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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!