Beauty of Vienna – citytrip pics

A few weeks ago we had a wonderful citytrip to one of the classiest cities I have seen so far in Europe. I am talking about Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, and even the 7th largest city of Europe. Although I love several cities in Europe, like Paris and Lisbon a lot, as you can read in my post: top 10 European cities to visit, Vienna is really something else. It is not a coincidence that the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a 2,5 hours we arrived at our hotel surrounded by a whole other world of wide streets, clean surroudings and impressive architecture.

Everything in this city is imposing, the buildings are big and stylish, the streets are broad and the parks are abundant and beautifully maintained. This is one of the most prosperous cities of Europe and it shows! If you are an architecture, heritage and culture lover like me this city is definitely worth a visit.  It’s even pretty with cloudy weather and dark skies, don’t you think?:)

25Hours rooftop view leftside Vienna

Rooftops of Vienna

Baroque, Art Nouveau and Classist influences are visible throughout the city in the impressive buildings and architecture. And music and culture is well represented in the many opera houses and museums all around.

Vienna centre  Streets of Vienna

Just a random Viennese street view

Just a random Viennese street view

As I love taking pictures and adore architecture & pretty sights I have explored much of the heritage and authentic sights of this city, and will share lots of my own pictures with you in this blog post! So if you are a visual peron like me and are looking for citytrip inspiration read on, and click on the pics to see the bigger picture and description of the sight..

We have only been here for 3 days, which is nearly enough to see a few museums and main sights, but of course there is much more to be seen here. Most public buildings and monuments are however situated conveniently close to each other around the Ringstrasse and near the Museumsquartier, where our hotel was located.

More about our beautiful 25hours Hotel beim Museumsquartier in the next blog post, as this experience was way to special to combine in this post. But hereby already a preview of the suite and rooftop view of this hotel.

25Hours Museumsquarter hotel Vienna rooftop bar  25Hours Museumquarter hotel room Vienna

View from 25hours rooftop bar towards Museumsquartier

View from 25hours rooftop bar towards Museumsquartier

Stay tuned because in my next blog post A hip citytrip stay in 25hours Hotel Vienna I will even be giving away a free stay for 1 night incl.breakfast here as well!

But now back to Vienna…I will take you on a tour around and inside my favourite buildings and sights of Vienna, including the following:

Parlament and Rathaus

From our hotel it was a short walk to the left and immediately we saw these impressive sights line up after each other.

Rathaus and Parlament Vienna

View towards the Rathaus and the Parlament

Vienna Rathaus

Arches of the Rathaus

Arches of the Rathaus

The park around the Rathaus is really nice as well and will give you great views towards the impressive building.

Rathaus park Vienna

Burgtheater

Across the street from the Rathaus you will see this impressive building.

Burgtheater Vienna

This beautiful music theater offers perfect views towards the Rathaus, and if you’re lucky you will even see Mozart himself walking around here:)

View of Rathaus from Burgtheater

View of Rathaus from Burgtheater

Volksgarten

If you pass the Burgtheater on the right, facing it, you will arrive at the Volksgarten park, leading up to Hofburg.

Volksgarten Vienna  Volksgarten Vienna

A wonderful place for a quiet stroll and relaxing stop on one of the many benches. If you walk on to the right you will arrive at another impressive building:

Hofburg

The former principal imperial palace in the centre of Vienna, which was the royal family’s winter residence and has seated many monarchs, rulers and governments over the centuries since 1297.

Hofburg Vienna frontside

Palaces make me happy, can you tell?

Hofburg statue Vienna

Hofburg Vienna courtyard

Hofburg courtyard

Schatzkammer

Hofburg has many areas worth a visit, but we mainly walked around the beautiful building and visited the imperial treasury, ‘Schatzkammer’ which showcases the king’s and queen’s robes and jewels.

Schatzkammer Hofburg Vienna (1)Hofburg Vienna inside  Schatzkammer Hofburg Vienna insideHofburg square Vienna

Twin museums of natural history and fine art

Near Hofburg are the twin museums of natural history and fine art, which dominate the sky of Vienna. These two identical buildings are an impressive sight and built right opposite to each other, almost impossible to capture together in 1 picture….

Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna

Naturhistorisches Museum

Naturhistorisch museum Vienna frontside

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Inside the Kunsthistorisches Museum

We have only to visited the Kunsthistorisches Museum. In this museum of fine art you will find Renaissance and Baroque paintings from renowned old masters such as Rubens and Vermeer, and numerous art treasures from the Habsburgers assembled over the centuries.

Kunsthistorisches Museum's beauty Vienna Kunsthistorisches museum's art Vienna  Kunsthistorisches Museum ceiling Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum inside Vienna (3)

Besides the artworks on display the building itself was very impressive. The diversity and richness of the materials used, the architecture and the decoration of the ceilings are more baroque and opulent than I have ever seen.

Kunsthistorisches Museum arches Vienna

Kunsthistorisches museum's architecture Vienna

Entrance hall Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna  Entrance hall Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Kunsthistorisches museum's lunchroom Vienna

Kunsthistorisches museum's views Vienna

Museumsquartier

This building and courtyard with several modern art museums is across the street from the famous Maria-Theresien Platz, where the twin museums are located.

