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Expats in Vienna will find a spectacular and vibrant city with countless things to see and do on any day of the week. The city is a cultural and historical paradise, with many museums, architectural landmarks and entertainment possibilities on offer throughout the city.
Recommended attractions in Vienna
A visit to the stunning Hofburg Palace in Vienna provides guests with an authentic view of life in what was once the centre of the powerful Habsburg dynasty, the family that once ruled over Austria.
St Stephen’s Cathedral
This impressive Catholic Church is located in Stephansplatz, right in the heart of Vienna. It is the most important and recognisable church in the Austrian capital. Thanks to its distinctly colourful roof, it can easily be spotted from just about anywhere in Vienna.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna, Schönbrunn is a Rococo-style building which was once the summer palace of the Habsburg monarchy. The palace has more than 1,400 rooms and lovely gardens which can be enjoyed by visitors during the summer months.
This is one of Europe’s best examples of baroque architecture. It actually consists of two palaces – Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere – as well as a modern art museum known as Belvedere 21.
This sprawling park is a great place for a relaxing afternoon after a busy morning of sightseeing. The grounds of the park are leafy and tranquil, with the Wienfluss (Vienna River) running through it. Stadtpark is also known for its many sculptures of famous Austrians.
Das Schmetterlinghaus (The Butterfly House)
Formally part of Hofburg Palace, this special tropical butterfly house displays and breeds hundreds of live, free-flying butterflies from all over the world. Be aware that it is quite humid inside, as they have tried to replicate a natural rainforest environment for the butterflies.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Art History Vienna)
This is regarded as one of the best art museums in the world and the scope of the works found here come close to the collections of the Louvre or the Prado. The museum is housed in a magnificent building which is located close to Hofburg Palace and holds an impressive collection of Egyptian and Greek art as well as many European pieces.
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