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#About the City of Vienna

For hundreds of years Vienna, Austria's capital, has been sitting on the banks of the Danube, and has been the cultural capital of Europe. How many wrote about the splendor of its palaces and the beauty of its gardens, its wide streets and its magnificent public buildings. This is the Vienna of the music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Strauss, Mahler, Brahms, Schubert and the Vienna Boys Choirs.

Vienna is a city with a rich history, varied and magnificent architecture, a city that was the monarch of classical music, the source of Viennese waltzes and the capital of German-speaking operas.

Vienna was born as a Roman fortress called Windobona. Around the fortress a city was born, which for a long time was s "fortress of Christianity." Even the Muslim Turks understood this and tried to invade western Europe through this city. But they were rebuffed twice, and left the city their coffee. From here coffee will spread throughout Europe and become the most popular drink in the world.

Vienna became the heart of the Habsburg Empire. Here a strong empire will develop that will become rich, a conqueror, and control large parts of Europe. For 650 years Vienna was the meeting point between Eastern and Western Europe, and was the cradle of European culture and the capital of Austria.

From this city also emerged great Jews, such as the genius of psychology Sigmund Freud, and founder of Zionism Theodor Herzl. Artists like Gustav Klimt, and the wonderful architect Hundertwasser grew up here.

Both the stomach and taste glands will love every moment in this city. From the aroma of its excellent coffee, through the apple strudel with the vanilla ice cream served next to it, to the taste of the huge Viennese schnitzel with its crisp coating and wonderful taste. Everything here surrounds taste.

Vienna, once the stronghold of European conservatism and a city whose glory is based on its past, reinvents itself as an innovative city ready for change, with a healthy connection to its glorious past.

But this is still the Vienna of the statues, the wonderful Baroque buildings, the large squares and the museums that are rich in charm and science - this city will leave a wonderful memory for many years to remember.

#Must See
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#With children
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In most European countries service fees are already included in the check, so it is customary to give a 2 euro tip, regardless of the price of the check itself.

A good evening outing in this city is to the "Heurigen", one of hundreds of wineries in Vienna that sell wines from the production of the last harvest.

The most prominent clubs in Vienna are the Flex, the prominent club that hosts the world's most popular DJ's and quite a few rock stars (found in Donaukanal-Augartenbrücke). The industrial club Werk (Spittelauer Lände 12), The Loft Club and cafe, and the largest club in Austria, the Prater Dome, is located at Prater, Riesenradplatz 7.

#Austria Country Code

Public transport - the Viennese people who this on a daily basis pay only 365 euros a year, which is 1euro per day. Tourists pay a little more, but nevertheless, children under the age of 12 travel free of charge.

Communication - buy a local SIM that give several gigabytes of data in Austria.

Food and home shopping- The Hoffer stores are very cheap, but not branded or recognized. The Billa chain of stores is cheap and economical, especially in fruits and vegetables, both in Vienna and in Austria as a whole, especially in stores and gas stations. The store sells everything, including ready-made food!

The Regular bus - a great way to get to know Vienna. Use our app and whenever you refresh the page, the app will recognize what is nearby and you will be able to listen to explanations.

Discounts in all kinds of places - bring a student card.

Maria Hilfer Strasse is Vienna's well-known and popular shopping street. It is not necessarily the cheapest. See link below for recommendations.

#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type C, Type E, and Type F (see link below with photos).

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Mariahilfer Strasse
Mariahilfer Strasse
#About Vienna's Shopping Avenue

Vienna's shopping district, is also the longest shopping street in Austria, named Mariahilfer Strasse. It starts near the Westbahnhof Station and reaches the Museum Quarter.

The long street, parts of which has a pedestrian walkway, has restaurants and cafés on both sides, where you can enjoy your time in Vienna. It is a meeting place for locals and tourists who come to mingle.

At Mariahilfer Strasse you can find luxury shops alongside shops at reasonable prices and even below that. The large chains hold all their major shops in Vienna here, but after shopping around, especially during the holiday season, you will find here sales with prices matching those of the leading brands and international chains.

There are clothes, furniture, housewares, electronics, books and whatnot. Off to work guys! All this shopping is ahead of you!

Are you tired of shopping and you want to rest and eat something? - Click on the restaurants icon above and you can find a good restaurant or coffee shop nearby.

