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Spanische Hofreitschule
Spanish Riding School
#About the Fascinating Horse Kingdom of Vienna

The Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule) in Vienna is probably the only institution in the world that for more than 500 years has been teaching and preserving the traditional riding style (haute école) of Western Europe.

Riding in general was part of the social status of the nobility and empire, for they would boast of their horses as part of their objects of art, sculptures, paintings, silver and gold. This was also the reason why it was important for them to try and preserve it for future generations.

At its founding, the place was a horse breeding sanctuary for the Habsburg House, but later became one of the most prestigious and well known schools in the world for training, learning and riding instruction for the aristocracy. According to this method, the purebred horses are trained to become well-trained horses. They move in a noble way and the many exercises bring the riders to total control and harmony with the horses.

Since then, the place has provided riding lessons for the Viennese aristocracy. Next to it are the royal stables, where the Lipizzan horses are taken care of, horses of the most ancient breed in Europe. They are called so because 400 years ago they were raised in Lipica, which until 1918 was part of Austria. At the school they also take care of the riders' excellent riding equipment, such as saddles, bridles and pullers.

The school building is located near the Michaelerplatz Square, in the Hofburg Palace complex. It is open to visitors who can visit to watch the training and performances of experienced riders.

For tourists and residents of Vienna, the school presents special riding shows, a kind of ballet that shows remarkable harmony between skilled riders and the Lipizzan horses. These performances take place in a beautifully decorated riding hall and the sounds of classical music, such as Viennese waltzes written by Johann Strauss’s son, are played. The riders ride the horses in an elegant way that once characterized the noblemen of the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and today is a souvenir of the past.



#Tips

Some people were disappointed with the display, others liked it. This is a different pleasure than usual, but with totally passive viewing. It is not for everyone, and therefore it is worthwhile to think and decide before going, so as not to be disappointed.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/84Ii_Xdk6jI



A Look From a Distance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9s2_ZYzQ7Y
Urania Sternwarte
Urania Sternwarte
#About Vienna’s Observatory

One of the world's oldest observatories is the Urania Observatory, named after the astronomy muse: Orania. The height of this observatory is 51 meters, allowing visitors to enjoy watching the stars above, but also the magnificent view reflected below, which also includes the lake and the surrounding mountains.

It is no coincidence that the observatory began operating in 1759, during the Renaissance, as it was a period of quite a few discoveries in the field of astronomy.

The Observatory was moved to its present location where you stand in 1907. It was built by Emperor Franz Joseph. The main purpose of the place was to serve as a "home for mass education" and therefore the building was also built with lecture halls, the observatory and even a puppet theater for young children. It is interesting to hear that there was also a theater here, which is rare and unusual for that time period. In fact, it was the first building in the world to be built as a theater.

During World War II, the building was completely destroyed. It reopened in 1957 and resumed operating under the same pattern and purpose as it had in the past.

With the large telescope in place, visitors can observe details of the stars, the planets, and the entire galaxy.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdE5Momzi2o
Rathaus Park
Rathaus Park
#About the Symmetrical Park Created by the Emperor for the Viennese

You are in Vienna's Rathaus Park. This pleasant garden was ordered by Emperor Franz Josef in 1863 for the people of his town. Thus the green and flowering Rathaus Park was born.

The size of the park, which was built between the parliament building and the university building, reaches 40,000 square kilometers. On one side you can see public buildings such as the National Theater and the City Hall, on the other hand, quite a bit of greenery, plants and trees.

The park is made up of two almost identical parts, with a busy square filled with street performances. Movies are often screened here for the public, and it is always filled with smiling visitors.

If you come here during Christmas, you'll see the traditional market. It is an attraction in itself.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/25B4awMtlT8?t=24s
Donauturm
Danube Tower
#About the Danube Tower of Vienna

Vienna's TV Tower (Donauturm), known by its other names, such as the Donau Tower or the Danube Tower, is particularly prominent in the Vienna skyline. This is because it is the tallest tower in the city and the first skyscraper built there.

The tower rises to a height of 352 meters and its interesting shape attracts attention almost immediately. By the way, it was added to the list of the 100 tallest buildings in the world - at the time when it was built it was in 75th place.

The Donau Tower is located in the 12th quarter, in the heart of a wide green park, which extends north of the Danube River and hence the nickname Danube Tower. It was opened to the public in 1964, after more than a year and a half of construction. Almost immediately it became a tourist attraction and a favorite place of entertainment for the hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals who come to it every year. Today it serves as a television tower with radio and television antennas.

