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9 Feb 2008

Vienna - Attractions Guide

List of most of the attractions in Vienna with quick information:

AV03 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Albertina (Mozart exhibit)


AV04 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Ancient Armour and Weapons Museum


AV05 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Antique Musical Instruments Museum

Details: The Museum of old instruments is one of the collections inside Neue Burg and there you may see the pianos, where Mozart, Beethoven, Joseph Hayden and Franz Schubert used to perform their works. Even more famous is their collection of renaissance-instruments - it is considdered the most precious collection of these instruments. Another highlight in their collection is a Klavichord, dating back to 1596 - it is able to imitate various instruments and even the singing of birds.
Another highlight of the museum is a small-scale model of the city of Vienna. It dates back to the year 1845, and shows still the medieval townwalls around the city - that wall was taken down later-on in order to build Ringstrasse, as you may see it nowadays !
The Museum of old instruments is open
daily except tuesday 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m

AV01 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Belvedere

Details: The Oberes Belvedere (Upper Belvedere Palace), which was built in 1721–23, for Prince Eugene of Savoy, offers terrific views across the gardens to the Unteres Belvedere (Lower Belvedere) and the city beyond. Artwork from the middle ages and the Baroque era is featured in the Unteres Belvedere. The Oberes Belvedere houses art from the 19th-century classical, Romantic and Biedermeier periods on the second floor and post-1918 art on the ground floor. The first floor, however, is what draws visitors, with paintings by Gustav Klimt (including der Küss), Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and other fin-de-siècle artists.
Location: Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Prinz Eugenstrasse 27
Tel: (01) 79557.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1800. Closed Dec 24-25.
Admission charge.

AV06 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Danube River cruise


AV07 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Ephesus Museum


AV08 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Fine Arts Museum


AV09 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Haus der Musik (House of Music)

Details: The Haus der Musik is a major addition to Vienna’s museum scene, offering a link between technology and art. It includes the museum of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, where visitors are given the opportunity to view the last New Year’s Day Concert, the Sonosphere, where many aspects of sound are presented, using hands-on computer technology and giant instruments, the Virtual Conductor, where visitors can use virtual technology to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brain Opera, an interactive musical environment with unique ultramodern musical instruments. There are also historic displays of great Viennese composers, from Haydn to Berg, a wine bar, a café and several concert rooms. All exhibitions are presented in both German and English and anyone can happily spend hours here, whether musically inclined or not. Open daily 1000-2200.
Location: Seilerstätte 30
Tel: (01) 516 48.

