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Viennese City Sights –
easily reached from
the art hotel Der Wilhelmshof in Vienna

Vienna enchants its visitors by its “Alt-Wiener” flair and the countless attractions from different eras starting with Antique Romans, via the Babenberger and Habsburger dynasties, until our 21st century. It is almost impossible to describe all the places of interest, but we would like to recommend at least a few.

Schönbrunn Castle

Schönbrunn Castle is not only Austria’s largest castle, but also one of the most-visited places of cultural heritage. Visiting the castle will cast a spell and take you back into the imperial era of Maria Theresia, Empress Sissi and Emperor Franz Joseph I. In the palace garden, right behind the walls painted in the typical yellow colour of Schönbrunn, you will find not only the palm house and Neptun’s Fountain, but also the oldest existing zoo in the world: Tiergarten Schönbrunn.

Hundertwasser House

This house, situated in the 3rd district, was designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1985. It is a 20 minute walk away from “Der Wilhelmshof” hotel. Immerse yourself into the world of ornaments, where nature and living become one. The tenants carefully decorated the house, and thus transformed it into a green oasis.

Museums and exhibitions in Vienna – City of Arts and Culture

The white building of Leopold Museum with its impressive collection of 20th century masterpieces is the counterpart to the black building of MUMOK on the opposite side. The Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) is situated in Museum Quarter, the 7th district. Built of solid volcanic rock, it displays its collection of around 7000 pieces of modern and contemporary art on a space of approx. 5000sqm. Close to the city centre, the Museum Quarter (aka MQ), is a space of around 60.000sqm with many museums in different buildings. Starting at the Praterstern (and thus at the art hotel Der Wilhelmshof), the subway line U2 will take you there in approx. 10 minutes. A special treat for kids in the MQ is the ZOOM Children’s Museum with its interactive exhibitions, workshops and kid’s lectures.

Just to mention a few: the Museum of Ethnology, the Art-History Museum, Theatre Museum, but also the Wagenburg, the Hofburg Castle’s Treasury and the Museum of Natural History are absolutely worth visiting.

Churches in Vienna

In Vienna, you will find an impressive number of church buildings of every era such as Romanticism, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Historicism but also churches with a modern architecture. The St. Stephan Cathedral (affectionately called “Steffl” by native Viennese) is not only Vienna’s landmark, but also one of the city’s most splendid gothic buildings. If you climb the 343 steps of the Southern Tower, you will reach the tower warder’s room. The elevator in the Northern Tower will take you to an observation deck with a stunning view over Vienna’s roofs. On public holidays, you will hear the dark and powerful chimes of the “Pummerin” (Austria’s largest bell).
Another Vienna landmark, the Karlskirche in the 4th district is situated at the Karlsplatz and is one of Vienna’s most important baroque churches. The Michaelerkirche in the city centre was originally a Romanesque building and is one of Vienna’s oldest churches. The Michaeler Crypt with its mummies is beneath it. The mummies are probably a result of specific climate down there. In front of the Michaelerkirche, there are roman ruins which were found some years ago during excavation works.

The Vienna Peace Pagoda is a beautiful, bright white building by the banks of Donau in the 2nd district. Take the tram 21 from Praterstern down to the terminal. Why not join the daily meditations for peace at 5 o’clock?

Cemeteries in Vienna

The native Viennese don’t consider cemeteries merely as burial sites; moreover, they are part of the Viennese history and soul. Viennese cemeteries are places of culture, art and recreation. No wonder, the Austrian pop musician Wolfgang Ambros dedicated his song „Es lebe der Zentralfriedhof“ (Long live the Central Cemetary) to the Central Cemetery Vienna.

Vienna’s most famous and significant cemetery, the Central Cemetery Vienna stretches around 2.5 million square meters and is the final resting place for about 330.000 people of all religions. Many important personalities such as Johann Strauß (father and son), Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Nestroy, but also famous politicians and popular celebrities like Hans Moser and Falco found their last rest on the Central Cemetery. Owing to its diverse flora and fauna, the park-like cemetery is not only a place of quiet reflection, but also a place for recreation and silence. Why not join one of the guided tours through the Central Cemetery?

Absolutely worth visiting is the St. Marxer Cemetery. This burial site in the 3rd district is known for its art and is not in use any more. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried here in this idyllic cemetery. The magnificent bloom of countless lilac bushes is famous among Viennese and so this cemetery is also known as a place for recreation.

Gorgeous Palaces in Vienna

Most palaces are situated in Vienna’s historic city centre, the “Innere Stadt”. In close proximity to the Wilhelmshof hotel, in the 2nd district, you will find the Palais Leeb Augarten. This palace houses the Vienna Boys’ Choir since 1948 and also serves as their secondary school.

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