I will continue now with the next post about Vienna. In the past post I spoke about music and food, today it will be about art venues and distinctive places of the city.
Let’s start with it’s city centre. You will find here the beautiful “Stephansdom”, the cathedral of St Stephan, located in Stephansplatz. As an interesting fact, the famous musician Antonio Vivaldi’s funeral was held here. It’s an amazing, beautiful building of gothic style. It was damaged, as many of other important buildings, during the World War II but the damages were inmediately repaired and was fully reopened in 1952.
Everytime I entered in it I felt in peace. I used to go there when I needed time to think about my life. Even though is always full of tourists, the atmosphere is relaxed and calm. You can also take a tour through the cathedral and the catacombs, and to visit the two towers, for 5€.
Crossing the “Graben”, a beautiful street full of shops, cafés and bookshops, and walking through “Kohlmarkt”, where the famous café Demel is located, you arrive to the Hofburg. The Hofburg is a palace, currently serving as residence of the President of Austria, used by the Hasburgs as winter residence. It comprises different sections, one of them consists of 2 of the most important museums in Vienna: The Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum, the Art’s history and Nature’s history museums.
Another of the sections is the “Nationalbibliothek”, the National Library, the largest library in Austria. Inside of the library one can find different collections, like the Papyrus museum or the Globe museum.
Another historic monument is Karlskirche, Charles’s church, located in Karlsplatz. The church is cared by a religious order called ‘the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star’. It was built on what was then the bank of the River Wien. The history says that in 1713 the Black Plague swept through Vienna. Emperor Charles VI made a vow: if the plague left the city, he would build a church dedicated to his namesake, St. Charles Borromeo.
And to finish with Vienna, I will talk to you about one of the most beautiful and magic palaces in Austria, in my point of view: The Schloss Belvedere. That palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. It was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, which was both the imperial capital and home to the Hasburg dynasty. It consists in 2 parts, the Upper and Lower Belvedere and it’s considered one of the best baroque buildings in Austria. The Upper Belvedere is currently showing an art collection of Gustav Klimt. The Lower Belvedere places the prince’s chambers and the stables.
Definitely an indispensable place to visit.
My brain is not working anymore. I hope you enjoyed that virtual tour through Vienna. If you are thinking to visit Wien or want some tips about it, do not hesitate to let me know 😉
Good night everybody!!