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Historic Centre of Vienna

Historic Centre of Vienna: Vienna developed from Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city. It became the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and after WWI, Vienna became the capital of Austria. The historic centre of Vienna is known for its Baroque castles and gardens, the 19th century Ringstrasse, lined with monuments, parks and grand buildings from the 'Gründerzeit', the great economic upswing in the middle of the 19th century. Vienna is well-known as the leading European Music City. Vienna has been a leading music centre in Europe since the 16th century. More famous composers have lived and worked in Vienna than in any other city in the world. The Austrian National Library is situated in the Hofburg Palace, the collection include the notable items Vienna Dioscurides, the Tabula Peutingeriana and the unique Atlas Blaeu-van der Hem, these three works are inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Vienna is also known for the legendary Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as 'Sisi' (Sissi). There is also another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vienna, the most famous Schönbrunn Palace, located in the outskirts of Vienna. The Historic Centre of Vienna gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.

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Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: A horse-drawn carriage in front of the Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace, the Hofburg served as the winter...

Historic Centre of Vienna: A horse-drawn carriage in front of the Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace, the Hofburg served as the winter residence of the Habsburg dynasty, the palace was built in the 13th century in the centre of Vienna. The Hofburg was expanded over the centuries and includes buildings such as the Amalienburg, the Burgkapelle and the Spanish Riding School. The Historic Centre of Vienna gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage 2001.

  1. Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: A horse-drawn carriage in front of the Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace, the Hofburg served as the winter...

    Historic Centre of Vienna: A horse-drawn carriage in front of the Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace, the Hofburg served as the winter residence of the Habsburg dynasty, the palace was built in the 13th century in the centre of Vienna. The Hofburg was expanded over the centuries and includes buildings such as the Amalienburg, the Burgkapelle and the Spanish Riding School. The Historic Centre of Vienna gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage 2001.

  2. Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: The bronze monument to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria stands in the Inner Courtyard of the Imperial Castle, the...

    Historic Centre of Vienna: The bronze monument to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria stands in the Inner Courtyard of the Imperial Castle, the Hofburg. On the left hand side the Amalienburg and the Reichskanzlei Wing on the right hand side. The Hofburg was for seven centuries the seat of the ruler of Austria. From here the Habsburg dynasty ruled until the end of World War I. The Historic Centre of Vienna gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage 2001.

  3. Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: The Palm House in the Burggarten, the former private garden of the Austrian Emperor. The Palm House was built...

    Historic Centre of Vienna: The Palm House in the Burggarten, the former private garden of the Austrian Emperor. The Palm House was built in the period 1901-1906. The 2000 m³ sized Palm House was built of steel and glass. The emperor used this private Palm House for relaxing. The Palm House brought the nature into the centre of Vienna. Today, visitors can watch exotic, free flying butterflies in a tropical surrounding.

  4. Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: The sarcophagus of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) in the Imperial Crypt. The crypt is situated beneath the...

    Historic Centre of Vienna: The sarcophagus of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) in the Imperial Crypt. The crypt is situated beneath the Capuchin Church. Since 1633, the Imperial Crypt is the final resting place of members of the Habsburg dynasty, also called the House of Austria. The last emperor to be buried here was Franz Joseph I, today, his wife Sisi is the most well known person of the Habsburgs.

  5. Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: The bronze equestrian statue of Archduke Albrecht is located on the Albertina Terrace outside the Albertina...

    Historic Centre of Vienna: The bronze equestrian statue of Archduke Albrecht is located on the Albertina Terrace outside the Albertina Museum. The Albertina was the largest residence of the Habsburgs. The palace was built in 1744 and houses a large number of furnished state rooms. Since 1805, it houses also a museum. The Albertina houses masterpieces of the great modern artists such as Monet, Renoir and Picasso but also work of the greatest artists in history.

  6. Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: The Vienna State Opera viewed from the Albertina Terrace, a terrace located next to the Albertina Museum. The...

    Historic Centre of Vienna: The Vienna State Opera viewed from the Albertina Terrace, a terrace located next to the Albertina Museum. The Albertina Terrace offers fine views of the Burggarten Park and the Hofburg Palace.  Vienna has been a leading music centre in Europe since the 16th century. More famous composers have lived and worked in Vienna than in any other city in the world. The Albertina Museum is an art museum situated inside a palace.

  7. Historic Centre of Vienna - Historic Centre of Vienna: The Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna is better known as the Musikverein. The Archives of the...

    Historic Centre of Vienna: The Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna is better known as the Musikverein. The Archives of the Musikverein houses a collection of music manuscripts, libretti, recorded material, musical instruments and numerous other objects related to music, the music manuscripts of Brahms were bequeathed in his will to the Musikverein. The Brahms Collection was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

  8. Historic Centre of Vienna - There are two UNESCO World Heritage Monuments in Vienna: The Historic Centre of Vienna and the Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn....

    There are two UNESCO World Heritage Monuments in Vienna: The Historic Centre of Vienna and the Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn. Schönbrunn Palace is located in the outskirts of Vienna. Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty and is nowadays one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. Franz Joseph I, the longest reigning emperor of Austria, was born in Schönbrunn Palace. Schönbrunn was also the summer residence of the legendary Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as 'Sisi' (Sissi).