Vienna, the capital and the largest city of Austria has many beautiful places that will bring your imagination back to 1700s. A time whereby most of the cities in Europe were still ruled by Kings and Queens.
As for me, to explore a town, you may need at least 3 days to at least see the touristy place and visit the hipster cafe around the city. But too bad, some people dont have the luxury to do that, Like for those person who’s on business trip or on a transit, or some people like me, whose parents prefer to go on a tour rather than explore and get lost. haha.
1. Kunsthistorisches Museum ( Museum of Art History)
Welcome to the largest ART Museum in the country! This mega-museum was opened around 1891 by King of Hungary – Franz Joseph I, when Austria was still Austro-Hungarian Empire. This museum holds mostly paintings and sculptures. I do not know much about arts, but this museum building is just sooo pretty, more over with the octagon dome on the top!
2. St Stephen’s Cathedral & Old Town
Seems like most cities in central/eastern Europe has their own must visit scenic old town. A place whereby most good eats are, a great shopping place and of course a place for you to see and visit some historical sites.
St Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the must see when you’re in old town. It’s the mother church of Roman Catholic in Vienna and one of Vienna’s landmark.
3. Schonbrunn Palace
Where maybe some of us have some villa in Puncak or Bali, a queen named Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria and Francis I, Duke of Lorraine owned this extravagant palace for their summer residence. Surely this palace is the biggest residence that i have ever seen in my life. They have so many beautiful gardens for their 16 children to play in. Yes, Maria Theresa had 16 children, 10 of them were girls, and 1 of the 10 was the famous Marie Antoinette (Queen of France).
What i can say is, some European history are heavily influenced with Austrian history, since the Archduchess’ children were married to other European Dukes. The palace is one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque style, which now is a part of UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage due to historic importance. They Palace was wonderfully made inside out, too bad no photography allowed. So, just enjoy the outside few!
* this maze garden reminds me of maze runner film and romeo and juliet the movie. Dont you think so? *
4. Johann Strauss II Monument at Stadtpark
Austria is also well-known for the birthplace for many great composers / musicians. Even until now, many people still go to Austria to learn musics. And for the classic enthusiast, i am sure you all know who Johann Strauss is. Because even me, the music noobs know the famous ‘Voices of Spring’ by the master himself.
This gold monument were built by Edmund Hellmer and unveiled to the public on 26th June 1921. For you who love to listen to classics, there are daily concerts that you can attend to. They have many ticket sellers around this area, and they do have promotions for foreigners too!
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