Vienna museums

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National History Museum & Museum of Fine Arts 

On the Ringstrasse, one across the other, are settled, two largest and the most important museums of Vienna, the National History Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. National History Museum is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It’s founded in 18 century, from the Hof-Naturalien- Cabinet, the collection the was collected and founded by Habsburg dynasty. There are 39 halls in this museum, 25 millions of plant and animal exhibits and with 60  scientists who work there.  In this museum you can see all the wealth and the beauty of the life on Earth.

More information on National History Museum .

Museum of Fine Arts is the largest Viennese museum. Here you can see exhibits starting from ancient Egypt until the 18 century. The most important collections are the Renaissance and Baroque Italian, German, Spanish and Flemish painting school. This museum was also founded from the collection of the Habsburg dynasty. The most important collection is the one that collected Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in 17 century. The exhibits you can visit here are: The Gallery of the old masters, Egyptian-Oriental Collection, Antique Collection, a collection of objects of applied art and the Numismatic Museum.

More information on Museum of Fine Arts  .

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Hofburg Imperial Palace & Sisi museum 

This is one of my favorite museums. Hofburg Imperial Palace is now part of Austrian National museum, together with Museum of Fine Arts and National History Museum. These museums were built as part of the Imperial forum of Emperor Franz Joseph I. In the Hofburg Palace complex, you can visit numerous interesting museums: Museum of Efes, the Imperial treasury, treasury of religious items, museum of papyrus and museum of globes, Austrian museum of theater… There are showed exhibits like collection of old musical instruments, court collection of hunting trophies,  insignia of the Grand Duchy of Austria,  insignia of Austrian Empire, insignia of the Holy Roman Empire, the treasure of Burgundy and the knights of the Golden Fleece and the treasure of the Habsburg dynasty. The most important and the most visited museums and exhibitions are the Silver collection, the Imperial chambers and Sisi museum. The Imperial Silver Collection consists of the marvelous dinning services and the other two exhibitions allow you to enter the personal everyday life of the Imperial family. You can visit 19 Imperial chambers as are the bedrooms, dining rooms etc and find out a little bit more about the life of the most famous Austrian imperial couple. Sisi museum is dedicated the Empress Elisabeth, the wife of the Emperor Franz Joseph I. She was the most beautiful woman of her time, but not very happy one. The people of Austria loved her, so they called her Sisi. By visiting this museum you’ll have the chance to learn more about her sad life, despite of wealth. 

When it comes to tickets, there are three package or you can buy separate ticket for every one of these museums. In the first one, you’ll get an audio guide ( available in 11 languages)  and you can visit three attractions. The price is around 12 euros. The second one, allows you to visit the Imperial Silver Collection or the Sisi museum and the Imperial chambers. If you choose this package, you’ll take the tour with the tour guide. The price is around 15 euros. The last package, and the most expensive one consist of tours of Hofburg, Schonbrunn, and the Imperial furniture collection. The price for this package is between 25-28 euros.

More about  this museum complex you can find out on this site:

Hofburg museum

There are some other places and museums to visit around this complex, like Spanish riding school, Albertina museum, Austrian National Library…

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Schonbrunn Palace 

Schonbrunn is the imperial summer residence, built in 17 century. After the collapse of the Empire, this palace became the museum. There are 1400 chambers in the palace. More than 2 000 000 tourists come to see one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe every year.  The price from tour ticket for this palace depend of the number of the chambers you are going to see. The shortest tours includes 22 chambers and the  longest tour include the 40 chambers. You can choose do you want an audio guide or a tour guide. Another option is to buy a Sisi ticket that includes visit to Hofburg, Schonbrunn and visit to the Imperial Furniture Collection. In this complex, you can also visit the museum of carriages, the oldest zoo in Europe, opened in 1752, labyrinth and Gloriette. The price for labyrinth is 3 euros and for the Gloriette 5 euros.

more information about ticket you can get on this site: Schonbrunn Palace Museum .

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Belvedere Palace 

Belvedere is the complex of Baroque palaces built for the Austrian Price Eugene of Savoy. I’ll tell you little bit more about this palace is the next post but today I’ll share with you the most important things about this amazing Imperial residence. Here you can visit Lower and Upper Belvedere and the 21er Haus, new museum of the contemporary art. Here you can see the largest collection of Klimt’s works like world famous ” Kiss” and the works of the other famous painters like Egon Schiele and Oscar Kokoschka. Visiting the outdoor of the palace and the gardens of palace are free.

More about ticket prices you can find out here: Belvedere Museum .

All the ticket for the Imperial tours you can find and buy on this web-site: Imperial Austria .

! TRAVEL TIP ! 

Don’t forget to buy Vienna card, because you can get significant discounts for all the Viennese museums!

