Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Vienna, users recommend paying a visit to Schönbrunn Palace, in the Airport - Vie area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.



Wagner designed these two Jugendstil buildings at the end of the 19th century. They typify the style, which reacted against the centuries-long ornate traditions of the Hapsburg regime. The façades are decorated in colorful floral designs,...  Read More

Secession Building
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This pavilion was built to house the works of artists who turned away from conservative academic aesthetics and formed the Secession Movement during the late 19th century. The entrance is topped with an openwork dome comprised of 3000 gilt bay...  Read More

8th District


This interesting example of low-income housing uses a mixture of architectural elements and materials. Glass, brick, ceramic and color are used to both individualize and to unify the exterior of each of the 50 apartments and the building as a...  Read More

Schönbrunn Palace
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Schönbrunn Palace, elegant former summer residence of the Imperial Family, is one of Austria's premier tourist spots. The entire grounds can be seen from Gloriette, a hill overlooking the site. Tour the ornately decorated palace or visit the...  Read More



This Spanish Riding School is world-renowned for its famed Lipizzaner horses. Baroque music accompanies their demonstration of the equestrian art of "haute-ecole" dressage in a setting that is more ballroom than stable. Indeed, the riders are...  Read More



The Imperial Apartments are a long succession of rooms located on a first floor wing in the palace, and include those occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. The sacred and secular treasures collected over the centuries by the...  Read More

1st District
Loos Haus
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Architect Adolf Loos disliked excessive ornamentation and the exteriors of his buildings were designed quite simply. This early 20th-century building utilizes clean lines and offers a stylish interior. Although today the building's appearance...  Read More



Sigmund Freud lived and treated patients at this address from 1891 to 1938, when he left for London to flee from the Nazis. The museum occupies the apartment and includes many of the antiques the psychoanalyst collected during his lifetime,...  Read More

Belvedere Palace
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The palace and gardens were built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, the military commander who helped defeat the Turks in the 17th century. The complex consists of two palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, linked by a...  Read More

1st District
Wiener Staatsoper
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The Vienna State Opera House is central to Viennese life and was a symbol of resurgence following World War II. Its rich history includes the first performance of Mozart's "Don Giovanni." The post-war reconstruction features a neo-Renaissance...  Read More