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City Orientation Tour, Vienna
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.3 km
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Author: leticia
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Vienna is one of the most beautiful and important cities in Europe. It contains some of the richest examples of Austrian history. Vienna attracts a large amount of tourists because of its wonderful parks, beautiful architecture and historic sites. This Vienna City Orientation Tour will show you the most interesting places the city has to offer.
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Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Belvedere Palace
The Lower Belvedere Palace is one of two such buildings that were added to this complex. It was the dream of Prince Eugene of Savoy, who was responsible for the design and the construction of this impressive place. There is a second part of the complex, called the Upper palace, which sits across from the Lower location. The Orangery and Royal Stables also makes up part of the whole complex of buildings that was Eugene’s home. The whole complex is located in the Third District of Vienna, and is...
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2) Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien
The locals call this place the Wien Museum. The name can be a bit deceptive though. The whole complex is actually a series of 19 different locations, all under the umbrella of the Vienna Museum. The driving focus and mission of the institution is to present the history of the city throughout the ages.

The main campus is the Karlsplatz. There is also a major secondary location at Hermesvilla. So, if you decide to visit, you will want to make sure and at least visit these two. Apart from that,...
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3) Karlskirche
This famous house of worship is located in Karlsplatz, Vienna, and is located just at the beginning of the First District. It sits about 200 meters from the Ringstrabe. The building represents one of Vienna’s finest examples of baroque style churches also. One of the really unique features of the place is its unusually shaped dome that sits atop the building. It is elongated in form.

The location has really become a very popular tourist attraction in recent times. This is due to the unusual...
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4) The State Opera
The State Opera is an impressive structure, with an equally impressive company of singers that perform there. The history of this location dates all the way back to around the 1860s. It is centrally located in the heart of Austria. The place was originally called the Vienna Court Opera. That name was changed by the Habsburgs during the early formation of the first Austrian Republic. This occurred in 1920. Many of the members of the Opera end up performing with the Vienna Philharmonic. The group...
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5) Burggarten
The Burggarten is located in Vienna’s 1st district. It was originally a garden on the grounds of the Hofburg Palace. The space was originally partially occupied by a wall that surrounded the palace and the city to protect against invaders. However, it did little to stop Napoleon’s advance upon the city and as he left portions of the wall were destroyed.

In the space where the wall had been, a beautiful formal garden was created on the palace grounds. The garden was created in the...
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6) Kunsthistorisches Museum
The very name of the place means “Museum of Art History.” Many locals just call it the KHM. The place was founded in 1891, and was designed at the same time as the Maria-Theresien Platz. Construction of the building lasted for 19 years. It is one of the most impressive art collections in all of Europe. Emperor Franz Joseph the First of Austria was responsible for the construction. It was designed mainly to hold the impressive art collection of the Hapsburgs.

The central structure on...
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7) Leopold Museum
This famous museum can be found in the so-called “Museumsquartier” of Vienna. If you only get a chance to see one museum while you are visiting, this may be your choice. It houses one of the largest Austrian centered collections of art in the world. You can visit and see the works of Kokoschka, Gerstl, Schiele, and even Klimt. All in all, there are more than five thousand exhibits.

The location is named for the famous couple - Rudolf and Elisabeth - who put the collection together over a...
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8) Naturhistorisches Museum
The Naturhistorisches Museum is part of the larger Wien complex of exhibits that is located all over the city of Vienna. The current facility has grown to over 90,000 square feet in size. In recent years, software has been developed to allow you to tour part of the place via a virtual tour.

The location is known worldwide, as it is one of the most important collections of items of natural history to be found anywhere. The project started over 250 years ago, and now features over 20,000,000...
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9) Hohes Haus
Hohes Haus in Vienna is located on the Ringstraße boulevard in the first district Innere Stadt, near the Hofburg Palace and the Palace of Justice. The foundation stone was laid in 1874; the building was completed in 1883. The architect responsible for its Greek revival style wasTheophil Edvard Hansen. He designed the building holistically, each element harmonizing with the others and was therefore also responsible for the interior decoration, such as statues, paintings, furniture, chandeliers,...
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10) Rathaus
The Rathaus is the building in Vienna that holds the local city government. The mayor of the city as well as the city council, all have offices there. This same location also serves as the state headquarters for the government of the State of Austria. It is called the Landtag.

