City Orientation Walking Tour I, Vienna

City Orientation Walking Tour I, Vienna
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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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Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour I
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: leticia
Rathaus

1) Rathaus (must see)

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...   view more
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Rathauspark

2) Rathauspark (must see)

The Rathauspark is one of the most visited parks in Vienna by locals. Designed in 1863 as a public park, it has been used and loved by local families and visitors alike since then. Its large open grassy spaces are perfect for a picnic, or find a sunny spot to read a book as well as its central access to the city. In the evenings, street vendors turn the park into an impromptu outdoor café and there is usually entertainment courtesy of street performers.

The park has a large square which is...   view more
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Burgtheater

3) Burgtheater (must see)

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...   view more
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Volksgarten

4) Volksgarten (must see)

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...   view more
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Neue Hofburg

5) Neue Hofburg (must see)

Neue Hofburg, or New Château, was an incredible addition to the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Its construction began toward the end of 19th century and concluded at the beginning of 20th century. The Neue Hofburg palace was the residence of Archduke Franz...   view more
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Schatzkammer

6) Schatzkammer (must see)

The Schatzkammer is official repository of the treasures of the old Empire of Austria. It is located in the whole Hofburg complex, so it can be visited at the same time you visit other locations there. Most days, you can get in a good visit in about an hour. The entrance is located at the Swiss Courtyard.

In that hour of time, though, you can tour the treasures of the Habsburg Empire, which reaches back over one thousand years. The items on display here have a long history of movement over...   view more
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Hofburgkapelle

7) Hofburgkapelle (must see)

The Hofburgkapelle is a chapel that was essentially swallowed up by the Imperial castle. In fact at one point only the apse was visible externally. The chapel has been a part of church life in Vienna since at least 1424. While the castle around the chapel has been added to and ownership divided amongst various royalty, the chapel remained open for the use of all the peoples of Vienna.

Today, from September to April, the Vienna Boys Choir and members of the Vienna State Opera orchestra perform...   view more
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Spanische Reitschule

8) Spanische Reitschule (must see)

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is famous the world over. Many of their troops actually perform in other countries. In fact, one of their largest fan populations lives in the U.S. The place is famous for the Lipizzaner horses which have been raised there. The location teaches the famous military tactics that the horses were famous for since the time of Napoleon. They are also a formal dressage school. The group offers public performances, which include the famous Winter Riding School, and...   view more
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Hofburg

9) Hofburg (must see)

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...   view more
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Michaelerplatz

10) Michaelerplatz (must see)

Michaelplatz is a very famous section of old Vienna. It is essentially the entrance into Hofburg. As you first enter the area, you will notice perhaps the most famous part of the place, which is the Michaelertor gate. It is designed in classic neo Baroque style.

The oldest building in this area is the Michaelerkirche. This used to be the official church of the Emperors for years. The center of the square is dominated by ancient Roman remains of a house. There are also some old Medieval walls...   view more
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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

11) Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (must see)

The Austrian National Library is the single biggest institution of its kind in all of Austria. There are over 7 million items in the collection of the library currently. It currently resides in the Hofburg Palace. However, some of the books were moved to a different location in the Palais Mollard-Clary in 2005.

This place used to be located in the Prunksaal building. Then, it was called the Hofbibliothek. The name was changed in 1920. There are many very old books, globes, maps, and musical...   view more
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Albertina Museum

12) Albertina Museum (must see)

The Albertina Museum is located in the section of Vienna that is known as the First District. Its claim to fame centers on the very large collection of master prints and drawings that it has. In fact, there are over 65,000 prints in storage here. Most of the collection is from the 20th Century. However, in a recent edition to the location, it now houses a rather significant set of pieces from the Impressionist period. It has also started developing a collection of 20th Century art that is...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Graben Street

13) Graben Street (must see)

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...   view more
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Peterskirche

14) Peterskirche (must see)

The St. Peter’s Church sits atop one of the oldest known religious sites in all of Vienna. There has been a church on this site since the early 4th Century A.D. A much larger version of the church was reportedly built here in 792, and was to have been founded by none other than Charlemagne himself.

In more modern times, this church takes up much less space, being crunched into what it occupies on Petersplatz. The overall architectural design is Baroque. In fact, this is one of the most...   view more
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Stephansplatz

15) Stephansplatz (must see)

The Stephansplatz is a square at the geographical center of Vienna. It is named after its most prominent building, the Stephansdom, Vienna's cathedral and one of the tallest churches in the world. Before the 20th century, a row of houses separated Stephansplatz from Stock-im-Eisen-Platz, but since their destruction, the name Stephansplatz started to be used for the wider area covering both. To the west and south, respectively, run the exclusive shopping streets Graben (literally...   view more
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Stephansdom

16) Stephansdom (must see)

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...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Haas House

17) Haas House (must see)

The Haas House of Vienna is a very modern example of architecture in a town where there is a premium of buildings done in a conservative manner. In fact, the project to build this structure was highly debated and contested. It almost didn’t happen at all. The architect of record was Haus Hollein.

The issue surrounds the fact that the modern style building, made of concrete and lots of glass, sits next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Such a change in style was considered to detract from the...   view more
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Kärntner Straße

18) Kärntner Straße

Kärntner Straße (English: Carinthian Street) is Vienna's main shopping thoroughfare, in place since the Roman era. Originally known as Strata Carinthianorum – the first record of it dates back to 1257 – it used to link the center to the city wall. Only a handful of historic buildings from that period remain in place, having survived WWII. Today the street extends from Stephansplatz to the Vienna State Opera House in Karlsplatz on Ringstraße and is chockablock with old-time houses,...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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