St. Stephen's Cathedral is located in the heart of Vienna and with its massive south tower it is one of the city's most identifiable symbols dominating the Vienna skyline. The church is still used regularly for services and events. You can enjoy great views of Vienna by climbing the 343 steps of the south tower.
The Habsburg's former imperial residence was built between the 13th and 20th century. It was the center of the Habsburg Empire for over 600 years and main residence of the imperial family until 1918. Today, the Hofburg is the official seat of the Austrian Federal President (situated in The Leopoldine Wing) and also houses several attractions within the complex, which consists of eighteen wings with more than 2,000 rooms. Some of the highlights include the Albertina Museum, the Austrian National Library; the Spanish Riding School and the halls of the Imperial Treasury.
The Schönbrunn Palace is situated about 6km (4 miles) from Vienna city center and was the former summer residence of the imperial family. Today this palace is one of Europe's most impressive Baroque palace complexes and is part of UNESCO's cultural heritage. For further information please click here.
Prater is a large recreational tract of parkland situated between the Danube river and the Danube canal, just east of Vienna's historic center. One of Vienna's most popular tourist attractions is the Wiener Riesenrad, a 64.75metre tall ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park also known as Volksprater or Wurstelprater. It was erected in 1896–1897 by the British engineer Walter Basset. From the top you have an incomparable view of the old city of Vienna and the Prater amusement park under your feet.
The Rathaus (The Vienna City Hall) was designed and constructed between 1872 and 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt and serves as the seat of the mayor and governor of the City Council and of the Assembly. The building's 100 meter tall tower is topped by a statue of an armored knight which became one of the symbols of Vienna
Various yearly public events are held on the square in front of the building known as the Rathausplatz. The square is flanked by statues to honor personalities who left their mark on the history of the city.
The Vienna State Opera was built in the mid-19th century and is one of the top opera addresses in the world. This famous stage offers a different program every day, with approximately 50 operas and 20 ballets about 300 days per season. The repertoire covers a remarkable cross-section of the full spectrum of operatic literature. The State Opera also houses the annual Vienna Opera Ball, an internationally renowned event with prominent participants from all over the world.
The Parliament Building is where the two houses of the Austrian Parliament conduct their sittings. The building was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Edvard Hansen in 1874 and was partly destroyed during World War II. One of the building's most famous features is the statue and fountain of Athena, in front of the main entrance. The visitor center is open for public when the Austrian Parliament is in session.
Located on the south side of Karlsplatz St. Charles's Church is the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna, as well as one of the city's greatest buildings. The church is consecrated to the patron saint of the Habsburg emperor, Saint Charles Borromeo. You can take a lift to the cupola for views of Vienna and for a close look at the opulent frescoes.