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Maria Theresien-Platz
Maria Theresien-Platz Square
#About the Square that Connects Vienna’s Museums

The Maria Theresien-Platz Square actually separates the two main museums of the city of Vienna: the Museum of Art on the one hand (the Kunsthistorisches Museum) and the Natural History Museum on the other, which was used in the past as horse stables for the Emperor.

In the center of the square is an impressive monument of Empress Maria Theresa. Theresa, an aristocrat from the Habsburgs, ruled Austria for no less than 40 years, along with her husband Franz I. The couple controlled the Austro-Hungarian Empire for the years 1740-1780, and although she was "only" the Emperor’s wife, her influence on the empire actually surpassed his own and she was very significant. Maria Theresa was especially loved by the Austrian people and is considered to be one of the strongest and most influential women of her time.

The statue was exposed to the public after 13 years of planning and construction in May 1888, on the Emperor's birthday. It is made of marble and bronze and stands on a large stage consisting of three floors. At the bottom of the statue you will see the figures of the Imperial Court who symbolize wisdom, justice and mercy. Next to them stand the noble horses of the Empire. In the middle part you will see the daughters of the Imperial Court and at the top you will see the image of Empress Maria Theresa sitting on the throne, holding a wand in her left hand.

The sculpture undoubtedly displays power and the important part she had in the establishment of the Imperial Empire. Around the podium are columns and chains that enclose the entrance to it.

The square itself is well maintained with greenery and walking trails. Enjoy!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oFqPYuREnmY



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/LiF4AXLjpI4
Austrian Parliament Building
Austrian Parliament Building
#About the Austrian House of Parliament

The Austrian House of Parliament was built in the ancient Greek style, in the style of the Greek Revival, an architectural style that was popular in the 18th century in Europe and America. This style of construction makes it particularly prominent in the landscape of historic buildings around it. The building is 151 meters long, 132 meters wide and contains no less than 1,600 rooms.

The construction of the parliament began in the mid-19th century and lasted for 10 years. In 1883, when the building first opened, the elected representatives of the Austro-Hungarian Empire arrived. Today it serves as the seat of the houses chosen in the elections to represent the Austrian people - the National Council and the Lower House.

It is worth paying attention to some interesting objects outside the building:

At the entrance to the building you will see the big fountain and the statue that stands at its head - the statue of the goddess of Greek wisdom, Athena.

On the left, one can see the monument for the Austrian Republic, with statues of the three leaders of Vienna (the father of the Austrian Republic, the mayor of Vienna and the Welfare Minister of Vienna before World War II).

On the right side of the building stands a statue in the shape of Austrian Chancellor Dr. Karl Rerner.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/7VAqD_5N7gU



From Inside:

https://youtu.be/l0_iBon9l7E
Albertina
Albertina
#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!
Rathaus
Rathaus
#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.



#Tips

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.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rY16C0oKvWQ

Winter in Vienna

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.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/1ooKpuPLbFw
Schloss Belvedere
Belvedere Palace
#About Vienna's Magnificent Palace

The complex contains two Baroque palaces, one used in the 18th century as a residence and the other as a ballroom. The palace belonged to Prince Eugen of they Savo House, a French military man, a man of literature and art. This is probably the explanation for why he lived in the most impressive Baroque buildings in Vienna.

Among the inhabitants of the palace, was also Franz Ferdinand von Österreich, the prince whose assassination led to the outbreak of the First World War. He lived here for 20 years.

Between the two palaces facing each other you can see the flower garden, fountains and green paths that will lead you to other interesting points in the complex. The park has more than 4,000 types of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Located on a hill, the Upper Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere) now houses an amazing art gallery featuring works by Austrian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. You will find realistic, impressionistic, classical works and more. On the second floor of the museum there are branches of various fields: classicism, romanticism and biedermeier. You can see the impressive works of Monet and Renoir, Gustav Klimt (with his important work "The Kiss") and Egon Schiele.

Inside the Lower Belvedere you will find the Baroque Museum with a collection from the Middle Ages. Here you can take guided tours of each of the palaces and learn about the history of Vienna, the rich culture and art. Pay attention to the richness and splendor inside them.

