Highlights of this tour
- Vienna’s Ringstrasse
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- The Hundertwasser House
- The Hundertwasser Village
- Gardens of the ÜPalace of Belvedere
- Schönbrunn Palace
We start this Discover the highlights of Vienna tour along Vienna’s Ringstrasse. The most beautiful boulevard in the world is home to many of Vienna’s best-known sights, such as the Imperial Palace, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Natural History Museum, the Vienna State Opera and Parliament. Magnificent palaces, extensive parks, and important monuments line the “display window” of the former Danube monarchy.
The first stop on this Discover the Highlights of Vienna tour is at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which is the symbol of Vienna. Construction started in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. The St. Stephen’s Cathedral is 107.2 meters long and 34.2 meters wide, and it has four towers. The tallest of these is the southern tower at 136.44 meters. The tower room that has 13 bells is reachable by taking 343 steps. From the top, you have a beautiful view over Vienna.
The best-known bell of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Pummerin, is located in the 68.3 meter-tall northern tower. It is the second-biggest free-swinging chimed church bell in Europe. They laid colorful roof tiles on the roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in which you can see the Royal and Imperial double-headed eagle and the coat of arms of the city of Vienna.
During this tour, there is time to rest at The Hundertwasser House, one of Austria’s architectural highlights. The house is designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and draws visitors from around the world.
Anyone who lives in the Hundertwasser House has the right to decorate the façade around the windows to their taste. More than 200 trees and shrubs on the balconies and roof terraces make the Hundertwasserhaus a green oasis in the heart of the city. During this tour, you get the chance to see this colorful building from the outside.
Opposite from the Hundertwasserhaus, you find the Hundertwasser Village, which is open to visitors. It was created out of a tire workshop in 1990-1991. The artist created a shopping center here with a “village square,” a bar, and numerous stores in the typical Hundertwasser style.
The Belvedere is not only a magnificent Baroque palace, but it also houses one of Austria’s most valuable art collections, with important works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka.
Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736), a victorious general and art connoisseur, had Belvedere garden palace built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as his summer residence. At that time it was still situated outside the gates of the city.
This baroque architectural jewel consists of two palaces (Upper and Lower Belvedere), which today house Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The former summer residence of the Habsburgs impresses with imperial ceremonial rooms and magnificent gardens. Maria Theresa, Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth, and others once resided here. Schönbrunn Palace is one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque complexes and has been owned by the Habsburgs since 1569. The wife of Emperor Ferdinand II, Eleonore von Gonzaga, had a pleasure palace built on the site in 1642 and called the property “Schönbrunn.” Maria Theresa completely redesigned the palace and garden complex created in 1696, following the siege of Vienna. Today, due to its historical significance, its unique layout, and magnificent furnishings, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you wish to enter one of the sights, please notify us in advance. Note that entrance fees need to be paid on the day of your tour.
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