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Venturing into Europe…stop 1: Vienna!

The next stop on this tour of the world is the wonderfully diverse Europe. The first place we’ll be exploring is Vienna, the capital of Austria and a very historic and interesting city. There is a wealth of museums, gardens, parks, and tourist attractions to check out in this city. Here is a good handful of the attractions worth checking out.

  • Schonbrunn Palace—a cultural world heritage site and Austria’s most frequently visited tourist attraction with state and residential rooms with traditional furniture and decorations along with a park and gardens surrounding the palace; Schlosstrasse 47
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum—an art museum with works from five millennia from Ancient Egypt to the present day including the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings; Maria-Theresien-Platz
  • Zoo Vienna—the oldest existing zoo in the world founded in 1752 and featuring more than 700 species of animals including giant pandas, tigers, orangutans, koalas, and elephants; Vienna 1130
  • Natural History Museum—a natural history museum that includes a large collection of dinosaur skeletons, meteorites, and insects from around the world; Burgring 7
  • Technisches Museum—a museum that depicts Austria’s contributions to the birth of modern technology with multimedia shows and exhibits illustrating our dependence on technology in our daily lives; Mariahilfer Strasse 212
  • Heeresgeschichtliches Museum—a military history museum situated in the center of the Arsenal depicting 500 years of Austrian and European history including the history of the Hapsburg Empire from the 16th century until 1918; Ghegastrasse
  • Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art—founded in 1863 as the Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, this museum is considered an important art museum featuring art from around the world and from various fields of art; Stubenring 5
  • Imperial Treasury—an elegant building home to 1,000 years of treasures including the Holy Lance, the Imperial Crown, the sable of Charlemagne, and the Burgundian treasures; Scheweizer Hof
  • 21er Haus—Vienna’s newest museum of modern art housed in a building that was built for the 1958 World Expo that was renovated and reopened in 2011 to highlight Austria’s best modern art including the largest collection and archive of Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba; Arsenalstrasse 1
  • Belvedere Palace—a magnificent example of Baroque architecture that was originally the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy and later the home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand with 17th century salons, frescoes, and museums dedicated to Austrian painting with the primary attraction a collection of 19th and 20th century Austrian paintings by early 20th century artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka; Prinz-Eugen Strasse 27
  • Freud Haus—Sigmund Freud’s residence from 1891 to 1938 with five rooms of memorabilia including documents, photographs, telegrams, and waiting-room furniture; Berggasse 19
  • Haus der Muzik (House of Music)—a high-tech music museum located on several floors of an early 19th century palace that features rooms dedicated to great Viennese composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss among others as well as exhibits that trace the development of sound and illustrate how the ear works and interactive computer games including one that allows you to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic; Seilerstatte 30
  • Albertina Museum—an art museum home to almost 65,000 paintings and almost a million prints include works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Rembrandt; Augustinerstrasse 1
  • Architekturzentrum Wien (Vienna Architecture Center)—an architectural exhibition with exhibits on Austrian architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
  • Burggarten—a garden oasis with a statue of Franz Josef and a statue of Mozart as well as a butterfly house with tropical trees, waterfalls, a butterfly nursery, and over 150 species on display; Opernring
  • Collection of Arms and Armor—one of the most extensive arms and armor collections in the world with a triumphal arch entrance; Neue Burg, Heldenplatz
  • Collection of Historical Musical Instruments—a collection of musical instruments such as pianos once owned by Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler; Neue Berg, Heldenplatz
  • Ephesus Museum—a museum in the Neue Berg with Roman antiquities discovered by Austrian archaeologists; Neue Berg, Heldenplatz
  • Falschermuseum (Museum of Art Fakes)—a unique museum with forged pieces including Chagall and Rembrandt paintings and a fake diary written by Adolf Hitler; Lowengasse 28
  • Globe Museum—a museum featuring a collection of over 400 terrestrial and celestial globes with the oldest an earth globe from 1536 and a ground floor level exhibit on the history of Esperanto; Herrengasse 9
  • Hofbibliotek (National Library)—a majestic baroque library with a grand hall featuring treasured books and biannual special exhibits in the hall displaying some of the rare books in German and English; Josefsplatz 1
  • Hofmobiliendepot (Furniture Museum)—a museum that displays the furniture of the royal court and re-created rooms that illustrate the history of furniture making in Vienna; Mariahilferstrasse 88
  • Judenplatz Museum—formerly the Jewish ghetto and the remains of a 13th-century synagogue that is dedicated to Austrian Jews who died during World War II; inside are three exhibition rooms that describe medieval Jewish life and excavations of the synagogue; Judenplatz 8
  • Judisches Museum der Stadt Wien—situated within the former Eskeles Palace is the Jewish Museum of Vienna that features permanent exhibits that illustrate the role Viennese Jews played in their professions from philosophy to music as well as a café and bookstore; Dorotheergasse 11
  • Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments)—a suite of eighteen rooms that can be reached by climbing up the marble Emperor’s Staircase that includes the rooms where the ruling family of the Hapsburg Empire conducted their affairs such as the room where Emperor Franz Josef in 1889 was told that his only son, Crown Prince Rudolf, had killed himself and his soulmate; Emperor Franz Josef’s simple iron bed; and Empress Elizabeth’s gymnastics equipment as well as five rooms devoted to Elizabeth’s most valued possessions; Hofburg, Schweizer Hof
  • Karlskirche—a church dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo whose exterior columns portray scenes from Borromeo’s life and the rights of the Hapsburgs to their Spanish territories and interior has fine vault frescoes and a panoramic elevator that takes visitors to the sphere of the dome where they can view the heart of Vienna; Karlsplatz
  • Kunsthaus Wien—an art museum with international exhibitions as well as displays of the artwork of Friedensreich Hundertwasser; Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
  • Leopold Museum—a museum that features the collection of Rudolf and Elizabeth Leopold including one of the world’s best collections of Austrian painter Egon Schiele’s works and works of art by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoshka, and Richard Gerstl; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
  • Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation)—Austria’s collection of 20th century art that has eight floors filled with American pop art, Rene Magritte works, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Cy Twombly; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplat 1
  • Prater—a public park with amusement park rides such as a restored Ferris wheel, a planetarium, and a museum that elaborates on the Prater’s history; Riesenradplatz
  • Romermuseum—a museum with the ruins of a Roman military camp that dates back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries including fragments of buildings, pieces of pottery, children’s toys, statues, idols, and ornaments as well as interactive games for children; Hoher Markt 3
  • Schonbrunn Schlosspark (Palace Park)—on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace is this park with a zoo, carriage museum, panoramic views of the city and palace complex, a playground, and maze; Schonbrunner-Schloss-Strasse
  • Uhrenmuseum (Clock Museum)—a clock museum with three floors of clocks and watches dating from the 15th century to the present; Schulhof 2
  • Volksgarten—a park with a rose garden, a Greek temple, and a monument to Empress Elisabeth, Franz Josef’s wife, who was assassinated by an Italian anarchist in 1898; Burgring 1
  • Wien Museums Karlsplatz—a museum with Viennese historical artifacts such as 16th century armor, paintings by Schiele and Klimt, and the preserved façade of Otto Wagner’s Die Zeit offices; Karlsplatz
  • Zoom Kinder Museum (Zoom Children’s Museum)—a children’s museum with a lab where children can explore virtual reality, make screenplays come alive, and play in the imaginary ocean with underwater creatures; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1

 

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