Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, with a population of over 1.8 million. It’s located in the northeastern part of the country, on the banks of the Danube river. Vienna is famous for its various and stunning architecture, from traditional to modern buildings all over the city. Known as well for its coffee culture, the city offers many lovely coffee places to have a rest while visiting the sights of Vienna. While they are a wide range of interesting places to see, I will highlight some of my favorite places I’ve visited.
The Stephansdom (St.Stephen’s Cathedral) is situated in the hearth of Vienna’s inner city and is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. It is particularly famous for its majestic towers, which have dominated Vienna’s skyline for centuries. While the interior of the cathedral is rather modest, it’s worth going up to the south tower (136 meters) to enjoy a beautiful view across Vienna.
The Karlskirche (St.Charles’s Church) is a baroque church located on the southern edge of the inner city, built between 1716 and 1739. From the exterior as well as from the interior, the church has a fascinating architecture. The color scheme of the church’s inside is characterized by bright and red marble, with the use of gold leaves, and accompanied by beautiful frescos.
The baroque garden park of the Schloss Belvedere (Belvedere palace), a historic building complex divided in two main buildings of the 18th century, is a further highlight of Vienna’s sites. It is situated on the south-eastern edge of Vienna’s center. The gardens link the two Belvedere palaces, decorated with some lovely flower beds, antique sculptures and fountains.
Vienna is also home to a number of art museums of international reputation. Some of them are located in the Museumsquartier, one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world, offering some interesting exhibition spaces and cultural activities. Among them, there is a museum called mumok (Museum moderner Kunst) which has a collection of about 10’000 modern and contemporary art works, including major works from 20th century artists, such as Andy Warhol or Pablo Picasso.
If you are interested in graffiti and street art, I highly recommend you to walk along the Donaukanal (Danube Canal), a former arm of the river Danube within the city of Vienna. Most wall paintings are located between the metro station Schwedenplatz and Schottenring. There are as well some lovely outdoor coffee bars along the way, a must during summer days! The paths on both sides of the canal are also regularly used by joggers and cyclists.