Places to visit and things to do in Austria
There are a plethora of pages presenting Austria's beauties. This page offers a unique view also on the web pages that display the locations public or private. We thought that we could provide another tool to the visitors planning to visit Austria as they can do some research before hand. Let's start with what you can do in Austria and its principal cities.
- Vienna is the capital of Austria and its most prominent city. Vienna has been in the top 10 of many international lists when one takes into account the living conditions. Now as a country, Austria offers high standards of living, education, public transport, wealth, and safety standards.
- Saint Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom or Domkirche or StephansKirche or Steffl) the most emblematic site in Vienna and whole Austria. The church dates since 1137 but in its current Romanesque and Gothic form was initiated in 1339. It was the highest (136 meters or 446 ft) building in the center of Vienna for centuries with its multicolored tile roof covered by 230,000 glazed tiles. Its bells originally cast in 1711 from the canons of the Ottoman (Turks) invaders defeated in the region. Stephan's Dom has tombs, cemeteries, and crypts in its basement. With an outdated website for the money the church receives, it offers little value to modern visitors http://www.stephanskirche.at. You arrive at a full image page, a doorway that you have to click to get the first content. Then you have to click again to change the language to English. With three million visitors per year, most of them not mastering the German language, it is odd that the German page gets served first. There are more languages that you have to discover by clicking the small menu button. The information is structured oddly starting with irrelevant stuff. To learn about the Dom's history you will need to visit other websites i.e. Wikipedia. At least the information about the concert events happening in the church is current.
- Austria is also famous for its sweets. The Sachertorte, is an Austrian sweet sponge covered with chocolate, apricot jam, and whipped cream. The symbolism of Sachertorte in the Austrian culinary things is so strong that it has its own National Celebration day at December the fifth. The Sacher Cafe is proudly mentioning Sachertorte in its page: https://www.sacher.com/en/original-sacher-cake. The page is built in English and German and plays well on mobile devices.
- Vienna offers a mix of culinary treasures from Asian to North European, to Australian and American cuisine. Vegetarian, Sushi, Indian, Mexican, Israeli, Irish, Iranian, all sorts of dishes from around the world.
- Just visit Naschmarkt in the heart of Vienna where all cultures mix and food products imported. Naschmarkt is a perfect place to taste the different cuisines. Things to see in Naschmarkt is the flea market on Saturday and the art-nouveau buildings from architect Otto Wagner i.e. the Majolikahaus AKA the Painted Buildings or Majolica Wienzeile, that sort of frame this particular location. Naschmarkt's web page is: https://www..naschmarkt-vienna.com. The page is built in English but not updated since 2012 so not suited for mobile devices. Fillgraderstiege is a beautiful stair near Naschmarkt worth seeing together with Cafe Drechsler (1919) near Naschmarkt. The Cafe Drechsler web page is: https://www.cafedrechsler.at an outdated web page offered in English but will not perform well on modern devices.
- The Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/. The baroque palace belonged to the Hapsburgs dynasty which ruled for almost six centuries in Austria. The palace split into two sections worth visiting. The Palace and the Park with its Gardens. The palace commissioned at the end of the seventeenth century by Emperor Leopold I to the Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach initially to serve as an imperial hunting lodge for his son Prince Joseph. When the son became Emperor Joseph I the lodge grew in the course of the eighteenth century into a palace and taking the role of the imperial summer residence. There is a royal winter residence in the center of Vienna. The Park and Gardens is an area of around 1 square km with vineyard, zoo, belonging to the World Heritage Sites. The Schönbrunn website is a modern implementation that respects its visitors and stands up to the level of the palace. It offers lots of useful information about the Museum, its history, events, etc. in many languages. For filming or taking photographs consult the online guide.
- The Musem of the Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum) found on Ringstrasse was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary and opened its doors in 1891. The Kunsthistorisches Museum has Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Coin collections, the Kunstkammer collection with selected masterpieces, Library, Collection of Arms and Armour, the Greek ancient city Ephesus, and other masterpieces. Sadly, the website of the Museum https://www.khm.at is not optimized for modern browsers plus online visitors cannot find the relevant page about its history. The Musem has a mobile app, but we have not tested it as it would exceed the scope of the current page.
- The Spanish Riding School (Spanischen Hofreitschule) located in the Hapsburgs' palace in the center of Vienna counting more than 450 years of history. The Spanish Riding School shows the skills of the Lipizzaner white stallions bred in the West Styrian village of Piber and trained in Heldenberg in Lower Austria. The horses originated in the sixteenth century from a Spanish breed considered noble and suited for the art of classical horsemanship. The show that these horses give is spectacular. The website http://www.srs.at is modern but opens initially in German instead of English.
- The House of Music (Klangmuseum) opened in 2000 and located in the center of Vienna. It is an interactive way of exploring the history of sound and music. For a young museum one would expect a modern website up to the standards of an interactive museum but its page looks more like a blog http://www.hausdermusik.com/en.
- The Ring Road (Ringstrasse) built since 1857 on the old city walls of Vienna taken down after an Emperor decree, and it surrounds the inner old town of Vienna. It is a big boulevard with transportation lines and planted trees that give an air of metropole to the Vienna center. The Ring Road has significant landmarks placed on its shores as in the State Opera, the Austrian Parliament, the Gothic Votiv Church, the City Hall, the City Theater, the Urania Observatory, the Vienna University, etc.
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