As European capitals go, Vienna isn’t exactly first-tier, at least as far being a hot-spot travel destination. Everyone wants to see London, Paris, Rome, Berlin and Prague. Vienna can go unnoticed for those tearing through the continent, on limited travel time. But if you’re planning a visit to Europe, Vienna is well worth a look.
This photo of Imperial Palace (Hofburg) is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Here are five reasons to include Austria’s capital on your next travel itinerary:
1.) State Opera House
This attraction is well-rated among travelers, and with good reason. It is an exceptionally beautiful building, with a great deal of history behind it. Guests who are interested in the opera house’s legacy can take a guided tour of the premises and learn all about its history and its prominence in the city. Of course, the best way to see it is to take in a performance here, which will be a particularly memorable experience from your time in Austria.
2.) Imperial Palace
Allow yourself to be transported back in time to the age of the Habsburg dynasty by visiting the Imperial Palace, where elegant architecture, art and ornate decor will be the backdrop to your history lesson. There are three museums on the premises and each provides unique insights into this period in European history, so leave yourself plenty of time to visit each one.
3.) Belvedere Palace
If your thirst for castles isn’t quenched by a visit to the Imperial Palace, head over to Belvedere Palace, seat of the Prince of Savoy. Spring and summer are particularly nice times to visit, as the gardens will be in bloom and a treat to wander through. The real draw here is the extensive art collection, which many past visitors have commented on at length.
4.) Museum of Military History
Some people shy away from museums because they presume them to be boring, and feel they should be out and about in the city in order to really get to know a place. But this museum is worth visiting if only because you can see the car that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was riding in when he was killed, a fairly fascinating relic of history that is quite interesting to see up close.
5.) Imperial Treasury
This is where they keep the goods – the jewels and riches of the Habsburgs are kept here, and you can see items such as the imperial crown on display. Even if jewels are not exactly your thing, there are plenty of items to capture your interest, such as ancient swords and robes used and worn by the royal family and their courts. It is truly fascinating to come face to face with pieces of the past and feel some connection with the people who once ruled so much of Europe.
For a truly spectacular vacation, visit Prague, Berlin and Vienna, and you will gain perspectives from three very different cities that share some similarities and history while also providing unique insights into European history.