the world for its cafes, confectionary, and coffee. You are sure to fall in love with this city.

There are numerous places to see in Vienna. But you must start your journey by visiting the Museum of Fine Arts. This is one of the best art museums in the world. Its great collection includes works by artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, and Velazquez. The museum also holds a fine collection of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, apart from an impressive collection of coins.

The Schatzkammer or the Imperial Treasury is also a must-see. The treasury contains the Habsburgs’ collection of crowns and jewels that are said to be the best in Europe. The New Palace is also of immense interest to the tourists. Part of the Imperial Palace, the New Palace has a magnificent weapons collection. This collection is the second-largest collection of its kind in the world. Among the palaces of Vienna, the Belvedere is one of the most important. It was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The palace has been converted into a museum now, and houses some of the best-known works of art in the world. There is also a beautiful collection of tapestries inside the museum.

From here on, you can proceed to see the Giant Ferris Wheel. Built in the year 1897, the Ferris wheel stands at a height of 212ft. It has 15 cabins with glass windows that offer a spectacular view of the city of Vienna. The Sisi Museum also attracts many tourists, especially women. Dedicated to Empress Elisabeth ‘Sisi’ Habsburg, this museum showcases her personal items such as her clothes and letters. The death mask created after Sisi was assassinated in the 1898 is also displayed here.

Vienna’s other must-see attractions include its wine taverns. Most of these wine taverns are situated a few kilometers outside the capital city. They are called Heurigen in the local language. A majority of the wine taverns will serve you a small spread of snacks consisting of blood sausages, cheese spreads, breads, and potato salad in addition to the wine.

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