The world’s most beautiful boulevard – A trip around Vienna‘s magnificent Ringstrasse boulevard is always a special sightseeing experience whether you are on foot or taking a ride in a traditional fiacre. The magnificent boulevard is lined with parks and breathtaking buildings, such as the Imperial Palace. For more than 600 years it was the official residence of the Habsburg emperors. Today the impressive buildings contain important museums and state rooms.
Vienna’s Ringstrasse is 5.3 kilometers long. Long enough to provide space for numerous monumental buildings, which were built during the period of Historicism in the 1860s to 1890s. Today, the buildings that stand there – from the Vienna State Opera to the Museum of Fine Arts – are among the most important sights in the city of Vienna.
The most noteworthy buildings are not the palaces, but rather the large buildings such as the State Opera (built in the style of the Neo-Renaissance), the Parliament, City Hall (Flemish Gothic), the Burgtheater (New Baroque), the university (Neo-Renaissance), the Museum for Applied Art, the Vienna Stock Exchange, and the Votive Church (New Gothic), which were all constructed in the second half of the 19th century. Especially worth seeing are also the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, both of which were built in the Neo-Renaissance style. They not only hold awesome art and natural treasures, but are also architectural masterpieces.
A few tram stops away the Belvedere Palace– the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy – sits on an elevated site. It is home to the world’s largest collection of Klimt paintings including his most famous work, The Kiss.
Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s most important cultural assets, and since the 1960s has been one of Vienna’s major tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors each year. This baroque complex contains an enchanting park, the Palm House, the Gloriette and a zoo. Spend an entire day at Schönbrunn: visit the show rooms with a “Grand Tour with Audio Guide,” admire the splendid Bergl Rooms, and stroll through the “Labyrinth.”
Ever wonderdered which is the biggest palace complexe in the world? – Welcome to the Imperial Palace. Built by the Babenbergs, continuously expanded by the Habsburgs, it is now the home of museums, monuments and gardens. A must go for the history and art buff. Be prepared to spend the whole day here.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is at the religious and geographical heart of the city and the giant Pummerin bell features on television as it rings in the New Year.
Well we can go on, but Vienna is not all about History; lets try and explore the shopping and nightlife scene in Vienna – The city has its own very special note. And not just when it comes to music. When it comes to shopping, too, you’ll find much that is refreshingly different!
Shopping in the OLD CITY – Head to the old city for – Fashion & Accessories, Jewelery, Gifts & Souvenirs, Culinary Delight & Delicacies.
The “Goldenes Quartier” promises a luxurious shopping experience in a historic ambience. The new luxury shopping area lies between Tuchlauben, Bognergasse and Am Hof. High-end flagship stores of international designer labels can be found here: Prada, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Mulberry, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Pomellato, Brunello Cucinelli, Church’s, 7 for all mankind, Akris, Jimmy Choo, and Chanel. Home accessories and beautiful gifts can be found at Leiderleitner Home. “One of the most exclusive shopping districts in the city has been created in the heart of the 1st district, on the extension of the elegant Kohlmarkt”
The Kohlmarkt was once home to a large number of Imperial and Royal court purveyors; today, the stores of the big luxury brands line the street. The elegant Swiss watch and jewelry company Chopard has set up shop right at the start of the pedestrian zone. If you are a serious fashion buff (and no we are not talking about the ‘fakes/AAA copies’), and brands like Dolce & Gabbana,Michael Kors,Tiffany & Co.,Dior,Ferragamo,Gucci, Fendi,Giorgio Armani,Chanel, Cartier,Hermès……(the list goes on)….excite you, then this is the Mecca of shopping for you.
Vienna’s Nightlife – Vienna’s club scene is all about parties with music of the highest quality. Electronic music from Vienna is known for creating an international sensation – and with good reason. The parties range from chic to underground. Clubs such as Flex have already attained cult status. The program there is just as varied as at the city’s other party venues.
The establishments such as Chelsea, B72 and Rhiz, have been fixed features of Vienna’s nightlife scene for years. Flex, Grelle Forelle and Werk are just some of the clubs that make up the party area by the Danube Canal, which is joined by numerous beach bars in the summer. Night-owls also make their rounds on the Ringstrasse: at the Volksgarten Disco, Säulenhalle, Babenberger Passage and Albertina Passage as well as at the Platzhirsch. Live music is also played in many clubs in Vienna. This is mostly followed by a party with DJs. That is typical of Vienna’s entertainment landscape.
Most frequented clubs in Vienna – Chaya Fuera(a trendy club on the weekend & a venue for live music on the weekdays) – B72 ( Two floors full of DJ music and live programs – presently considered the hippest club) – Rhiz – (The place to go for advanced EDM) Chelsea (A sportsbar and more)- Arena (Punk bands, pop groups)- Porgy & Bess (One of the top 10 Jazz clubs in Europe).
Ideally we would recommed that you plan your stay in Austria as follows :
If you are on a European Soujurn here’s what you can club Austria with — Switzerland, Germany, Hungary(Budapest), Czech Republic(Prague)
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