you visit Vienna Austria you find the traces of the
habsburger monarchy everywhere. Here was the seat of
the mighty souvereigns of the past centuries. But also
the vienna coffee shops, called “Kaffeehaus” and
the cultural life are famous. Every visitor feels the
special flair of this metropolis with its pleasant charme.
is the capital of austria with 2.4 millions inhabitants.
It lies in the north-east of austria near the eastern
alps and divided by the river danube. The distance
to Munich and Vienna is about 440 km and to Prague
about 290 km.
Vienna has excellent traffic connections. The vienna
international airport is only 20 minutes from the city
and can be reached by train or bus or the special CAT,
the city airport train which is a high speed railway.
few historical facts
p.C. the romans founded a military camp called Vindobona
in today’s heart of the city of vienna.
1220 Vienna became one of the most important towns
of the empire and the inner citywall was built
1529 the Turks occupied with more than 100,000 soldiers
the town of Vienna for many months. But they didn’t
a terrible plague epedemy raged in Vienna and left
almost 50,000 victims.
the second invasion of the Turks could be stroken back
after 6 months of hard battles.
- 1740 – 1780
Maria Theresia of Habsburg ruled over the Habsburg
empire and started a lot of reforms and improvements
for the people.
- 1781 – 1791
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived and worked in Vienna
and composed his most important opus.
he died in Vienna and was buried on cementary St. Marx.
Congress of Vienna. This was the convention of the
monarchs and representatives of the most important
states for political reorganisation of Europe after
the Napolean wars.
- 1828 – 1898 The regency of the famous empress Elisabeth,
called Sisi, the real queen of hearts.
austria offers many sights worth seeing- from imperialistic
monumental buildings and palaces to museums and opera
houses. The cultural and social life in the inner city
has the special flair of vienna.
The Stephansdom is the landmark of vienna and austria’s
most important gothic building. The dome embraces a
lot of art treasures which can be admired in guided
tours. The construction had begun in thirteenth century
and lasted over two hundred years.
the Kapuzinerkirche at the place Neuer Markt is the
Kaisergruft. Since 1633 members of the Habsburger dynasty
lie in this famous graves. In 1989 the last of 145
persons was empress Zita, the wife of the last austrian
emperor Karl I was buried here.
through the Dorotheergasse where you can find many
interesting shops for antiquities you reach the church
Augustinerkirche. This was a private church of the
Hapsburger where they celebrated many weddings of the
emperor’s family. So for example the wedding
of 16 year old Sissi with emperor Franz Joseph
I in the year 1854.
narrow Old Town lanes one reaches the Kohlmarkt, vienna’s
noblest shopping mile. Here is the traditional and
famous Kaffehaus Demel. The former bakery provided
the empress Sissi with fantastic sweets as for example
a lilac coloured icecream made of the flowers
than seven centuries the Hapsburg emperors reigned
their imperium from the Hofburg. The castle-chapell
remembers the middle age. Here sings the world famous
vienna boys choir, the Wiener Sängerknaben on
sundays. The Hofburg was a castle built in the thirteenth
century, but was modified by the family of the Habsburger
as a magnificent residence. Today the official residence
of the federal president is located there as well as
a important congress center and a great number of art
spanish riding school in vienna is also situated in
the Hofburg.It is the only institution in the world
where the classical riding skills of the renaissance
until today is preserved and exercised. The world famous
Lipizzan horses show their arts in performances in
the wonderful baroque riding hall.
center of attraction is palace Schönbrunn,
the former summer residence of the emperor’s family.
The palace is one of the most beautiful baroque buildings
in Europe. The enormous wide park offers a palm house,
a labyrinth and a famous zoo. The palace counts because
of its historical importance and his unique equipment
to the UNESCO – Cultural Heritage of the world.
discover all the historical sights you need a central
lying starting point. The tourist information at Albertinaplatz
behind the vienna Staatsoper is opened from 9 am to
7 pm. Here one is friendly served when searching a
hotel, a vienna map, a vienna car rental or car hire.
The best tips for vienna hotels, restaurants and guided
tours can be found here.
telephone number for vienna info and hotel is: +43-1-24
tourist-info is at the international airport vienna
in the arrival zone opened daily from 10 am to 9 pm.