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As Austria's capital city, Vienna is a true representation of the exceptional architecture, cuisine, and charm that Austria is known for. Take a peek at Vienna and all its beauty in the photo journal below. You may also like the full guide to Austria found here.
Vienna at Night
There are plenty of opportunities in Vienna to catch some of its finest buildings as the sun is setting over the city. Whether you capture photos at blue hour or beyond, there's no shortage of stunning locations to view these remarkable buildings and settings.
Blue Hour at the Pond in Front of Karlskirche (St. Charles Church)
View of the Opera from the Top Steps of Albertina
Musikverein - The Vienna Concert Hall
From Gothic and Romanesque to Baroque and Art Nouveau, Vienna's churches are an eclectic mix of architecture and details. View the photos below to take in just a few of these beautiful examples sprinkled throughout Vienna.
Catching Great Light inside Stephansdom - (St. Stephen's Church)
Taking in the Soaring Neo-Gothic Vaulted Ceiling in Votivkirche (Votive Church)
Vienna Church Facades and Interior Details
Of the fourteen palaces in Vienna, the ones that top the must-see list are Schönbrunn, Belvedere, and Hofburg. At Schönbrunn, you'll be fascinated by the beautiful park and grounds. At Belvedere, in addition to beautifully landscaped surroundings, you'll find one of the largest collections of Gustav Klimt anywhere in the world. And finally, Hofburg and the Sisi Museum have installations that are beautifully organized and displayed. It is, to this day, one of my favourite museums.
The Fountain and Facade of Schönbrunn Palace
The Striking Baroque Facade of Belvedere Palace
Walking the Impressive Grounds of Belvedere
Interior Hall and Details of Belvedere Palace
Vienna definitely has its fair share of fountains; there are 54 monument and memorial fountains throughout the city that were often created by an artist of the era. Some are on palace grounds, while others spring up throughout the city in all different shapes and sizes. What better way to cool off in the summer than stopping by these works of art to stand in the cool spray of the water.
The Hochstrahlbrunnen Fountain has been Functional Since 1873
The Mermaid Sculptural Fountain in the Belvedere Palace Gardens
Horse and Buggy
I was completely enamoured by the sound of horse hooves clopping on the cobblestoned streets of Vienna. There was a whimsy to the whole experience, and it made the city more charming than it already is, if that's possible.
Horse and Buggies Lined Up Outside Hofburg Palace
Horse and Buggy Passing Albert Sturm
Crossing the Grounds of Schönbrunn Palace
Heading to the Opera in Style
The cuisine of Austria; it still makes me sigh to this day. While I loved the sausage, ate schnitzel to die for and had goulash at least once a day, I must admit that the desserts were impeccable! It was hard to pass some of the pastry shops without stopping in for a treat to devour later in the day.
Vienna Has no Shortage of Yummy Pastries
Delectable Cakes and Tarts are a Delicious Part of Vienna's Endless Dessert Offerings
Architecture and Details
Vienna's architectural and sculptural details make the city a visual wonderland. Around almost every corner is a beautiful white stone facade that seems almost too much to take in. Not only are the facades fascinating, but the interior decor is just as impressive and impeccably detailed.
Sculptural Fountain in Front of Vienna Parliament
The Staircase in the Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien)
One of the Many Incredibly Detailed Sculptures on Vienna's Facades
The Plague Column on the Pedestrian-only Street of Graben
A Wonderful Hotel
While touring Vienna, I stayed in Motel One Wien-Staatsoper, located just around the corner from the Opera. The details and quirkiness in the design of this hotel were unexpected and fun to explore. There was an opportunity to snap photos in many parts of the hotel, from the dining chairs sitting on ballerina feet to the tutu lamps and horn chandelier. The accommodations were well-appointed, and the price was right for the location. I highly recommend Motel One Wien-Staatsoper.
Attention to Architectural Details at Motel ONE Wien-Staatsoper
I always judge how much I love a city or country by the simple phrase "would I go back?" After all, there are so many places to explore. How do I answer that question about Vienna? With a resounding yes! I would return given the chance and would love to explore the city all over again. From the charm, the architecture, the food and the experience of it all, Vienna is a city that deserves to be on any travellers list of destinations.