Between the palace and the Church of Karl and Nash Market you will see the fountain that has already become one of the symbols of this place. It stands exactly where the city's first water pipeline was completed in 1873. It also has impressing lighting that makes viewing it particularly experiential. Near the fountain you will see the Red Army Monument that relates to the event of the liberation of the city from the Nazi regime. On the monument you will see the names of soldiers who perished, and quotes from Stalin. At the top of the monument is a statue of a soldier holding a flag, a shield and a submachine gun.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/H3ZQOjvuReM


The Gardens:

https://youtu.be/Svm5SQHFM_g
Figlmller Frittaten
Figlmüller Frittaten
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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.



Here is the Process for Preparing their Schnitzel:

https://youtu.be/pTckSxjwgp0
Mozarthaus
Mozarthaus
#About the Museum in Memory of the Most Famous Composer in the History of Music

Vienna is the city of birth, or the arena of activity, for quite a few famous composers in music history, including Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Mahler and Hayden. Throughout history, Vienna has become a central place of classical music creation and activity. The most prominent attraction related to the field is the Mozart Museum, which was the home of the great and gifted composer. Here Mozart created some of his brilliant works.

Mozart is known as a composer who transformed from a prodigy child into an incomprehensible musical genius. He was born in the city of Salzburg , but once he became famous he moved to Vienna and began to wander among the various apartments he had allowed himself to rent. In this house he lived and composed between 1784 and 1787, when he was already a composer of renown and status. Some call the place the Figaro House, since it is said that in this house Mozart composed the operas "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" in 1787.

On the four floors of the museum you can see fascinating exhibits, from which you can learn about the composer's lifestyle and daily conduct, in the elegant and luxurious residence of the wealthy family. You will also see Mozart's life's work - exhibits related to his work - written works, pictures, paintings and artifacts. Throughout the museum you will listen to his works that are played on the loudspeakers of the place. On the ground floor of the museum there is a café and souvenir shop for visitors to enjoy.

The museum is definitely worth a visit because it is actually used as a glimpse into the Viennese culture, life, and history of one of the great cultural foundations of the 18th century and one of the greatest musicians in history.



#What's the Story of Mozart's Wonderful Memory? - (Courtesy of Eureka Encyclopedia)

Mozart was a musical genius who had already become a legend in his childhood. He wrote his first concerto at the age of 4, the first symphony at the age of six, and wrote a full opera at the age of 12.

These are unimaginable achievements, but it seems that the memory of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was even more amazing. As a child, during a visit to Rome with his father and sister, Mozart heard the performance of a work called "Miserere" by composer Gregorio Allegri. This work is so holy that it was forbidden to play it, but rather as part of a ceremony held at the Vatican, the Christian Papal State, a ceremony that takes place only once a year. In addition, because of its holiness, the notes of this work were kept under heavy guard, so that they would not be copied by others.

But history tells us that Mozart as a boy, with his extraordinary memory, managed to write out the notes almost entirely from memory - after only one listening!



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT--1yOr_Sk


Mumok
Mumok
#About the Modern Museum of Vienna

The Museum of Modern Art of Vienna is an industrial looking building, a reminder of a threatening and alienated industrial enterprise. And yes, its structure may seem a bit depressing, but the Mumok, the Museum of Modern Art of Vienna, is one of the most interesting museums in the world for modern and contemporary art lovers.

The Mumok is located in the Vienna Museum Quarter and from its exterior, one can already understand what art it presents, since the building is built of bricks that resemble black basalt and has almost no windows. The exposed lighting and ventilation systems within the museum also emphasize the fact that this museum deals with modern art.

The museum exhibits thousands of works from the early 20th century up to today. There is modern art and art by contemporary artists, professionals and celebrities, alongside young and beginning artists, who show promising talent.

You can see here important works of classical modernist artists, such as Picasso, Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Pop art artists, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and so on. The works include paintings, sculptures, video art works, constellations and more.

Try something new, and come and see the works. Some start laughing at first, and can be embarrassed and say to each other, "I can paint like that too!" But slowly there is a chance you will see how aesthetic and beauty, intelligence and talent are in the modern art of the talented artists who are willing to absorb even mockery, as long as no one will remain indifferent...



The Artworks at the Mumok:

https://youtu.be/HYL2mt8tFPk



Part of the Modern Exhibit Which Combines Animation:

https://youtu.be/wiSac27C-Hg



Lights Exhibit at the Mumok:

https://youtu.be/sL846g6ZZzU
Kunsthistorisches Museum
#About Vienna’s Museum of Art History

The Vienna Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches), is a very large and rich museum, with a variety of impressive artworks and art collections. It is located in Maria Theresa Square, near the Hofburg Palace. Even those who are not avid art lovers will benefit from the museum's collection of works of art, works from Europe and the Near East, from antiquity to the 18th century.