AV10 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Hofburg

Details: The Imperial Palace until 1918, the Hofburg is almost a city in itself. Today, it houses the office of the Austrian president, an international conference centre, a number of museums, the chapel where the Vienna Boys’ Choir sings and the hall in which the Lipizzan stallions perform. Visitors can tour the Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments), including Franz Joseph's and Sisi's (Empress Elisabeth's) private rooms, the great audience hall, dining rooms and staterooms. The Silberkammer (Imperial Silver Collection) is also on show. The Schatzkammer (Treasury), Schweizerhof 1, contains stunning exhibits that exemplify the power and wealth of one of Europe’s most important empires. The Imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire rests here, as does the crown of the Austrian Empire, the 15th-century Burgundian treasure and the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The Sisi Museum, which opened in 2004 to commemorate the 150th wedding anniversary of Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph, showcases many personal objects and some of the most famous portraits of the beautiful empress. Last but not least, the State Hall of the Austrian National Library is a jewel of profane baroque architecture and one of the most beautiful historical libraries in the world, and should not be missed. Hofburg is a giant area in the very centre of vienna and it includes all of the buildings between Albertina - Nationalbibliothek - Ballhausplatz and between the Burg-Ring and the stables of the Vienna White Horses / Lippizaner. The Hofburg used to be the living-quaters of the austrian emperors and their employees and today you may see most of these rooms that were transfered into various museums. Even when you do not have enough time to enter any of these museums, you may still spend 1-2 hours to enjoy all of the interesting details of the parks and buildings of Hofburg :
Michaelator - the giant gate under the golden dome of Hofburg takes you to Amalienburg ( the large innercourt with great renaissance-facades and a giant monument in the centre.)
Schweizertor is the most beautiful side-gate and it is dating back to the 16th century.
Neue Burg is the big building with the statue of Prinz Eugen in front of it.
In Burggarten you may see the lovely Mozart-monument, the Palmenhaus and the Schmetterlingshaus with exotic butterflies humming in the former Orangerie of the emperor... Schatzkammer is the treasury of the Hofburg and it shows various crowns of the Austrian empire, precious gold- and silverplates and cutleries, and even a 33-meters long centre-piece made of gold-bronze, it was ment as a table-decoration for banquets at the royal court. The oldest crown in Schatzkammer dates back to the 10th century and so it is no wonder, there is a real tresor-door at the entrance to this museum and a lot of people watching each of your steps through the collections !
Photography is not forbidden, but unfortunately it is quite dark in that museum !
Photography only without flash or tripod !!
the Schatzkammer is open daily except tuesday 10.00a.m.-06.00p.m.
at dezember 31st it is only open untill 01.00p.m.
it is closed january 1st + may 1st + november 1st !!
You can purchase a single ticket for all three museums or purchase the "Sisi Ticket", which entitles you to a visit to Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg with Audio Guide (Imp. Apartments, Sisi Museum, Imp. Silver Collection) and Imperial Furniture Museum • Vienna Furniture Museum).
Location: Innerer Burghof 1, Kaisertor State Hall of the Austrian National Library Josefsplatz 1
Tel: (01) 533 7570 (Imperial Apartments, Imperial Silver Collection and Sisi Museum) or 525 240 (Treasury). Tel: (01) 534 100.
www.hofburg.wien.info or www.hofburg-wien.at Website: www.onb.ac.at
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1700 (Imperial Apartments, Imperial Silver Collection and Sisi Museum), Wed-Mon 1000-1800 (Treasury). Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1800, Thurs 1000-2100.
Admission charge. Admission charge.

AV11 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Kaisergruft (Imperial Burial Vault)

Details: The Imperial Burial Vault in the Kapuzinerkirche (Capuchin Church), which was build between 1622 and 1632, is well worth a visit. The vault became the burial place of the Hapsburgs and the highlight is the double casket of Maria-Theresa and Franz I.
Location: Neuer Markt 1
Tel: (01) 5126 853/16.

AV12 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: KunstHausWien (Vienna Art House)

Details: KunstHausWien is the unmistakable architectural expression of Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s unique vision. Appearing like a Klimt painting as seen through a kaleidoscope, the building contains an exhibition of Hundertwasser’s artwork as well as a bright café with a chic clientele and relaxing garden. The goulash is excellent. The nearby Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment project, which can only be viewed from the street.
Location: Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
Tel: (01) 712 0491.

AV25 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Kunsthistorisches Museum

Details: If you're an art buff don't miss the Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the finest in Europe. The Habsburgs loved to collect, and many goodies found their way back to Vienna from their extensive territories. It's impossible to see the whole museum in one visit, so plan ahead or expect to indulge in repeat excursions.
Rubens was appointed to the service of a Habsburg governor in Brussels, so it is not surprising that the museum has one of the best collections of his works. The collection of paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is also unrivalled.
The works by Canova, Vermeer, Dürer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Van Dyck, Cranach, Caravaggio, Canaletto and Titian aren't bad and there are extensive collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts, and sculpture and decorative arts covering the Austrian high baroque, Renaissance, mannerist and medieval periods, including Cellini's famously over-the-top salt cellar.
The building itself has some delightful features. The murals between the arches above the stairs were created by three artists, including a young Klimt (northern wall), painted before he broke with classical tradition.

AV02 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts)

Details: This museum was built to house the Imperial Hapsburg collections in one place, although these have now grown to such an extent that some are housed in the Hofburg and in Schönbrunn Palace (see above). The grand staircase in the Kunsthistorisches Museum provides passage to the galleries, which include the Antiquities, Egyptian-Oriental and Coin collections. The Kunstkammer (art chamber) houses sculpture and decorative arts. The Gemäldegalerie (picture gallery) has works by Old Masters, including Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian, and the most comprehensive collection of Brueghels in the world.
Location: Maria-Theresien-Platz 1
Tel: (01) 525 240.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1800 (until 2100 Thurs).
Admission charge.