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#About Austria's National Theater

The Burgtheater, the National Theater of Austria, is the oldest theater in Europe. It was founded by Empress Maria Theresa in 1741. The Viennese call it simply the "screw."

In 1776 it became the National Theater, thanks to the initiative of Emperor Joseph II, son of Maria Theresa. It is located within a historic building in the Ringstrasse, the boulevard that surrounds the center of Vienna. This theater was moved to this building in 1888.

But the "Screw" was never just a theater house. Many lovers of art and culture visited this place regularly, especially during the Golden Age of Vienna, like many prominent actors and actresses.

The building was damaged during World War II, but it was not long before it was restored back to function. The structure of the theater on the outside reminds of a large and impressive white castle, but the interior is no less magnificent and impressive. This luxury is expressed, among other things, by the luxurious chandeliers, carpets and ceiling paintings painted by the Klimt brothers. It has 1,300 seats and so many visitors have come here over the years. Quite a few playwrights have staged their plays here, including Theodore Herzl.

Today you can listen at the museum to concerts and other special events. The annual literary festival is also held here every year.

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Capuchin Church
Capuchin Church
#About the Capuchin Church

The Capuchin Church, or St. Mary's Church of the Angels, is a modest church located in the southwestern corner of Neuer Markt and near the Hofburg Palace. The very modest facade of this church does not betray the fact that it is the "Pantheon" of the Habsburgs. It is associated with the Order of the Capuchins, a Catholic Order of Franciscan Order.

The Capuchin Church was built following an investment by the first Empress, who was also buried there. It was Anna, wife of the holy Roman Emperor Matthias Habsburg. Following her burial, the burial tradition of the dynasty began. Beyond that, the Order of the Capuchins attracted royalty and nobility from all over the world. So in the underground hall, in this Imperial Crypt, 145 emperors and members of their Habsburg family are buried, who have been buried here since 1633.

It all began with a chilling practice that was practiced here between the years 1654-1878. During this period, parts were taken from the corpse and buried in different places, and not in one place. For example, the hearts of anyone buried here, were buried in the Church of the Augustinian monks, while their internal organs were buried in St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Look at the coffins. Pay special attention to the decoration of the coffins of the two emperors Maria Theresa and the Emperor Franz I, who were particularly rich. In contrast, the grave of their son, Joseph II, is modest and simple.

The name of the Church, by the way, is an important place in our daily lives to this day. In the style of the Capuchin monks, the hoodies worn today are made. From the color of their brown robe, the cappuccino was given its name.

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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!

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Figlmller Frittaten
Figlmüller Frittaten

The best schnitzel in Vienna is found at the Figlmüller restaurant, which is also the most famous in town. It is located near the Stephansplatz, or Stefan Square. On the menu you will find 9 dishes, but almost all of the customers here order the famous schnitzel, which sells more than 180,000 servings a year.

By the way, note that this is not the standard Viennese schnitzel, because real Viennese schnitzel is made from veal meat and the schnitzel at Figlmüller is made of pork.

At Figlmüller , each individual schnitzel receives the royal treatment. After cutting the meat, it is then flattened with a hammer to make it very thin and as wide as much as possible. You then dip the schnitzel in flour and then salt it, dip in an egg and milk batter, a coat bread crumbs and fry in 3 different pans, each with a different flavors, and this is how it receives its unique Figlmüller flavor..

But it is not only the taste that’s great here, but also the size. The Figlmüller schnitzel has been documented in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world. When prepared, the schnitzel is served to the diner, with a slice of lemon and a small salad served with it, sitting on a separate plate. The reason? - The schnitzel itself covers the entire plate and literally over the edges. Better and bigger here, is really bigger and better...

#What is the History of the Schnitzel - (Courtesy of Eureka)

The schnitzel was born here in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The roots probably come from the Byzantine Empire, and has undergone many variations before it became the famous Vienna Schnitzel known today around the world, the world's first schnitzel.

The roots were based on chicken breasts, the Arabs took the dish and brought it to Europe with the conquest of Spain by the Moors, a Muslin people of North Africa. The Spaniards called it "Stac a la Sevilla". The Italians copied it from there, and from there the recipe was transferred to Vienna and renamed "Viennese Schnitzel" by the cook of a general named Radetzki. In Vienna the meat used change to veal meat, and Figlmüller , like many restaurants and cooks, made it of pork.

The Jews who immigrated from Austria to Israel returned the schnitzel to the original roots of chicken meat, and today the schnitzel is one most loved foods in Israel.