Museumsquartier Vienna

Museumsquartier facade

A bit further in the west part of the city are Stephansplatz, Stephansdom, Stephanskirche and Graben, some of the main attractions of Vienna. A nice area to walk around to admire the diverse architecture, climb the stairs of the Stephansdom church, do some shopping in Graben shopping street, but also find some authentic smaller shops around Stephansdom and Stephansplatz.

Views from Graben and towards Stephansdom church

Stephansdom Vienna city contrasts  Graben streets of Vienna

Stephanskirche 

Stephanskirche Vienna

Impressive Stephanskirche alsmost hidden in a side street of Graben

Stephansdom and surroundings

Stephansdom Vienna

Impressive Stephansdom church

Authentic Vienna flowershops  Authentic Vienna alleys

Karlsplatz

It might sound strange, but the subway station of Karlsplatz is a definite must visit! You will be surprised by one of the most important examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. The top level of the subway station houses a small museum built in this style, and the café opposite to it is also very pretty and quiet. Certainly recommended for a coffee with a tasty sacher torte, while enjoying some of the most unique views of Vienna.

Karlsplatz Vienna

Karlsplatz café

Karlskirche

Right on Karlsplatz this impressive church will rise up in front of you while exiting the subway station. The church is huge and one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings I have seen so far!

Karlskirche Vienna

Schloss Schonbrunn

Your visit to Vienna is not complete without a visit to the summer palace of renowned princess Sisi. Situated just outside Vienna and only a short subway ride away.

Feeling like Sisi at Schloss Schonbrunn Vienna

Yes this palace makes me happy too!

Schloss Schonbrunn front square Vienna

Playing Sisi at Schloss Schonbrunn

Playing Sisi at Schloss Schonbrunn

The building itself is gorgeous from every side, but as the frontside is very crowded we loved the walk around the gardens, which are more quiet and make the views towards the building even prettier. There are a lot of benches where you can relax and enjoy the view.

We also did an audio tour of the building inside and saw many of the rooms of the royal family and learnt about their history. The decoration and furniture is all Roccoco style, nice but very kitsch in my personal opinion, a lot of gold, prints, paintings and decor combined. We were actually forbidden to take pictures inside, but I did manage to take 2 to give you an idea:)

Schloss Schonbrunn Vienna side gardensInside entrance Schonbrunn palace Vienna  Inside Schonbrunn palace first room ViennaSchloss Schonbrunn Vienna backside

The gardens are stunning and in my opinion even more beautiful than the inside of the palace. I could have walked around here for hours as the area is huge, and even has a zoo, labyrinth and several themed gardens.

Gardens of Schloss Schonbrunn Vienna backside palace

View towards the Gloriette

Inside the gardens of Schloss Schonbrunn Vienna

Schloss Schonbrunn Vienna gardens backside

View from the fountain of Schonbrunn

Gloriette

At the back of the palace up the hill there is an impressive arch including café and extra view point, called the Gloriette. It is surrounded by a park which offers a wide and unique view over Vienna and the palace itself, one of the highlights of our visit to Schonbrunn and worth the walk up hill!

The Gloriette Schonbrunn Vienna

Gloriette and the palace grounds train

The Gloriette stairs Schonbrunn Vienna

Schloss Schonbrunn and city view Vienna

Impressive view from up the hill over Schloss Schonbrunn and Vienna behind it

Vienna has so much beauty that we had to skip some sights, as we wanted to enjoy the surroundings and sights we did visit to the fullest.

Of course this is a good excuse to come back for the other beautiful sights we missed, such as: Hundertwasser Haus, Nationalbibliothek, Prater, Schloss Belvedere and Liechtenstein. And of course just to stroll around the beautiful neighborhoods of the city some more.

What do you think of Vienna? Have you been there already and if not, did my pictures make you want to visit? Let me know in the comments below or find me on social media for daily pics and get connected:

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6 Responses to Beauty of Vienna – citytrip pics

  1. Flitter Fever says:

    Very nice blog and pics Naomi!! I’ve been there before but very excited to go again this Friday! The only thing I kept thinking was: did it really take you 2.5 hours to fly from Amsterdam to Vienna? What route and airline did you take? A bormal direct flight should not take more than 1.5 hours…

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    • Thanx so much Elisa, happy you like it and looking forward to your pics next week!
      Your right it only takes 1,5 hours by plane but also about 1 hour to get to our hotel in the centre!
      xx Naomi

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  2. Andrea says:

    Wat een fan-tas-tische stad! And love your photos!!

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  3. rovingjo says:

    My grandmother was born in Vienna. I am not normally a fan of big cities I prefer the smaller ones with less people and more charm. But Vienna is an exception – such a lovely city. Happy Roving!!!

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    • Thanx for your comment Jo, I love taking pics of beautiful sights and cities and Vienna is just so photogenic! Really happy you appreciate it, and beautiful classy city to visit indeed:) Thanx again for your wonderful comments! xx

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