School Trips to Vienna
Vienna is known around the world as the city on the Danube. Boat cruises go around the 21km-long Danube Island, which was originally created as a flood defence passing the modern skyline of the city as well as “green Vienna”. Vienna has impressive archaeological buildings such as Belvedere Palace, Schonbrunn Palace and Hofburg Imperial Palace as well Figarohaus housing the Mozart Museum.
The city has a rich history from being the centre of a huge Empire to a small nation state, moving on to its Nazi past and role in the Cold War Vienna bears the scars of 20th Century events. It is also home to Sigmund Freud and the birthplace of psychoanalysis making its appeal diverse and rich in tradition.
The Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum) ranks among the richest and most important art collections in the world including paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Raphael, Titian, Velazquez and Bruegel. In addition, for art lovers, there is the Ca' Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art and Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s very first architectural project
For added atmosphere visit in December when the beautifully decorated markets are in full swing with handmade Christmas gifts and seasonal treats.
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St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is the number one attraction in the city. You can also climb up St. Stephen's Cathedral (South Tower), take the lift up to the Pummerin bell (North Tower), or go down into the catacombs.
Prater Amusement Park
The Prater is actually a park but the so called "Wurstelprater" is the oldest amusement park in the world. The Prater is home to the Ferris Wheel built in 1897 which is one of the city’s most famous landmarks as well as its latest addition the Praterturm which is the world's highest flying swing built in 2010. You will also find bowling alleys, cinemas, cafés in this area of the city.
Day Trip to Bratislava
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. The pedestrian- only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks the old town and the Danube.
The Danube tower is Austria's tallest building. Take the express elevator up to the observation platform - 150m above ground and enjoy the fantastic view over cosmopolitan Vienna.
December is a great time to visit Vienna which has a wonderful atmosphere at this time of the year. The lovingly designed and decorated market stalls located along the many narrow alleyways offer beautiful Christmas gifts while the smells of seasonal treats fill the air.
The Palace is one of the most exquisite Baroque structures in the world, consisting of two palaces (Upper and Lower Belvedere). The Upper Belvedere, shows Austrian and international art from the last two centuries: It contains prominent works of the French impressionists, and the most important pain?ngs of the Viennese Biedermeier era.
Schönbrunn Palace was generally used as the summer residence of the Habsburgs. Emperor Francis Joseph (ruled 1848-1916), who was born here in 1830, and liked to live the same Spartan life he imposed on the soldiers of his army, spent the last years of his life entirely in Schönbrunn.
Hofburg Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace was the residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918. Today, the Imperial Palace houses the offices of the Austrian president.
Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the oldest and last Riding School in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. The Lipizzaner is regarded as the oldest classic horse race in Europe.
Figarohaus – Mozart Museum
In this 17th-century residence, Mozart spent what were purportedly the happiest years of his life (1784-1787; this was the longest he ever resided at one apartment).
Sigmund Freud Museum
Opened in 1971 on the initiative of Freud’s daughter, Anna, the museum is located in the apartment where Sigmund lived and worked from 1898 to 1938, when he was forced into exile by the Nazis.
Danube River Cruise
Vienna is known around the world as the city on the Danube. Boat cruises go around the 21km-long Danube Island, which was originally created as a flood defence passing the modern skyline of the city as well as “green Vienna”. Hop on hop off tickets are available.
State Opera House
After its near-total destruction at the end of World War II in 1945, the state opera was rebuilt according to original plans and re-opened in 1955. The Vienna State Opera, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit, is ranked as one of the leading houses of the world.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum), built between 1872 – 1891, ranks among the richest and most important art collections in the world. At the core of the museum’s unique Picture Gallery are paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Raphael, Titian and Velazquez, as well as the most comprehensive collection of Bruegel’s paintings in the world.
Ca' Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art
The core of the collection is made up of award-winning works exhibited or purchased at the Venice Biennale in the early decades of 20th century. Along the itinerary are displayed important 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures, including masterpieces by Klimt, Chagall, Kandinsky, as well as a rich selection of works by Italian artists and an important section of graphic art.
Even though space is very much at a premium in the Secession, today it is used for exhibitions and installations. It is the permanent home of Klimt’s controversial Beethoven Frieze, conceived as a homage to the composer as part of the Secession’s fourteenth exhibition, visualising the choral movement to his Ninth Symphony.
Sightseeing Tour of Vienna
A great introduction to the city this tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant sights of Vienna including the MAK, State Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall and the Burgtheater.
Because the Hundertwasser House Vienna was the very first architectural project that Friedensreich Hundertwasser was ever able to build, it has naturally attracted considerable interest worldwide since it's opening in 1986.
Like the Rathaus, the neoclassical Danish architect Theophil Hansen’s Parliament stares across the Ring at the Imperial Palace to the east. It is worth a walk up the ramp to take a closer look at the recently restored frontal frieze of Franz Josef I granting the first, highly limited democratic constitution.
Museum of Military History
The Museum of Military History, designed by Theophil Hansen and Ludwig Förster, lies in the center of the Arsenal (Armory, built from 1849 to 1856). Its collections give a thorough and detailed overview of the development of Austrian military life since the beginning of the 17th century.
Vienna Town Hall (Rathaus)
Forming the centrepiece of Rathausplatz and its gardens, the town hall is undoubtedly the most imposing edifice on the Ringstrasse, flanked by the University to the north, the Parliament to the south and the Theatre opposite.
The Naturhistorisches Museum
The Evolution of Man
Visitors to the Museum have the opportunity not only to see the evolution of man as a historical, biological process, but also to perceive cultural development as a significant component of humanisation. A modular approach to the knowledge content was chosen for the exhibition, enabling both a playful, interactive access and the option of an in-depth look at more complex issues.
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