The museum has five main wings:

The Near East and Ancient Egypt Division - with 17,000 items ranging between 2,000 and 4,000 years old.

Greek and Roman antiquities department - containing about 2,500 antiquities and sculptures, from the third century BC to the early Middle Ages.

The coins department - collecting coins, medals and banknotes, is considered one of the five largest currency collections in the world.

The Artistic Tools Division

Art Paintings Division

In the museum corridors one can see the magnificent wall paintings by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Franz von Matsch and others. In the rooms you can see Flemish, German, Dutch and Italian works. On the ground floor you will see the exhibitions of exotic objects collected by the imperial family, members of the Habsburg dynasty. Among other things, you will see glass and crystal vessels, Roman, Greek and Egyptian works, and gifts given to the emperor’s family throughout history.

But the museum is not only a home for art, as it is a respectable architectural gem. The building of the museum, built in the 19th century, provides a more dignified setting for the wealth of works. It is built in the neo-Renaissance style, decorated with marble ornaments and a stucco of high quality plaster. Also note the striking dome of the building.

Enjoy!



#Tips

If you order tickets online, you can skip the long line during the museum’s opening.

With this abundance, it's worth focusing on what you love. Decide in advance what works and artists interest you want to see, and ask the information station in front entrance on the right, to mark on your map where those artworks and artists are located.

If you are interested in depth, in order to be able to go through all the exhibits in the museum it is advisable to visit it for longer than one day.



A Closer Look:
https://youtu.be/CGam0jsb_fQ



A 360-Degree View of the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_thn4ui5DY
Cafe Sacher
#About the Coffee that Invented a Cake

The story behind Cafe Sacher is particularly interesting. It takes place in 1832, when the Austrian Prince Wenzel von Metternich asks his personal chef to invent a special dessert for very important guests who are supposed to arrive. The chef was not feeling well and had to leave for the day. He gave the task to one of his young sous-chefs, a sixteen-year-old boy, Franz Sacher. The young man was not taken aback, and thought openly and creatively. It was the moment when one of the most famous desserts in history, the Sacher Tart, was born.

So what is the Sacher Tart? - Three layers of chocolate sponge cake, between which is apricot jam, coated with velvety chocolate topped with tempting whipped cream.

After 44 years, Sacher's son decided to open Hotel Sacher, which soon became a favorite among the nobility. The cake immediately became part of the cafe's menu and is still served there.

During the years of the famous dessert, Sacher's grandson decided to sell the exclusive recipe of the tart to the prestigious Viennese coffee shop, Demel. This is why even today you can hear the argument over where the original Sacher Tart was sold. In Demal, the location of the used jam is different, it comes under the glaze and not between the layers of sponge. The dispute reached the courtroom, where it was decided that only Cafe Sacher could call the cake, "original Sacher Tart."

Of course you can also find cream cakes, strudels and a variety of other excellent desserts in this cafe, but the statistics prove that the best-selling cake is ... well, you already guessed, Sacher Tart!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/aPCbarHsP2I



And the Amazing Display of Cakes at the Cafe:

https://youtu.be/nqJsRlLUCH8?t=1m36s
Cafe Central
#About Vienna’s Intellectual Coffee

Imagine sitting in a cafe where Sigmund Freud and the psychologist Alfred Adler are sitting. From time to time, Theodor Herzl comes in and tells of his visions for a Jewish state, and Lenin and Trotsky sit on a side table and play chess while dreaming of socialism and Marxism in Russia. There was also a man there who was futured for the world’s destruction, called Adolf Hitler.

Cafe Central, opened in 1876, is the place where, at end of the 19th century the Vienna intellectual elite gathered. The design at Cafe Central is prestigious, almost royal, probably because the cafe is located in an ancient palace. Marble columns and arches all around, expensive rugs, dark velvet chairs and crystal chandeliers complement the picture.

Here, half a century later, a group of philosophers, known as the Vienna Circle, will sit in the 1930’s. They were the founders of the school of "logical positivism" in philosophy. This approach argues that experience is the only source of knowledge and will reveal that logical analysis, along with symbolic logic, is the preferred method for solving philosophical problems.

