Historic City Center of Vienna

For more than 600 years Vienna was the center of imperial elegance and the Habsburg power. From the 13th century to the end of World War I, the Habsburg dynasty reigned over their large, multinational empire from Vienna. The epicenter of imperial power was the Hofburg. Each of the emperors expanded the Hofburg by another new castle.

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Top 5 Historic Restaurants and Cake Shops in Vienna

When were you last in a restaurant that was first mentioned in documents fifty years before the discovery of America and has been in the same place ever since?
Or in the one where Ludwig van Beethoven regularly ordered his indispensible dose of red wine and coffee?
And what about the coffeehouse that Adolf Hitler and Gustav Klimt visited at same time for years?

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Vienna Castles

With its wide avenues, noble palais and imperial castles, Vienna is an open-air monument to the Habsburg Empire.
Some of the most beautiful and interesting castles are here.

Schönbrunn Castle

The architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach designed the baroque complex for the Emperor Leopold I. The various wings of the palace contain more than 1,400 rooms, many of which have been maintained in their original condition: mostly in Rococo style with wall ornamentation in gold leaf.

The Palace Theater where Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once performed is located in one of the side wings of the palace.

This is where Mozart lost a contest for composers to his perpetual rival Antonio Salieri.


Schönbrunn Park, Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)

Behind the palace is the Schönbrunn Park. The ample, sculptured park design from the time of Maria Theresa has mostly been maintained in its original Baroque style.

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