Monuments And Interesting Facts About Vienna: 10 Places You Need To See

Everybody should see Vienna, there's no doubt about it. The capital city of Austria reflects elegance and connects the emperor history with modern architecture. It offers both the visitors and the inhabitants a lot of unique hidden and stunning places. We have prepared for you a list of the most beautiful and most popular ones. Which monuments and interesting places are worth seeing?

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1. Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) 

If you don't visit Stephansdom in Vienna, it's like you were not in Vienna at all. This monumental Gothic cathedral is located in the heart of the city, on the Stephanplatz square. In the 12th century, there was a Roman church in its place, which was later re-built in the Gothic style.

Interesting is that the cathedral was destroyed during World War II but it was rebuilt within seven years. Despite the reconstruction, services were held there every day. Musical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart got married in the St. Stephen's Cathedral.  

If you take all 343 steps of the southern tower up, you can enjoy the view of the whole city.

2. Rathaus (Vienna City Hall)

The Vienna city hall, a neogothic building from the 19th century, is mainly known for the biggest Christmas market that takes place there every year. But the hall is there the whole year.

It is dominated by the hundred-metre tall tower with the famous Rathausmann on its top. Long time ago, this little iron man was donated to the city by a locksmith master. The city hall is the seat of the mayor and the city council. There is a large courtyard in its centre that is often used for concerts. Its interior is also stunning. The most famous room is the meeting place of the city senate - its ceiling is covered by golden leaves and there is a giant art nouveau lamp.

3. Hundertwasserhaus - Hundertwasser Apartment House

The Hundertwasser apartment house is quite different than the previous two monuments. Situated near the city centre, it was finished in 1985. It's one of the most colourful places in Vienna. This apartment house is named after painter and sculptor Friedensreich Hundertwasser who designed the building.

Each of the 52 apartments of the house is of a different colour and facade structure. The trees growing on the roof of the building also grow around some of the apartments. The residents are mostly artists, intellectuals and architects.

It's said that this is the happiest place in Vienna - looking at the colourful house, everybody has to smile.

4. Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere Palace is one of the most popular monuments in Vienna and it's an essential part of the city history. It consists of the Upper and Lower Belvedere - two Baroque palaces, the Orangery, and extensive gardens.

The palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and it served chiefly to royal family members fleeing from the French Revolution. The palace is beautiful during the day and, impressively illuminated, stunning during the night. Its interior and the art collection containing a number of sculptures and paintings from the period from the 12th to the 16th century is also worth visiting.

5. Hofburg Palace

In the past, the Hofburg Palace served as a winter seat of the Habsburgs and, today, it's the seat of the Austrian President. It was built in the 13th century but the complex had grown during the many years afterwards. Today, apart from the President's office, it's also the Sisi Museum, the Austrian National Library or the place where the Roman treasure is kept.

Comprising 18 groups of buildings, 18 courtyards and 2,600 rooms, the Hofburg Palace complex is really extensive.

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6. Schönbrunn

Make sure you have a few hours for the visit to Schönbrunn as it is an impressive and extensive seat with beautiful architecture, much greenery in the large palace park and the labyrinth and the oldest ZOO in the world.

Emperor Leopold I had the Baroque palace built in 17th century and Empress Maria Theresa later changed it to their summer seat. There are 1441 rooms and apartments including those that were resided by the Empress herself. There is also Emperor Francis Joseph's bedroom with a small army bed in which he died.

You can't miss the Baroque gardens and park surrounding the palace, either. They are a popular place for walks. You will find here impressive Gloriette situated on the hill to which you can also take the known yellow train. There's a patisserie behind its windows where Maria Theresa allegedly had her breakfast.

7. Kunsthistorisches Museum - Museum of Art History

The Museum of Art History is one of the best museums in the world; if you are an art lover, don't miss it. You will find there several collections, for example artefacts from Egypt and Middle East or Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. The museum also includes the impressive art collection of the Habsburgs. You can admire here the artworks of great artists such as Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Tizian or Rafaello Santi and many others.

In addition, there is also a library with more than 36,000 historically important books under the roof of the museum.

8. Prater

The Prater amusement park has a rich history reaching back to the 12th century. In the past, the park served only to aristocracy and rulers and it was made available to the public by Emperor Joseph II.

The entry to the park is free of charge, you only need to pay for the individual attractions. The most photogenic and most visited attraction of Prater is Riesenrad - 65 m tall Ferris wheel that will allow you to enjoy a stunning view of the city.

9. Schmetterling Haus - House of Butterflies

In the centre of Vienna, you will find a tropical oasis with 400 flying butterflies from the whole world. You can relax from the busy city, surrounded by greenery and colours of tropical plants in one of the most beautiful greenhouse. The Butterfly house is a fascinating place for the whole family. It's part of the Hofburg Palace site and it's known for the fact that Empress Sisi together with the husband Francis Joseph also relaxed there often.

10. Naturhistorisches Museum - Natural Science Museum

In the Vienna Natural Science Museum, you can find unique pieces from the life on our planet. There are more than 20 million items from pre-historic gastropods through 200 years old and very precious taxidermied animals to life-size models of dinosaurs. The treasure of the museum is a bucket made of 2,100 diamonds and almost 800 precious stones Maria Theresa gave her husband.

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