But more about the café and its surroundings. At Cafe Central you will be served excellent coffee, with porcelain dishes placed on a silver tray. Along with the coffee the café offers wonderful desserts of Vienna, along with the excellent cakes and fine creams. Give a chance to the special pancake, Kaiser's dish, served with a variety of Viennese styled coffee.

The hungry will be able to enjoy the Vienna Schnitzel, and other classically delicious Viennese dishes from Vienna. Along with all these, if you like, you can indulge in the local Vienna cafe tradition and read the daily newspapers offered here for diners.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/LFc0Cnlxa80
Musikverein
#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.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VCYeqhjqYQ
Stadttempel
#About the Only Synagogue That Was Saved from the Nazis

The Stadttempel, the Great Synagogue of Vienna, is the lucky one out of Vienna's synagogues. This is the only one out of the 74 synagogues and Jewish buildings in the city that were not destroyed on Kristallnacht.

Its nickname is the Kristallnacht, the night of the violent pogrom by Nazi rioters against the Jews. The crystal image came from the many pieces of glass scattered everywhere, as a result of the shattered glass of Jewish houses and businesses.

There were two main reasons why this synagogue survived the difficult night. One is its proximity to the offices of the Jewish community and the German apprehension about its important archive, which included inscriptions and necessary information for their diabolical needs, about the Jews of the city of Vienna.

The second reason was the Germans' fear that the fire would damage the houses nearby. The reason is that the structure of the synagogue was part of a dense row of residential buildings.

Although not severely damaged, the Jewish community renovated the synagogue after the war and added to it glory and splendor.



#Architecture of the Building

Despite being a synagogue for Jews, the architect of the synagogue was not Jewish himself. It therefore has quite a few Christian characteristics. At that time, during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph II, laws were passed that stated that religious buildings would not receive a prominent and conspicuous façade. This is why the synagogue, which is more beautiful on the inside, looks outwardly like a regular dwelling and manages to hide all its architectural beauty inside the building.

The synagogue has 4 floors and is topped by a dome. Just like all the other synagogues, here too there is a clear separation between men and women - the men sit on the lower floor and the women rise to the balconies of the first and second floors.
Cafe Demel
#About the Famous Cafe that Serves Divine Apple Strudel

You know what? - Let's not call this place a "cafe," since watching the Marzipan artist creates figures from marzipan and amazing cakes like Demel's Strudel, is an experience that is not ordinary in cafes. This is an artistic institution. End of point.

The Cafe Damel bakery was founded in 1785, when it was bought a century later by Christophe Demel and since then it has been named after him. The pastry shop is located at the edge of Kohlmarkt, Vienna's most expensive street. It has a sun terrace with tables, an inviting Baroque entrance, hanging crystal chandeliers and mirrored wall panels.
Demel boasts the status of “Kaiserlich und Königlich”, which means that it is an official supplier of the empire and the royal family.

To complete the experience, the pastry shop has a glass wall through which diners can see the bakers preparing their excellent strudels and cakes. The coffee will be served here from fancy containers and the chocolate drinks , which we are usually made from the powder, is made from real chocolate.



#How to Prepare the Demel Viennese Strudel?

To this day, the real Viennese strudel is served here to the general public. Its dough is so thin that the pastry chefs say that you have to be able to read a newspaper through the strudel dough for it to be authentic.

When the dough is spread on the table, sprinkle some apples, raisins, almonds, sugar, cinnamon and a little lemon, so that the flavor will balance the taste of the apple. Finally, roll the strudel and put it in the oven.



#About the Cafes in Vienna

Filled with culture and the atmosphere of yesteryear, Vienna's cafes offer a special experience. Here the Viennese spend leisure time or rest during the afternoons, with local newspapers.

The cafés here are very relaxed, which is part of the Viennese culture. Here you can sit for hours and even a whole day reading newspapers and not rushing anywhere, without anyone having a problem with it.

Dozens of coffees types are offered here and you can ask for a guided tour with photos of all the kinds of coffee. In any case, if the waiters asks you if you want "ober" in your coffee, it mean adding whipped cream on top of your coffee.

Alongside with coffee in Vienna, the waiters tend to always serve a glass of water and they will fill it again and again until the customer leaves. They will always be dressed, by the way, in a white shirt and dark trousers, a respectable and meticulous attire that is mandatory in the Viennese cafes.