Due to the high height of the tower, the observation point from its head is spectacular and it is worthwhile to reach it. If you decide to eat a meal at one of the two restaurants located on it, one 160 meters high and revolving, the second at the height of 170 meters, you can look at different parts of the city.

If you are an extreme fan - bungee is more than allowed at this tower. In 2000, this bungee area was declared the highest in the world. The tower has large, fast elevators that will bring you quickly to each of the observation points, restaurants or attractions on it. Enjoy!



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9HPC-uTkko

Attractions for children in Vienna

Tiergarten Schnbrunn
Schönbrunn Zoo
#About the Oldest Zoo in the World

The Viennese Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn), the world's oldest open-air zoo, is now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mainly because it is actually part of the Schönbrunn Palace complex.

This zoo was founded in 1752 and was originally the petting zoo for one of Austria's empires, from the Leopold dynasty.

Today, the zoo is an educational center where studies and various projects related to nature are conducted. People here are full of zoological knowledge, contributing to a variety of conservation projects.

Here you will find about 500 species of animals in this zoo. What is special about the Schönbrunn Zoo is that all the animals here are held in conditions that are as similar as possible to those in nature - that makes this zoo a major attraction among travelers from around the world and from Vienna.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/JBwcxu1HAHw



During the Winter:

https://youtu.be/l8QKzcWbpbM
Schmetterlinghaus
Imperial Butterfly House
#About the Emperors' Pavilion

The Imperial Butterfly House (Das Schmetterlinghaus) is located in the center of Vienna, in the garden of the Imperial Palace (Burggarten), very close to the Opera House. In fact, the one who built this butterfly house was the emperor and he did built this in his private garden, which everyone now has access to, the BurggartenGardens. When you enter, you can break away from the noise of the city and enter a calm and peaceful place. But what’s interesting here are the butterflies, and you can see the butterfly house during every season and period.

At the Butterfly House you can look at exotic butterflies and how they live. At any given moment you can see nearly 500 active butterflies floating freely in the pavilion, with the environment being kept with typical tropical data, a constant temperature of 26 C degrees and a humidity of 80%. Inside the special glass cabinets are displayed collections of large butterflies from all over the world.

Sometimes you can actually see how the butterfly emerges from the cocoon, allowing you to trace the whole life cycle of the butterfly. The atmosphere in this glass conservatory is of sweet nature, with the trickle of water falling in the small waterfalls and the many flying butterflies around.

After you have been here, you can head to the BurggartenGardens, the beautiful gardens surrounding the Hofburg Palace.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/OWaGcDjdK2g
Stadtpark
Stadtpark
#About Vienna’s City Park

After a visit to one of the museums in the museum quarter, you can relax in the Stadtpark, change atmosphere and feed ducks in the lake. This wonderful park was opened to the general public in 1861.

It is interesting to know that from each side of the park you will discover different and interesting objects. If you get to the park from the third quarter you'll see the steel statue of Donald Judd. If you come from Ringstrasse and cross the paths straight to the grass lawns, you will see the famous statue of Johann Strauss, the so-called "king of the waltz" of music history. Johann Strauss’s son, who had the same name as his great musician father, objected that his son would also be a musician. He wanted him to study law or work in banking. But the son loved music. He insisted and became, contrary to his father's wishes, a great conductor and composer. His father did not talk to him for the rest of his life, but the son composed over 400 Viennese waltzes and in fact made the waltz from an old folk dance into a fashionable dance, glittering and beloved by the Viennese aristocracy. He became the most popular composer in Vienna of those times. His father, who wanted a secure future for him and financial success, saw how his son got what the father wanted for him all along - but he did it through the music he so loved ...

In the park you can see more famous and important Viennese sculptures, such as the sculptures of the composer Franz Schubert and Franz Lahar - the Hungarian composer who was successful in Vienna.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rNonFXPJ4lo
Technisches Museum
Technical Museum
#About Vienna’s Technical Museum

If you are looking for an interesting attraction for children - the Vienna Technical Museum (Technisches Museum) is the perfect place to visit. Here children can learn about science and technology. Though the displays, the museum also tells of Austria's own contribution to the world's largest technological development - from the invention of a wooden typewriter to the invention of the car.

The museum is suitable for science enthusiasts, but the exhibits inside will also interest those who are not technology freaks.

The museum was founded by Emperor Franz Josef in 1908. It was opened to the public about 10 years later. His first private collection was the collection of the Habsburg Imperial Dynasty itself.