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Imperial Crypt
Imperial Crypt
#About the Burial Place of the Austrian Emperors

You can not talk about the Imperial Crypt and who is buried in it, without first explaining what it is. Well, a crypt is a stone room or space, usually built under the floor of a church or a castle. It is used as a burial site and has coffins, sarcophagi or remains of saints.

What do we mean by the remains? According to the customs of the nobility, the internal organs of those buried here, who were of course the imperial dynasty, were scattered among the various churches in the area. In the crypt, only what remains of the body is buried in the ornate sarcophagi.

The Imperial Crypt is the place where the emperors of the Austro-Hungarian Empire are buried. It is located in the Capuchin Church. The first burial here was that of Anna, who was buried with her husband and cousin in 1633. She opened an entire burial tradition here and since then eight more burial halls have been added, altogether, nine halls. The last burial was in 2011, in which Otto von Habsburg, the son of the last emperor of the dynasty, was buried.

Altogether, there are 12 emperors, 19 empires and 149 princes and princesses of the imperial dynasty of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Kurpark Oberlaa
Kurpark Oberlaa
#A Lovely Garden for Spending Quality Outdoor Time

The park you have reached is one of Vienna's natural pearls. The park is located in the 10th district of the city and covers 860,000 square meters.

The park has spectacular plants, intriguing animals, baroque water springs, a Japanese garden, a flower maze, theater, playground complex, fountains, walking and bicycles paths and even a spa. It is an ideal place to go to with children for a few hours of rest.

The famous Café Overla and its cake shop are especially popular in today's garden.

#History of the Park

Kurpark Oberlaa Park was created in the desire to turn wild green gardens into a stylized green park for the second garden exhibition in Vienna in 1974. At the same exhibition, gardeners and landscape architects of the first class exhibited different types of garden styles, including a nostalgic garden, a modern garden, an exotic garden, a kindergarten for children, adults and more.

This was an opportunity for the authorities in Vienna to create a large green area around the hot springs discovered in the region, back in the 18th century. The garden blossomed into a permanent and beautiful park, a very popular park among the local residents and in Vienna in general.

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Mahnmal gegen Krieg und Faschismus
Monument Against War and Fascism
#About the Monument for the Victims of Fascism

Behind the Opera House, next to the Duke Albrecht Palace, you can see the Monument Against War and Fascism (Mahnmal Gegen Krieg und Faschismus). The purpose of this monument is to remember the dark and difficult periods in the life of the Austrian nation and it is dedicated to the victims of World War II.

The monument against the war and Fascism was established in 1985 by the Austrian sculptor Alfred Hrdlicka, and it is not by accident that it is located here. In the course of air attacks in 1947, a building called "Philiphoff House" blew up in this place and took hundreds of victims.

The monument is constructed of various elements located in the square, including two white marble columns engraved with figures reflecting the suffering of the victims. The elements are made of granite taken from the area of ​​the Mauthausen concentration camp. Another element that belongs to the monument is the tombstone, the Rock of the Republic. Note that the Declaration of Independence of Austria is engraved on it.

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#About Vienna's Beautiful Concert Hall

The Vienna Concert Hall is well known for its excellent acoustics, making it to be one of the three best concert halls in the world, along with the Symphony Hall in Boston and the Concert Hausbau of Amsterdam.

The land for building the concert hall was received by the Friends of Music Association from Emperor Franz Joseph. It opened in 1870 and is the permanent residence of the Vienna Philharmonic. In 1907 the organ was installed in the building.

The main hall is spectacular. It is coated in gold, contains about 1,744 seats and another 300 seats for standing spectators. The design combines wood and crystal, giving the place a luxurious and festive atmosphere.

During the first decade of the new millennium, renovations and expansions were conducted in the building, and additional halls were added to it. Each year, on January 1st, there is a festive concert symbolizing the beginning of the new year.

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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.

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St. Stephen's Cathedral
#About Vienna's Main Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the most famous symbols of the city of Vienna. It is an impressive cathedral and one of the highest cathedrals in the world. Here the Catholic Archbishop of Vienna sits.

Over the years, there have been quite a few important events and ceremonies, including weddings and burial ceremonies of nobles, princes and kings and other personalities, such as Mozart.

Today the cathedral is one of the city's religious and cultural symbols and an international heritage site. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive and admire the architecture.