The design here often conveys the appearance and atmosphere of the past, although over the years of the modern era, some of Vienna's cafes changed the traditional design for a modern, young, elegant and more modern design.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/nqJsRlLUCH8



Everyone Here Bakes the Strudel - Vienna's Famous Apple Pie:

https://youtu.be/ND2m50YxFBQ
Museum Judenplatz
#The Museum of Jewish History in the Middle Ages

The Jewish Museum is located in Judenplatz, Jewish Square. The Jewish Square has always been a central place for the Jews of Vienna and today is the symbol that connects the heritage of the Jews of Vienna from the past, to the present and the future.

The Jewish Museum opened in 2000 with the aim of commemorating the Jews of Vienna who perished in the Holocaust and the anti-Semitic events that have been afflicted on the Jews in Vienna since 1938. The museum is built of different layers dealing with the Jewish history of Vienna in the Middle Ages.

In the lower basement, for example, you can see the remains of the ancient medieval synagogue. These are remnants of the synagogue that once stood here, before it was destroyed in the fire of 1421. Alongside them there are exhibits that reflect the way of life, culture and society of the Jews in Vienna. It is important to know that before the Nazi occupation there was a large and influential Jewish community in the city.

To summarize the experience, you can also see here a film about Jewish life in the present period - a fascinating film worth watching.

The museum also has a database of all the Jewish victims who died between 1938 and 1945.

May they rest in peace.



#Tips

Entrance is free for children up to the age of 14.

On Saturdays the museum is closed.
Palmenhaus
#About the Plant Nursery that Became a Popular Restaurant in the City

The Palms House (Palmenhaus), located in the center of Vienna near the new Albertina Museum, was built in 1901. Originally it served as a greenhouse for tropical plants and a place to grow butterflies for the Royal Palace. The place was not always flourishing and visited, and for many years it was called "Sleeping Beauty" because the place was neglected and was hard to rise. Only in 1998 began the massive renovation of the greenhouse, which lasted three years.

And it worked. The metal and glass structure quickly became a hot brasserie restaurant, the Palmhouse. It became a hit among tourists and locals. Palm trees and tropical plants are growing throughout the greenhouse, but the heat and humidity of the greenhouse can be tolerated thanks to the air conditioning. They became an integral part of the decor of the cafe and the restaurant, which were built inside the greenhouse and not outside, alongside it.

The restaurant is open for most of the day, but it will be very difficult to get an available table. On rainy days you can watch no less than 250 people huddled under the glass ceiling of the greenhouse. The Palmhouse has become one of Vienna's most popular and lively restaurants and if you can book a place, it will provide you with a few perfect resting hours, especially on the rainy and cold days of winter Vienna. Take a coat!



#Tips

On Thursdays they play live music, usually jazz ensembles. Enjoy!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/bFpuPTdqsMM


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
Vienna State Opera
#About the Vienna Opera House

The Vienna Royal Opera House is one of the most important cultural symbols in Vienna. It was built at the end of the 19th century and features a hall with more than 2,200 seats inviting curious visitors. This is, as far as we know, the only opera house in the world where a different opera is shown every evening!

The opera house was inaugurated in 1869 by Emperor Franz Josef. The first opera performed here was Mozart's Don Giovanni. It is interesting to hear what the emperor said about the opera "The music is great but not suitable for the mouths of my ‘Viennese’." The witty Mozart replied, "Then they will have to learn to chew."

As part of the Allied bombing during the World War II, part of the building was destroyed. It was reopened only in 1955 by a performance of the opera "Fidelio" conducted by Karl Bohm.

Thousands of tourists come here with guided tour to the impressive entrance hall, the main stairway, the halls, the reception rooms and the view of the central stage. Through the guided tour comes alive the rich and amazing history of the building, combining elements of real costumes, backdrops and large portraits.

The repertoire of the performances, held here every evening, is particularly varied - from Baroque works to 20th century works. The Opera, the Ballet and the annual Opera Ball are all shown here and anyone can book tickets in advance.



#Tips

If you wait in line in the afternoon, you can purchase tickets for the opera for less than 5 euros. Watching while standing, the view excellent, and contrary to what you will think - it is so special that it will not be difficult to stand for two hours.

Between April and September, the Opera House broadcasts over 100 operas and classical performances on a huge screen in the square opposite the Opera House.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dQhWzm-4bgQ
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
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.
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