The size of the museum reaches up to 22 thousand square meters. You will be exposed to all kinds of areas of life, such as agriculture, industry, transportation, sports, games, music and more. Here you can follow in an experiential way the amazing technological developments that humanity has undergone from the 18th century to today, from simple everyday items to the biggest revolutions in the world - heavy industry and natural resources like gas, oil and coal. You can find all kinds of vehicles, various machines, gears, springs, computers and other components from the world of technology.

In addition to the main museum, you can visit the railway museum, where various exhibits are displayed: railway cars and engines, including the royal caravan where Queen Elizabeth, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef, traveled.

In addition, there is also a small museum for small children aged 3-6, along with activities suitable for those ages and also plays all made of wooden facilities. Among the exhibits that the toddlers can see here is a giant piano, on which the children can jump, the first car in the world invented by the Jewish Siegfried Marcus in Austria in 1864, a coloring computer and a large pipe through which strange sounds can be played.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Vceo8ia54_Q


Schnbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace
#About the Schönbrunn Palace

The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Vienna and Austria. About 3 million visitors visit it each year, tour the magnificent palace rooms and enjoy walking and relaxating in its landscaped gardens.

The Schönbrunn Palace complex includes not only the enormous palace, but also magnificent gardens, giant greenhouses and a zoo. There is no doubt that this place, with its impressive architecture, unique interior design and diverse artworks, has a central place in Austrian history.
The Schönbrunn Palace was built in Rococo style, during several generations of the Hapsburg Empire family, between the late 17th and mid-18th centuries. The palace has about 1,400 rooms, 40 of which are currently open to the general public.

In 1830 Emperor Franz Joseph, who was to rule the Austro-Hungarian Empire for the rest of his life, was born here. He lived in the palace with his wife, the Empress Cissi, the most beautiful queen in Europe and a beloved figure of the Austrian people. By the way, she did not sleep much in the palace. This is due to problems in the marriage of the imperial couple. The beautiful Cissi was murdered in 1898 by an assassin. The emperor himself continued to live in the palace until his death, in 1916. In fact, it was the end of the glorious Habsburg dynasty of centuries.

The park surrounding the palace was the hunting grounds of the royal family. In general, the prevailing opinion in the Baroque period was that the outer areas should complete the design of the palace. And that is how the palace's landscaped gardens were built. The fountains, arranged with flowers and small trees - all symbolize the Baroque period.

After the death of Emperor Franz Josef, in 1916, the palace became the property of the new Republic of Austria.

You will definitely enjoy an entire day in the complex, as it offers all kinds of activities for all ages and all kinds of interests - water pools, greenhouses, carriages museum, playground facilities and a bakery. One of the main attractions is a huge maze for both children and adults. In the summer months you can catch a ride on the tourist train surrounding the palace and gardens.



#Tips

It is worthwhile to dedicate at least 4 hours for a visit here, and if possible - half a day.

It is highly recommended to book tickets in advance and save time by not standing in line.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/EbPJr8ujQdo



From Outside:

https://youtu.be/rN3JSK_hvqU?t=4m10s&end=5m19s



From Inside:

https://youtu.be/OIiXru8r5fA
Prater
#About Vienna’s Theme Park

You are located in a historic and very active amusement park. It is not by chance that most of the city's major festivals and attractions take place in Vienna's Amusement Park, called Prater. It is the oldest amusement park in the world and if the title "old" is not enough, then it is also the largest park in Austria.

The park is located right on the banks of the Danube River. When it opened, in 1895, the park included only one attraction, Venice in Vienna. It was an artificial lake-like lagoon, where the Viennese were able to sail and watch the models of the Vienna city miniature models. It was created by the architect Oskar Marmork and was the cornerstone of the amusement park.

Two years later, the park began adding other attractions, including the Vienna Ferris Wheel, built in 1897, from which until now see an amazing view all of Vienna. In addition, a theater was built in the park.

Today you will find 250 different attractions in the park for both children and adults, including a roller coaster, bumper cars, carousels, miniature train that runs through the green park, museums, food stalls and of course - the Vienna Ferris Wheel , which has since undergone massive renovations.



#Tips
A nice advantage of Prater is that entrance is free, and one only pays for the rides you want to experience. Fun!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/h8DVCNUjOMk
Vienna Zeiss Planetarium
#About the City’s Planetarium

There are quite a few planetariums around the world whose main function is to provide a virtual image of the sky and allow the public to learn about the sky, the universe and the galaxy through modern telescopes and today's advanced equipment. Here, too, at the Vienna Zeiss Planetarium (Zeiss Planetarium Wien), you will be able to experience this special place.