Make sure to go up to the observation deck, which you will reach after climbing no less than 343 steps, and from where you will be exposed to a breathtaking view of the entire city. Notice the gothic-tiled roof, all decorated with colorful decorations. It h as no less than a quarter million tiles shimmering in the sunlight and forming a two-headed eagle.

#The Catherdral's Architecture

St. Stephen's Cathedral was built in 1147. Its length is 107 meters and its width is 70 meters. Over the course of a thousand years, it underwent quite a few changes, until it reached its present design, which was built in 1511. After that, over the years until 1952, minor renovations and changes were made, through donations from the Austrian people. From time to time, the cathedral undergoes repairs, maintenance and other reconstructions, and the results are great, even for non-Christians.

The Cathedral has a variety of halls, buildings and rooms designed in all kinds of styles - some of them in the old Romanesque style, a remnant of early Roman architecture. Some of them in the Gothic style of the Middle Ages. In the Cathedral you will also find altars, gravestones, holy statues and chapels. In addition, there are also catacombs, magnificent burial caves of bishops, dukes and other nobles who were buried here.

After World War II, because of Allied bombardments, the interior of the Cathedral was completely burned down. One of its symbols, the giant bell, originally created from the remains of cannons abandoned in Vienna in 1683, collapsed. In time, the bell was replaced by a new one, and today it rings only on special occasions.

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Austrian Academy of Sciences
#About the Academy Where Beethoven Orchestrated his Symphonies

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (Akademie der Wissenschaften) was founded to promote Austrian scientific research and is the largest institution in Austria for non-university research. It was founded in 1847 and is now an institution with a budget of 135 million euros, with more than 770 members, around 1,600 employees and 28 research facilities.

The main tasks of the Academy are scientific, political and research advice. It works to promote and provide scholarships and prizes to outstanding young scientists. Within the framework of international programs and collaborations, the Austrian Academy of Sciences also maintains a worldwide research network that operates 28 research institutes in the fields of humanities, culture, nature and technology. It supports cooperation between scientists and participation in large-scale international projects.

But wait, not only science has advanced in the building of the Academy of Sciences before which you stand. Right here was the premieres of the sixth and seventh symphonies of the composer of the great symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven, conducted by Beethoven himself. So you can not enter the building itself without closing your eyes and imagining the deaf Beethoven winning this building, the orchestra performing the Sixth Symphony in the background. He did so without hearing the wonderful music he composed as the orchestra plays, but the music that plays in his head, though his memory and his wonderful inner music...
#About Vienna’s Great Art Museum

The Albertina Museum is one of the leading cultural museums in Europe and contains a collection of some of the most important works in the world. Both tourists and locals visit the museum.

During World War II the museum was damaged, and after the war it was extensively renovated for a expensive price. The renovation, which took 10 years, cost no less than $117 million, a lot of money at that time. Finally it was constructed into a huge museum complex, one of the largest in the world.

The facade of the museum is decorated in neo-classical style. The building was designed by the renowned architect Klaus Albrecht and the entrance was designed by the great architect Hans Hollein.

The museum has four floors, including three galleries that show millions of cultural and artistic objects. Here you will find works by the greatest artists in the history of art, including Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso and others. But apart from them there are over 1.5 million carvings, more than a million paintings and more than 65,000 drawings and paintings. Go ahead and see them all!
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!
Hundertwasser House
#About the Natural and Different Homes from Anything You've Ever Seen

If you are looking for an amazing architectural gem, this residence is a masterpiece of art, attracting a large number of visitors every year, the Hundertwasser House (Hundertwasserhaus). Although it is a private residential building, which can not be entered, visitors continue to visit it and admire its beauty.

The building is the fruit of a painter and sculptor of Jewish origin, Frederscher Hundertwasser, who never studied art but devoted his life to creation. He was also known for his extensive social and environmental activities, and was careful to build the buildings he designed from natural materials, such as ceramics and glass. Hundertwasser was also greatly influenced by the Spanish architect Gaudi and the buildings he built in Barcelona. You see it - right?

The artist's principles were stated: Every wall and window was painted and designed differently, and he always avoided uniformity and straight lines. In fact, the walls, floors, balconies and staircases were all rounded. Hundertwasser’s goal was to illuminate the structure equally, so he chose the lower-floor windows to be larger than those on the upper floors.

