Vienna was everything we imagined and more; this wonderful clean city has an array of neoclassical buildings and palaces with many of Europe’s different styles represented. A beautiful city just to walk around which is just as well with the number of cafes and famous coffee houses you are tempted into.
Ringstrasse – Museums – Palaces – Opera House
The medieval City is ringed by the famous Ringstrasse (wide ring road boulevard) created in the 1860s following the route of the old city walls inspired by many of the wide boulevards built in Paris at the time.
Vienna continues to open new museums, many of them old palaces, situated in the Museum area on the Ringstrasse or close to it. Nearby is the famous beautiful Habsburg Palace and the Hofburg containing the Imperial Apartments dating back to Vienna’s Royalty.
The famous Sissi Museum (part of the Hofburg Imperial Apartments) is particularly interesting, which opened in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous Emperor and Empress, tracing Elisabeth’s (Sissi’s) life and displaying the beautifully restored apartments of Franz Joseph and Sissi.
Also on the Ringstrasse is the famous State Opera House restored after bomb damage from the war; the opera here is unique as it shows a different opera every evening!
The beautiful Schonbrunn Palace with its famous gardens can be reached by U Bahnn 15 minutes from the city.
Famous Spanish Riding School
Nearby is the magnificent Spanish riding School building, home of the Lipizzaner horses; Lipizzaner are the oldest breed of show horses in Europe. Needless to say you must book well in advance for a performance; we only managed the morning exercises. However it was a way of seeing the beautiful arena building as well as the horses being put through their paces.
Take a city tour in style on a Fiaker
We found there was no better way to view the old city than ride in one of the many horse and carriages, a fiaker. Your driver gives you a personal guide of all the magnificent buildings in a leisurely fashion. Many of the inner streets are restricted from traffic.
Hotel Konig Von Ungarn and medieval Vienna
We were fortunate enough to stay at this beautiful small hotel only 200 yards from St Stephen’s Cathedral right in the centre of medieval Vienna. Part of the hotel is based in Mozart’s former residence, the Figaro-Haus; the new Mozart museum is just round the corner.
See separate hotel description for the Hotel Konig Von Ungarn. There are many choices of accommodation in Vienna and I would be happy to advise. Why not extend your holiday and join a river cruise sailing from Vienna – ask for details.
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Photo: Habsburg Palace and the Hofburg (RG) 38