Vienna on the Danube is the capital of Austria. This is the city that gives the world the legacy of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Mahler, Haydn and Strauss.
Hofburg Palace was built in the 13th century and was the Imperial Palace of the rulers of Austria in Innsbruck. Today it is the President of Austria official residence. Contained in this palace are chapel houses, a national library, six museums, a greenhouse and a winter riding school. In the chapel bronze statues of twelve Austrian Nobles are housed.
The Ringstrasse is a circular road built in the late 19th century surrounding the old town of Vienna – the Innere Stadt. In 1857 Emperor Franz Joseph I ordered the demolition of the city walls and moats and replaced with a wide Boulevard. There are many stately buildings, parks and monuments along the Ringstrasse. Famous monuments are the Mozart memorial and the golden statue of Johann Strauss. Magnificent buildings include the Vienna Opera House, City Hall, the Imperial Palace, the Burgtheater and the Parliament.
Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment house built by architects Joseph Krawina and Peter Pelikan in 1983 and 1986. It is a very unusual building located at Landstraße district on the corner of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse.. This apartment house has 52 apartments, three communal terraces and private terraces. The rooms have earth and grass roof, undulating floors and trees growing from inside the rooms.
This Baroque style imperial Summer palace has 1441 rooms and was built in the 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The property also houses a palace, monuments, Privy Gardens, the Neptune Fountain, sculptures, Roman Ruin, a labyrinth, restaurant and an orangutan enclosure.
The sisi Museum
This museum has six rooms that display personal items such as jewellery, clothes and portraits of the well-known of Austria-Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898). The Empress was often referred to as ‘ Sisi ‘.
The House of Music
The House of Music is located in the palace of the Hapsburg Dynasty’s Arch Duke Charles. It covers an area of over 5, 000 square meters tracing the science of music, the great composers and musicians of the past and present.
The Austrian National Library
This largest library in Austria is located in the Hofburg Palace. It was built under the authorization of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor in 1722. The library has a vast collection of 7. 4 million items.
Construction on Karlskirche also known as the St. Charles Church began in 1716 and completed in 1737. Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor wanted to build a church to the patron saint, Charles Borromeo after the great plague epidemic. It is located on the south side of Karlsplatz. The main attraction is the elongated ellipsoid shaped dome.
Built in 1147 it is also known as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the most important religious building in Vienna. It is located in the Stephansplatz and also the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna.
Maria am Gestade/St Mary on the Strand
This Gothic style church was built between 1394 and 1414 and is one of the oldest buildings in Vienna. It is located at Salvatorgasse 12 near the Donaukanal. The most outstanding feature of this cathedral is the open work tower standing 180 ft high.
A vacation to one of the top 10 destinations, Austria, wouldn’t be complete without a ski adventure. Known for ski resorts in the Alps is especially popular in the winter months. However, there are many places in Austria to visit other than winter resorts.
Vienna is one of the most visited cities in Europe. It is located on the Danube and all around the town is the most beautiful Wachau and the Vienna Woods. The city is full of historic buildings and museums. It is the birthplace of several important personalities such as Sigmund Freud and even Arnold Schwarzenegger have been.
Innsbruck is popular in the winter months and was the host of the Olympics twice, and is to host the first youth Olympics 2012. Tourism is the main source of in come for the local. This city is often considered the most beautiful in the entire region, and there is much to see and do here. The Golden roof has been named one of the most beautiful building in the world, and the Church offers hundreds of statues for you about to admire. Schloss Ambras offers to see many collections and treasures.
Salzburg is known as the city of churches, and is the fourth largest urban area in Austria. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and this was the home of Mozart. The city is located in the Alpine region. If you have seen the movie the «Sound of Music» several scenes took part in this city. In Salzburg you will also find Mirabell Castle and gardens, Castle Hellbrun, Zoo Hellbrunn, Salzburg fortress, and many other sights and places of historical interest.
Eisriesenwelt caves located about 40 km from Salzburg and here you can see a natural limestone Ice Cave. This is actually the largest ice cave in the world and is 42 km long. The cave is open only from May to October, and you are not allowed to take photos inside. Trip around the caves lasts over an hour.
Graz in an another UNESCO World Heritage and is also a university town. It is considered the cultural capital of Europe in 2003. The old town has a 1, 000 historical buildings. The city was influenced by many of the surrounding culture so you see Italian, Balkan and Central Europe influence. Schloss Eggenberg, old town of Graz, the Marien-lift, the art museum Graz, Graz clock tower and fortress and many other attractions are located here.
Großglockner Alpine road is a journey that will absolutely take your breath, and this is a street of 50 million people each year uses, as they admire the spectacular views available. Austrian quarters – the quarters of Habsburg in Vienna. This is actually a plant structures with more than twenty – six hundred rooms, the Imperial Silver collection and the Kaiser apartments.
The Schönbrunn Palace – the Palace in Vienna was used by the Habsburg royalty in the warm summer months, and it was named a UNESCO world cultural heritage. The elegance and opulence is amazing, both within the Palace outside in the gardens and plants. The St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna – It is a world-famous landmark, and the impressive Gothic architecture attracts visitors from all over the world. This is the most famous cathedral in Vienna, and potentially in Austria. St. Peter’s Church in Vienna – although St. Peter’s Church is not as big and impressive from the outside as some of the churches in Vienna. A tour takes 15 minutes or less, but the amazing works of art and design in the Church will always remain with you.