 

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A walk around the first district of Vienna

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Are you ready for a lovely walk around Vienna’s center? Vienna is divided into districts, and the city center is located in the first district. Around this district  is a tramway, on the place where once were city walls. Inside Ringstrasse, the circular street, the border of the first district, are located most important historical, cultural and political buildings of Vienna.

If you are coming to the city center by subways or Uban, you’re stop is Stephansplatz, or the main city square. On this square is located, the largest cathedral in Vienna, Stephansdom, or St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This impressive Gothic cathedral is known of its interesting colorful roof and 136,7 meters high tower. Construction of St. Stephen’s Cathedral lasted from 1304 until 1450. Entrance for this cathedral is free.

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Another church you’re going to see during your walk, on Petersplatz, near Graben street  is St. Peter’s Church. This church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity even though it’s called St. Peter’s Church. This is the oldest church in Vienna, founded in 4th century, but  current appearance got in the beginning of the 18th century. This is one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna, especially thanks to luxurious interior.

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To continue are walk around Vienna, walk trough Hofburg Palace. The tour of Hofburg Palace deserves its own few hours and a special post. My story of Hofburg Palace you can read here. The next building on Ringstrasse you’re going to see are museums. You can catch the tram number 1 and take a ride around this district.  Maybe you’ll find something interesting I didn’t see during my tour.

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The next stop on our walking tour is Rathausplatz. The most important buildings on this square are Burgtheater and Rathaus building or City Hall. Burgtheater is Austrian National Theater. This theater was built on request of the Empress Maria Theresa, because she wanted to have her own or royal family theater near her house, the Hofburg Palace. Burgtheater was opened in 1741. Across the street is located Vienna’s City Hall or Rathaus. This building was constructed on request of another great Austrian ruler, Franz Joseph I. Rathaus was built in Gothic style and the dominating part of this building is the 97,9 meters high tower. On the top of this tower is settled Rathausmann, the knight who protects Rathaus. Inside Rathaus you can see ball and concert halls and on the walls of it you can see the portraits of famous Austrians like Empress Maria Theresa, Emperor Franz Joseph I, Mozart, Schubert… Between the theater and the Rathaus is located one of the most beautiful parks in this city. The Rathaus park was also build as a wish of the Emperor Franz Joseph I, in 1863. This is favorite place of Viennese citizens. During the summer, you can enjoy open-air cinema, concerts, operas, theater plays. In the winter were is settled the skating rink around all the park. During colder months you can also enjoy amazing street foo, cookies and wine on the stalls in the park.

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The last stop on our tour is Austrian parliament. This is one of the most impressive building in Vienna, with the surface of 13 500 square meters. This building is home to both houses of Austrian Parliament ( National and  Federal Council). The construction of this building lasted from 1873 until 1883. In from of the parliament, you can see the fountain dedicated to the the Greek goddess of justice, Athens.

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I hope you liked this walk with me! I hope you’ll do this tour during your next visit to Vienna and tell me your impressions.

Until the next post, I wish you to have fun and enjoy your life!

Shopping in Vienna

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Shopping is, at least for me, unavoidable part of my travels. After I’m done with visiting all the important historical and cultural sites, I spend some time shopping. During my stay in Vienna, there were some major discounts in some shops, so I take that chance and bought some new clothes and makeup for my friends and family and for myself.

If you love some mid-ranged  brands and shops, you can find them in  Mariahilfer strasse. In this longest street in Vienna, are located brands like Zara, C&A, H&M, Mango, Terranova, Newyorker… These brands are some of my favorites, and with acceptable prices for me. Walk through this street is really pleasant  and fun. After long and tiring shopping, take some time to relax and have a good cup of coffee and some delicious meal. The best coffee you can have in Graben street, or choose and visit  one of the numerous coffee shops in Kartner strasse. If you get hungry, go to Neuebaugasse 52 to Schnitzelwirt Schmidt, and enjoy world famous Viennese schnitzel.

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My choice for dessert of just for a small sweet break is famous Paolo Bortolotti ice cream shop or as Italians say ” gelateria”. This place has the best ice cream in Vienna. I was impressed with the taste and the range of ice creams they’re offering! There are two of their galaterias in  Mariahilfer strasse, so choose one and enjoy!

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If you are into some more luxurious stores, you can take a walk from Stephansplatz to Hofburg palace and visit all the exclusive stores like Dolce & Gabbana, Louise Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Armani, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co. …

As you can see, shopping day in Vienna can be a great choice how to spend time on rainy day. There is a large choice of stores for everyone’s wallet, from the cheaper and mid-range brands to the world famous exclusive luxurious brands. This is my proposal how you can spend your day in Austrian capital. I hope you like it! Keep reading and following my blog!

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