The gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral forms the center of the city. The southern tower ("Steffl") reaches 137 m in height and is visible from afar. Being the national Church of Austria, it holds inside great art treasures and is amongst other things the burial place Rudolf IV., Friedrich III. and Prince Eugene. It was also the site of many important Habsburg family celebrations.
Museum of Fine Arts (Ring)
Vienna is a former seat of the emperors and kings of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Because of that, it is still in possession of the original imperial insignia. Other showpieces of the Secular Treasury are the imperial crown of Austria, the two inalienable heirlooms of the Habsburgs (agate bowl and unicorn), the ceremonial cradle of Napoleon Bonaparte's son and the valuable equipment of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Habsburg relics and other religious showpieces can be seen in the neighboring spiritual treasury.
The art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts is world-famous. Above all, the picture gallery and the Art Chamber are places of outstanding artwork of priceless (insurance) value. Brueghel, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Rubens, Titian, Velasquez and Dürer are major works. Cellini's golden salt box "Saliera" is just one of the showpieces exhibited in the Art Chamber.
With Gustav Klimt's "Kiss" a crowd-puller of the first order is exhibited in the Austrian Gallery. Worth seeing are the remaining works of Klimt too, aswell as those of Schiele and other the artists of the Vienna Secession. The paintings by Waldmüller, Amerling and Fendi take us back to the time of the Biedermeier era, while the "character heads" of Messerschmidt are unique in baroque plastic depictions.
Schönbrunn is the visitor magnet of Vienna, a must-attend event for all new visitors to the city. Zita and Charles I, Sisi and Franz Josef I, Maria Theresa and Francis I Lorraine, Napoleon Bonaparte and Joseph I lived in the Schönbrunn Palace. Observe the splendor of 22 state rooms in one of the most beautiful baroque summer castles!
The Hofburg was the winter palace of the Habsburgs, the seat of government of the monarchy over many centuries. We will visit the imperial apartments of Emperor Franz Josef I, the neighboring Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection. A large court took care of the smooth functioning of the imperial court in the Hofburg until 1918. You will get an insight into a world only privileged people could access back then.
With Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni", the Vienna State Opera was opened as a court opera 150 years ago. We will look behind the scenes of the world's largest repertoire and give a vivid account of the annual change to the Vienna Opera Ball.