AV13 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Mozarteum


AV14 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: MuseumsQuartier

Details: On the site of the former imperial stables, this large cultural complex, which opened in 2001, is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Don’t miss the excellent Leopold Museum, a must for anyone interested in Austrian art, and MUMOK, the Museum of Modern Art. The MuseumQuartier is a very pleasant place to hang out for a few hours, especially in summer, as the place is packed with students and young people relaxing outside or in one of the many cafes.
Location: Museumplatz 1
Tel: (01) 523 5881 or 525 70-0 (Leopold Museum) or 525 00 (MUMOK).
www.mqw.at or www.leopoldmuseum.org or www.mumok.at
Opening hours: (Leopold Museum) Wed-Mon 1000-1900, Thu 1000-2100. (MUMOK): Tue-Sun 1000-1800, Thu 1000-2100.
Admission charge.

AV23 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Parliament


AV15 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Prater

Details: The Prater is a giant wooded park, fairground and the location of one of Vienna’s most famous sights – the century-old Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel). Harry Lime fought here in The Third Man (1949) and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy fell in love here in Before Sunrise (1995).
Location: Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) Prater 90
Tel: (01) 969 7817 or 728 0516.
Tel: (01) 729 5430.

AV16 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Ringstrasse

Details: Ringstrasse is the traditional center of the city.

AV17 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Royal Treasury (by the Royal Apartments)


AV18 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Schloß Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)

Details: Schönbrunn Palace is Vienna’s answer to Versailles and was used as the summer residence of the Habsburgs from the 18th century until 1918. Of the 1,411 rooms in the palace and its adjacent buildings, 40 state rooms are open to the public. The golden-yellow palace is set within equally magnificent gardens, landscaped in the Baroque style, with some fabulous views. The palace and gardens are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Gloriette is a triumphal arch that stands on the hilltop behind the palace and affords a stunning view over the grounds and the city beyond. The Palmenhaus (Palm House) is an excellent example of late 19th-century architecture, with cast iron columns delicately holding up the glass walls and roof. The world’s oldest zoo can be found in the park. It was commissioned in 1752, to amuse and educate the court. This sumptuous baroque palace is one of Vienna's most popular attractions. It has 1441-rooms-worth of imperial splendour (of which 40 can be visited), complete with a classically landscaped garden. Additional attractions (with separate entrance fees) include a maze and the world's oldest zoo.
The pinnacle of finery is reached in the Great Gallery. Gilded scrolls, ceiling frescoes, chandeliers and huge crystal mirrors create the effect. Numerous sumptuous balls were held here, including one for the delegates at the Congress of Vienna (1814-15).
The Mirror Room is where Mozart (then six) played his first royal concert in the presence of Maria Theresa and the royal family in 1762. His father revealed in a letter that afterwards young Wolfgang leapt onto the lap of the empress and kissed her.
The Round Chinese Room is over the top but rather ingenious too. Maria Theresa held secret consultations here: a hidden doorway led to her adviser's apartments and a fully laden table could be drawn up through the floor so the dignitaries could dine without being disturbed by servants.
Location: Schönbrunn Palace
Tel: (01) 811 13 ext. 239.Schönbrunnner Schlossstrasse 1130
Tel: 01 811 13 (info)
Tel: 01 811 11 333 (booking)
Opening hours: Daily 0830-1700 (Apr-Oct, until 1800 Jul and Aug), daily 0830-1630 (Nov-Mar). Hours: Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct 8:30am-5:00pm, Jul-Aug 8:30am-6:00pm, Nov-Mar 8:30am-4:30pm Palace opening hours
1st April to 30th June 8.30 am to 5 pm
1st July to 31st
Complete : EUR 36. Imperial Tour - EUR 8.90

AV19 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Spanische Hofreitschule (Spanish Riding School)