The technology allows visitors to get an illustration of the motion of the planets, viewing spectacular astronomical events such as solar eclipse or lunar eclipse and seeing light-sonic displays, laser beam simulations and more.

The place is suitable for the whole family and the children will be interested in activities and workshops that are held here.

The Planetarium is located near the Prater Park and the Vienna Ferris Wheel, which means that children will be happy to combine the attractions together.
Museum of Natural History
#About the Vienna Natural History Museum

When did you last enjoy dinosaur replicas and stuffed animals of amazing quantity and quality? This museum is a place for nature lovers and children so that they can see the richness of the natural world and the beauty of creation.

The first collection to be displayed in the museum was the private collection of Emperor Franz I, the husband of the Austrian empress Maria Theresa. Today, you can see the museum's 39 exhibition halls a wealth of exhibits - stuffed animals, dinosaur skeletons, extinct stuffed animals, plants, meteorites, the world's largest collection of more than 1100 meteorites, fossils, minerals, gemstones, precious stones and more. In total there are over 20 million items here!

The museum not only holds natural treasures. The building is a kind of architectural masterpiece in itself. It is decorated in the Neo-Renaissance style and was designed by the architects Karl Freiher and Gottfried Samper between 1872-1891. This is also why it is very similar to the Vienna Art Museum, which was also designed by this architectural pair.

During the visit, pay particular attention to the collection of gems, the display of huge dinosaurs and a meteorite weighing a ton, where you can touch and even be impressed by its special size and texture. Also, try not to miss the multimedia presentation that explains the meteorites and their associated theories.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/wr9nLh-6hyo



From Inside:

https://youtu.be/kNKI9ekm88k
Hofburg
#About the Hofburg Palace

The palace of the Habsburg Emperors is located among huge palaces in the heart of the Old City. This palace was the center of power of the Habsburg Empire for centuries. The first part of the complex was a castle that stood here in the 13th century. Each of the Austrian kings added another layer to the site, in order to improve and make the complex more glamorous. Finally, the beautiful Royal Museum was created, in front of which you stand - each of which has a different style.

A glimpse of the imperial apartments is a bit like time traveling to the daily life of the palace of the rulers of the empire in previous centuries. Thus, by visiting the palace you can learn about the daily life of the aristocratic families. There are quite a few interesting attractions to visit - the impressive royal jewelry collection, the royal apartments where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Queen Elizabeth lived, including the imperial toilet of Emperor Franz Joseph, and the Cissi Museum - the museum showing Queen Elizabeth's personal items, the silverware of the palace.

The ancient parts of the palace are in the area surrounding the Swiss courtyard, which leads to the imperial treasury. Today the National Library is here, as well as the collection of instruments, a collection of weapons, the imperial luxury apartments, and the museum of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. An ethnographic museum is here displaying items from the entire world, especially interesting is the crown of Montezuma of the Aztecs, and items brought by Captain Cook during his travels.

When the Habsburg dynasty grew, the Hofburg Palace was enlarged and a grand residential complex was erected. Each step in the extensions and each new building was built in the preferred style of construction. This is why the palace complex can be found in almost any architectural style, from the Gothic style to the Baroque style to the Art Nouveau of the early 20th century.

Read on your own about the Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys Choir performs, every Sunday mass, and the Spanish Riding School, which dates back to the 16th century and sits in another ancient part of the palace.



#Tips

Parents; during weekends and holidays there are tours held in the palace for children ages 6-11, where they measure royal clothes and learn how the emperors of the pas lived.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/n-a0fFGz-oE?t=16s
Haus des Meeres
#About Vienna’s Water World

In this vast aquarium with 5 spectacular floors, you can meet with children 3,500 animals - sharks, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and a vast variety of fish. Although there are also few terrestrial animals (a tropical house, a reptile house and an ants house), the emphasis here is definitely on marine animals. In the nine houses there, you will be amazed at how many types of marine life there are and how diverse it is.

In the tropical house, for example, you can walk on bridges in the heart of rainforests and pass over swamps where water trees grow. Here you will see a variety of animals such as turtles, crabs, monkeys and birds, and of course huge and colorful coral reefs, sea lilies and colorful fish. In another house, with its glass floor, you can watch the swamp and crocodiles. In a different house you will see snakes, lizards and ants of different sizes.

Beyond the exhibition, the site is also a research house whose goal is to help preserve the marine species and to reduce the extinction of species in nature. In order to achieve this goal it is in contact with other zoos around the world.

At the end of the tour around the museum, it is worth going up to the roof of the building and watching the amazing panoramic view of the entire city. Enjoy!


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