This building got its start in 1872 and was designed by the noted architect Friedrich van Schmidt. Lovers of architectural style will note the classic Gothic design of the building. There is also a large tower that is...
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11) Burgtheater
The Burgtheater is the national theater of Austria. It also serves as one of the most important German theaters in all the world. It was founded in the year 1741. The place received its name from the audiences that have come to see plays there for centuries now. It is located on Ring Boulevard.

It started out as the home for the theatrical troupe. In 1888, though, the group moved to a new location that was procured by Gottfried Semper and C. von Hasenauer. Since that time, the current...
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12) Volksgarten
The Volksgarten “or roughly people’s park” is one of the most beautiful public outdoor places in all of Vienna. It is located in the Innere Stadt, which of part of the First District. The place was built over the top of the part of the city which was destroyed during the reign of Napoleon. The facility was finished and first opened to the general public in 1820.

This place is very famous for the gardens that are located within, especially the rose section. There is also a very famous...
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13) Hofburg
The Hofburg, for many centuries, was the official home of the Habsburg Empire. Each successive Emperor has added to the opulence of the place. The famous family used to make this their winter home. In more modern times, this is now the official home of the President of Austria. This place can trace its history all the way back to 1279, as the official seat of one government or another. The overall complex now includes official state rooms for the President, museums of various sorts that are all...
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14) Demel
Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel, or simply Der Demel, is a famous pastry shop and chocolatier in Vienna. It was founded in 1786 on the Michaelerplatz. In 1857, August Dehne (the son of the founder Ludwig Dehne) gave the company to Christof Demel, who moved the bakery to the Kohlmarkt, where the it is still located today in its original building. The white-aproned waitresses — the Demelinerinnen — address the customers using traditional, polite language, "Haben schon gewählt?" or...
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15) Julius Meinl am Graben
Discover the wonderful world of coffee at Julius Meinl. It has been a leading Austrian coffee shop for 145 years. The shop was established in 1862 as a professional seller of green, then later, roasted coffee. Its extensive selection of high quality coffees, teas and fine foods is sure to please any coffee lover.

What to buy here: Viennese coffee. To recreate the Viennese traditions of intellectual discussion over a long afternoon of coffee drinking you must visit Viennese institution, Julius...
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16) Graben Street
Der Graben is one of the most famous streets in all of Vienna. It dates back to Roman times, and has been an integral part of the city that whole time. Even Richard the Lion Hearted used this road to enter the city.

The name comes from an old trench that used to roughly follow the shape of the road. Eventually, it was filled in, which caused the Graben to be one of the first modern roads in the city.

It is located in the First District. You can start at Stock-im-Eisen-Platz and travel...
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17) Stephansdom
Stephansdom or St. Stephen’s Cathedral is an amazing work of art and a testament to one city’s love for their church. It is the home church of the Archbishop of Vienna. The large building can be seen from most of Vienna with its distinctive south tower that rises an impressive 445 feet in height. In fact this tower was manned by a night watchman until 1955, and his duty was to ring the “fire bell” if any fires broke out in the city at night. There was to be a twin north tower, but due to...
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18) The Prater
The Prater is a public park located in the Leopoldstast district of Vienna (2nd district). This beautiful park has around 250 attractions, but the one that really stands out is the Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad) which will allow you to take in the sights from 60 meters in the air. Built in 1897, this has been thrilling natives and visitors alike for over a century.

For those that need a bit more excitement than a leisurely ride, try the Prater Tower. This ride still offers great views...
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City Orientation Tour, Vienna