Details: For over 400 years, the horses of the Spanish Riding School have performed their elegant manoeuvres at the Imperial Stables. The Lipizzaner Museum Wien (situated at the stables) traces the history of these renowned performing horses and offers the opportunity to see into the animals’ quarters. The easiest way for visitors to see the horses in action is at their morning training sessions, 1000-1200 Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets to the training sessions, which involve classical dressage exercise to music, are only available at the door on the day. Tickets for the actual performances are in high demand and need to be booked well in advance. The season generally runs from March to June and from September to December. Gala performances vary from month to month, usually Saturday or Sunday mornings and occasionally Friday evenings. Tickets are available on the Internet, by post or by fax and cost and are expensive (standing room is cheaper). Final dress rehearsals before the season starts are cheaper and tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Location: Michaelerplatz 1 (Riding School ticket office), Reitschulgasse 2 (Lipizzaner Museum)
Tel: (01) 533 9031 (Riding School) or 5252 4416 (Lipizzaner Museum).
www.spanische-reitschule.com or www.lipizzaner.at
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1800 (museum), Tues-Sat 1000-1200 (morning training sessions). Guided tours Tues-Sat in the afternoon. Gala performances are usually held on Sunday morning at 1100, occasionally on Friday evenings.
Admission charge.

AV20 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: St. Ruprecht

Details: St. Ruprecht is Vienna’s oldest church.

AV21 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Staatsoper


AV22 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: Stephansdom (St Stephen’s Cathedral)

Details: The imposing St Stephen’s Cathedral marks Graben’s eastern end and is easily spotted, due to its brightly coloured roof tiles, from more distant viewpoints. Construction began on the cathedral in the 12th century and was completed in 1433. Major restoration and rebuilding work was necessary after the cathedral caught fire at the end of World War II. The incredible latticework spire of this Gothic masterpiece is a focal point for all visitors. The dominating feature of the church is the skeletal 136m (446ft) Südturm, or south tower; nicknamed 'Steffl', it has a cramped viewing platform but is worth an elbow or two to get a glimpse of the enchanting postcard views of Vienna.
The church was re-created in Gothic style at the behest of Habsburg Duke Rudolf IV in 1359, who laid the foundation stone and earned himself the epithet of 'The Founder' in the process.
Südturm took 75 years to build and was to be matched by a companion tower on the north side, but the imperial purse withered and the Gothic style went out of fashion, so the half-completed tower was topped off with a Renaissance cupola in 1579. Austria's largest bell, the Pummerin ('boomer bell'), was installed here in 1952.
A striking feature of the exterior is the glorious tiled roof, showing dazzling chevrons on one end and the Austrian eagle on the other; a good perspective is gained from the northeast of Stephansplatz. The cathedral suffered severe damage during a fire in 1945, but donations flowed in from all over Austria and the cathedral was completely rebuilt and reopened in just three years.
Location: Stephansplatz 1
Tel: (01) 515 523 767.
Opening hours: Daily 0600-2200, services Sat 1900 and Sun 1015 (Sep-Jun), Sun 0930 (Jul-Aug), guided tours Mon-Sat at 1030 and 1500, Sun 1500. Hours: Mon-Sat 6:00am-10:00pm, Sun 7:00am-10:00pm
Admission charge.

AV24 City: Vienna
Name of Attraction: The Giant Ferris Wheel

Details: The Giant Ferris Wheel, trademark of Austria's capital city and a symbol of Vienna's world-famous Prater, creates a very special point of reference for every visitor with its unmistakeable silhouette, clearly visible even from great distances.
A circular trip on one of the most significant and fascinating structures in the world, and the unique view of the city of Vienna, make the Giant Ferris Wheel an absolute cultural and architectural must for every visitor to Austria's capital.
01. January - 28. February 10.00 - 20.00 Uhr
01. March - 30. April 10.00 - 22.00 Uhr
01. May - 30. September 09.00 - 24.00 Uhr
01. October - 31. October 10.00 - 22.00 Uhr
01. November - 31. December 10.00 - 20.00 Uhr
Admission: Adults Euro 8,00

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