Renowned for its magnificent Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence, Baroque streetscapes and other architectural masterpieces, the Austrian capital exudes an artistic and intellectual legacy that has been shaped by famous residents such as Mozart, Beethoven, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, and Egon Schiele. Culture and history buffs will delight in the plethora of excellent museums, art galleries, theaters, and opera halls that call the city home, along with the vibrant epicurean and design scenes and cosmopolitan coffee-house culture.
Head to the innovative MuseumsQuartier, a district packed with a diverse ensemble of institutions, ranging from the traditional Leopold Museum, which showcases 19th- and 20th-century Austrian art to the contemporary MUMOK. Don’t miss the Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the Habsburgs' most dazzling Ringstrasse palaces and which houses the imperial art collection, including the world's richest coin collections and priceless Old Masters. Explore fossils, meteorites, and prehistoric finds at the Naturhistorisches Museum and exquisite furnishings at the applied arts Museum für Angewandte Kunst.
Notable Imperial architectural gems include the Hofburg Palace complex, home to the mighty Habsburg monarchy for more than six centuries, the Burgkapelle (Imperial Chapel and home of the Vienna Boys' Choir), and the world-renowned Spanish Riding School where magnificent Lipizzaner stallions perform classic equine ballet. Other stunning buildings not to be missed include baroque Schloss Belvedere, the neo-Gothic Rathaus (City Hall), the gold-and-crystal opera house, the Staatsoper, and the Habsburgs' 1441-room summer residence, Schloss Schönbrunn.
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