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Historic Center of Vienna

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Address: Old Vienna, Vienna, Austria
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The historic centre of Vienna is rich in beautiful architecture...

The historic centre of Vienna is rich in beautiful architecture, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

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Vienna is an historic city with many large and ornate buildings. You can walk around or jump in a horse drawn carriage, which have quite a few places to hire one. You can plan a... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Vienna is an historic city with many large and ornate buildings. You can walk around or jump in a horse drawn carriage, which have quite a few places to hire one. You can plan a circular walk and use the cafes to stop off and reflex. Only word of caution would be that unlike the UK, some cafes do allow... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The center has some gorgeous architecture, and St. Stevens is absolutely not to be missed. There is good shopping and lots of restaurants. However, many of the sites are very far from one a another and you must walk quite far. We found it vert difficult to get around in Vienna, particular in the Old Town. The parking system is... More 

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As the title says there is absolutely loads to see in Vienna. Beautiful buildings, lovely parks, and excellent cams markets.

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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I highly recommend visiting the historic area which includes many gorgeous buildings including the Imperial Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Dominikanerkirche, and Palais Ferstel. Palais Ferstel, built in the 1850s is a Venetian designed grand mansion used for events and a landmark cafe, Cafe Central. The cafe which opened in 1876 was once a hangout of Sigmund Freud and Trotsky. Cafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really interesting city that is easy to walk around. Almost every building is of architectural merit. We were lucky that the Christmas markets were on and they were certainly the best we have seen anywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

so much historic grandiosity. you must keep going around corners, thru passages, a city map definitely helps. the history is all around you so be certain to not cut yourself short...at 1200 watch the Lipizzaner's return from practice to their stables; free!!!. Kartnerstrasse is more grand when the Christmas street lights come on at you walk from St Stephan's to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old historic charm. Horses walking the streets. Christmas markets selling food and souvenirs. Beautiful area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We certainly enjoyed 2 days walking round the city. We visited the Cathedral, and the Palace and went to some lovely and not too expensive restaurants. I would recommend the Horse & carriage rides or the bus/walking tour with the Big Bus Company.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spent a week in Vienna during a business meeting. City center is vibrant and easy to move around with the readily available and accurate city maps (once you orient yourself to the non-grid street pattern). Plenty to see around every corner and very easy to access the trolley or subway systems.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would place my wife and I as having "average" tastes, so if you are particularly keen on architecture, arts, music this review is not for you! This was my 3rd trip to Vienna; this time primarily for the Christmas markets of which there are many! We found the Rathaus, Schonbrunn, Marie Theresen Platz and Altes University to be the... More 

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.