Vienna’s must-see palaces, churches and cathedrals

Vienna's must-see palaces

Vienna is a wonderful city to visit, especially if you’re a history buff. The former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna is also famous for being the birthplace of the Habsburgs, a dynasty that has been much talked about in our time. That’s why you’ll find such magnificent, gigantic buildings here. There’s no shortage of opulence to testify to the power of the emperors. The Second World War ravaged the city. But it has undergone major reconstruction to modernize and refurbish many of its attractions. Book one of our hotels in vienna city center for a relaxing stay.

The Hofburg royal residence 

The royal residence of the Hofburg is one of the most popular monuments. Its construction dates back to the 13th century, and it was here that the emperors of the time resided. This imperial palace is also the birthplace of such historical celebrities as Marie-Antoinette and Empress Maria Theresa. Nowadays, this royal residence serves as the workplace of the current president. The residence attracts a great deal of curiosity from locals and tourists alike.

The Hofburg is in fact a vast complex. It houses the Sisi Museum (Empress Elisabeth’s nickname), admission to which is included in the general admission ticket. The palace complex also houses Austria’s magnificent national library. 

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is also a must-see in Vienna, as it’s one of the most magnificent places to visit. Its Baroque style and luxurious appearance are particularly appealing. Tourists particularly appreciate the beauty of the gardens that border the palace. It’s a magnificent garden with fountains and a labyrinth where you’d love to get lost. Stand on the gazebo and enjoy a magnificent view of the city and its vibrant life, and the beauty of its parks and zoo.

This tourist site is close to several hotels in vienna city centre, so book your stay now !

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Stephansdom Cathedral or Vienna Cathedral, it doesn’t really matter: this monument is quite simply emblematic of Vienna and a source of curiosity for foreign visitors. We love its typical 14th-century Romanesque and Gothic architectural style. On site, you can access the towers by climbing 343 steps to be exact, but the view of the center of Vienna at the end is well worth the effort.

MuseumsQuartier (MQ) and Maria-Theresian Platz

This is a paradise for art and museum lovers, and a favorite haunt for fans of unusual architecture. Some sixty cultural institutions await you. In the MuseumsQuartier, for example, you’ll find the Leopold Museum, largely devoted to modern Austrian art. Here, you’ll find masterpieces by great artists such as Schiele and Gustav Klimt. It’s open daily (in summer) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets for adults cost 14 euros.

And the Maria-Theresien Platz is right next to the MuseumsQuartier. On this square, you’ll find the Museum of Art History, with antiques and classics such as Velázquez. The Natural History Museum is also opposite. Not far from here, you’ll have the chance to contemplate the impressive statue of Maria Theresa the Empress. And that’s not all: this square is also the venue for numerous cultural events, including Vienna’s most important Christmas markets. 

If you need more than a day to visit this museum, we invite you to book one of the nearby hotels in vienna city center.

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