Pay attention to the outer walls, which have 250 different types of vines climbing them. This is done in order to incorporate the shrubs that grew on the ground before the construction of the building. This interesting form of construction creates a situation in which the vegetation bursts into the building from the windows and roofs.

Later on, Hundertwasser bought another building, not far from here, to operate it as a museum of his works.

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Heldenplatz Square
#About the Square Where Hitler Declared the Anschluss

The Heldenplatz Square, near the Hofburg Palace, was already planned in the 19th century by the German architect Gottfried Sampeter. Upon completion, it immediately became the main square of the palace. In the square there are still quite a few inviting grasslands.

In the square there are two main statues built in 1860 and 1865, respectively, and both symbolize Austria's glorious past:

The statue of the Grand Duke Karl of Austria - the Austrian general who defeated Napoleon in the Battle of Aspern-Esling, and who was destined to glorify the lineage of the great Austrian military leaders.

The statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy - one of the most important generals in Europe of the early modern era and the one who’s end came at the defeat to the Turkish armies of the Ottoman Empire.

Throughout history, some of the most important events in history took place in the square. One of them was the official declaration of Adolf Hitler in 1938 on the union between Nazi Germany and Austria, the Anschluss. This agreement between a native of Austria who became a German dictator and his first homeland would soon lead to a few more Nazi provocations that would lead to World War II, and massive destruction, both in Germany and in Austria.

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.
Danube-Auen National Park
#About Austria’s Huge Natural Park

Donau-Auen National Park (Nationalpark Donau-Auen) includes a huge swamp area, part of which is in Vienna, and the other part in Lower Austria. The park is one of the largest flood plains in the Central European Danube and is 93 square kilometers.

In Donau-Auen National Park you can discover rich vegetation and its animals. Zoologists estimate that there are more than 30 species of mammals, more than 700 species of plants, about 100 species of birds, 8 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians and 50 species of fish.

The park's name means the Danube swamps, after its large natural swamp. Its diverse landscapes include a variety of nature, trees, forests and flowers, along with a variety of animals of all kinds.

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#About the Ringstrasse, the Most Famous Round Street in Vienna

It seems that every city has a certain street that has become its clear and inseparable symbol - from Fifth Avenue in New York, to Via Veneto in Rome. Ringstrasse is the same type of street, but unlike its other similar streets, it has almost no stores at all. Over the years, historical and public buildings were built there: the Opera House, the Parliament Building, the City Hall, the Central Library, the Botanical Garden, the Hofburg Palace and more.

The street was originally built following an imperial edict by Franz Joseph announcing the destruction of the walls and fortifications around the city and the construction of the grand street. Construction began in 1858, and ended seven years later, its cost amounted to quite a bit - about a billion dollars.

From the initial planning it was clear that the goal was to create a center of Vienna - built for four large driving routes, a special pedestrian walkway, cyclists and tracks for the tram. It is shaped in a horseshoe shape and is 6.5 kilometers in length.

Today, thousands of people come to this road to see the architectural buildings, the well-tended gardens, the monuments and statues from the imperial periods of Vienna and the many tourist attractions the street offers. In addition, the street hosts quite a few festivals and cultural and leisure events that also receive a proper backdrop: colorful lamps, flags and matching stalls.

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#About the Town Hall of Vienna

At first glance, the neo-Gothic building with the clock tower looks like another typical Viennese cathedral, but when you stand in front of it, a magnificent city building - the Rathaus - is discovered in front of it.

The building was planned in 1872 by architect Friedrich Schmidt, but was opened only in 1883, since it took 11 years to build. The building has 1,575 rooms. At the top of the tall clock tower, 98 meters high, stands a sculpted figure of a knight in an armor suit with a spear, a figure that today has become one of the symbols of the city.

To this day, the Rathaus is the seat of the Vienna municipality and the place of activity of the governor of Vienna and members of the city council. It also houses the library and the municipal and government archives. Yes, here there is quite a bit of information about the Jews of Vienna during different wars in history.

Outside the town hall you will see the large square known as the Rathausplatz. Every year there are events, festivals, music performances and a Christmas market. And not only that, if you leave the square, you can walk a little to the nearby Rathauspark Park.


During the winter, the entrance hall of the town hall becomes a skating rink. Real fun for those around ...

In 2012, extensive renovations began at an investment of 35 million euros. The work will continue until 2023.

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Imperial Butterfly House
Jewish Museum Vienna