Vienna is an exquisite sublime aristocratic city. It is called a city-museum, because there is the largest number of art objects per capita. The beauty of Vienna cannot be expressed in words, it needs to be seen once.
Despite the fact that Vienna is an ancient city with classical architecture, there are many modern futuristic buildings. Vienna will amaze you with its diversity to the heart, because everything is here: from classics to extreme. According to the influential magazine De Economist, Vienna is considered as the most comfortable city for the life of our planet. Here are the most stable economy in the world, the highest quality medicine and education and the longest life span – more than 80 years.
The cultural and intellectual heritage of the city was contributed by such famous people as VA. Mozart, L. Beethoven and Z. Freud. Vienna is also famous for its imperial palaces, among which Schönbrunn is the summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty. And in the Museum Quarter area in historical and modern buildings works of such artists as E. Schiele and G. Klimt are collected.
The capital of Austria has more than a dozen different theaters. Even if you are not a fan of Melpomene, you have to see these luxurious old buildings. In the first place – the Vienna State Opera on Opernring 2. It shows amazing opera and ballet performances, and stars from around the world consider it an honor to perform on this stage. By the way, the price of a ticket for a traditional performance on a weekday is quite acceptable. The nearest metro station is Karlsplatz (line U2). In Vienna there is also one of the largest and oldest theaters in the world – the Royal Burgtheater. You can get here on an excursion from September 1 to June 30 at 15:00. The cost of guided tour in German and English is 7 euros, tickets for performances cost from 5 to 59 euros. This famous theater is located on Universitätsring, 2. The nearest metro station is Rathaus (line U2). There are many other interesting theaters in Vienna. For example, Folkstheater is unique with its concerts of baroque music and experimental productions. Premieres of the famous Beethoven were held in the ancient theater of An der Wien. The Vienna Chamber Opera Theater pleases the theatergoers with its rarities, and the Folksopera is a multi-faceted stage art from opera of the 18th century to classical musicals.
Palaces and castles
Vienna is really a magnificent city, where palaces and castles, towers and fortresses are everywhere.
The famous Schönbrunn Palace served as the summer residence of the imperial dynasty of the Habsburgs, which ruled Austria for several centuries. In addition to the palace itself, with its magnificent baroque architecture and unique exposition, in Schönbrunn there are the Palm House, the Glorietta Pavilion, the most beautiful park and the oldest zoo. The palace is located on Schonbrunner Schlossstrasse, 47. The nearest metro station is Schonbrunn (line U4). The cost of the tour is from 10 euro for children up to 20 euros for adults. No less famous is the Belvedere Palace, which includes a large complex of buildings, consisting of the Upper and Lower Belvedere, as well as uniquely designed waterfalls, the first alpine garden in Europe and stables. In the upper part of the palace complex there is an art gallery, in which the best works of masters of the 19th and 20th centuries are collected. Address of the palace: Prinz Eugen Str. 27. The nearest metro station is Taubstummengasse (U1). The cost of the tour is from 20 euros.
Do not ignore the palace and park complex Hofburg, which strikes with its beauty and grandeur. It unites 19 palaces and 18 buildings, erected in different epochs in different architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Empire. There are 2600 halls and rooms here. Today, here is the official residence of the President of Austria. Hofburg is located on Hofburg-Michaelerkuppel, the nearest metro station is Herrengasse (U3). The entrance costs about 13 euros, the children’s ticket is about 8 euros. Several beautiful medieval castles are located in the suburbs of Vienna. Among them there are the castle of Kreuzenshtayn (in the village of Leobendorf) and the Castle of Liechtenstein (on the edge of the Vienna Woods to the south of Vienna).
Fans of cultural leisure can also look into one of the many museums in Vienna. For example, the famous Museum of Art History contains works by Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velasquez, Rubens and Bosch. It is located on Burgring 5, the entrance from Maria-Theresien-Platz. The nearest metro stations are Museumsquartier (U2) and Volkstheater (U3). Adult ticket costs 15 euros, children under 19 years old – free of charge. Also in Vienna there is the Albertina Museum, which keeps one of the world’s largest collections of printed graphics. And the Palace-Museum of Liechtenstein contains a huge princely collection of European art objects.
The Vienna Museum of Natural History is one of the top ten museums in the world and has more than 20 million exhibits, covering almost the entire natural history of our planet. Fans of psychoanalysis can visit the Museum of Sigmund Freud in house number 19 on Berggasse. And the bravest and mentally stable tourists can go to the Museum of Pathology, located in the Viennese Tower of the Madmen.
Despite its “museums”, Vienna is not a boring city at all. Near the center of Vienna there is an artificial canal for rafting. Descent in a general boat (for five people) costs 47 euros, a personal boat with an instructor costs 100 euros. The descent here is no less extreme than by a mountain river. There are also more procurable extreme in Vienna, for example, descent from a slope on a summer sledge costs just 4.5 euros. Moreover it accelerates to 40 km/h. Well, fans of the most acute sensations come to Vienna to make a jump from bungee jumping on the Danube Tower with a height of 152 meters. The price of this jump in the unknown is 188 euros. Although you can tickle your nerves only for 5 euros in the park “Prater” at the attraction “Heavenly swings” that circle you at the height of a 30-storey building.
Vienna is beautiful at any time of the year; there is always something to see. So do not think for a long time, but now plan your trip to one of the best cities in the world. You can find a suitable for you hotel in Vienna here – www.booking.com
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