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Wiener Musikverein

Wiener Musikverein (Bösendorferstrasse 12, Vienna) – this classical music concert hall, inaugurated in 1870, is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. Due to its acoustics, it is considered one of the best concert halls in the world. Various productions, including the annual Vienna New Year’s Concert, are held here. See the Musikverein’s website for […]

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Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera (Opernring 2, Vienna) – this is an opera house that was built in the 1860s and was originally known as the Vienna Court Opera (Wiener Hofoper), and was given its present name in 1920 (after the fall of the Austrian royal family). Various operas and theatrical productions were held there over the […]

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Vienna Museum

Vienna Museum – this is a chain of museums that have exhibits connected to the history of the city of Vienna. Its two main buildings are at Karlsplatz and Hermesvilla (a one-time palace and hunting grounds for Hapsburg nobility). At Karlsplatz, the history of Vienna is documented, starting with the first settlements on the Danube […]

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Urania Observatory

Urania Observatory (Uraniastrasse 1, Vienna) – this is an observatory and public education institute that was opened in 1910 by Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. Named after the Muse Urania, it was severely damaged during the Allied bombing campaigns against Austria during World War II.   Admission: €8 (adult)(planetarium), €7 (adult)(observatories); €6 (children up to […]

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The Lobau (Vienna)

The Lobau (Vienna) – this water forest is located in the southeastern outskirts of Vienna, and covers 2,300 hectares and accounts for almost one third of the entire area of the Donau-Auen National Park. This is one of six Austrian national parks, has existed for 15 years, and protects one of the last remaining large […]

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Technisches Museum Wien

Technisches Museum Wien (Mariahhilferstasse 212, Vienna) – this museum, opened in 1918, focuses on scientific and industrial innovations. Among the permanent exhibits there are: nature & knowledge, astronomy, physics, heavy industry (mining, iron, steel), transportation (locomotive trains, automobiles, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles), household appliances, energy, communications, and other areas. Admission: €10 (adult), €8.50 (seniors and students), […]

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Schloss Hof

Schloss Hof (Schloss Hof 1, Schlosshof, Austria) — just a 45-minute ride east of Vienna (via routes A4 and B9), with an ideal connection to the Vienna-Budapest motorway and within sight of the Slovakian capital Bratislava, a fascinating Baroque world of experience awaits tourists: the imperial Schloss Hof, which was built for Prince Eugene of […]

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Rossauer Barracks

Rossauer Barracks (Schlickplatz 6, Vienna) – built in the 1860s, this was one of three fortresses built in Vienna to protect the country’s elite (including royalty) from the masses in the event of a public uprising. The barracks are similar to some of the castles and palaces of northern Italy with contrasting red brick and […]

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Naturhistorisches Museum

Naturhistorisches Museum (Maria-Theresien-Platz, Vienna) – this is one of the country’s larger museums, focusing on various fields of research (from the solar system, to the evolution of animals & plant, human evolution, and prehistoric artifacts), and housing as many as 30 million specimens and artifacts. This site originally opened at the Imperial Natural History Museum […]

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Mozart’s Birthplace

Mozart’s Birthplace (Gereidegasse 9, Salzburg) – located about 3 hours (300 km) west of Vienna (via route A1), this historic building is the birthplace of the great Austrian composer (born there on January 27, 1756). Upon entry, visitors feel as if they had been transferred into another era:  uneven staircases, low ceilings and original furniture […]