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Tour of Vienna, Austria

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Vienna is the capital of Austria, situated on the banks of the River Danube. The City grew from settlements during the Celtic and Roman era into a Medieval and Baroque city. Vienna was also the capital of the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 until they were defeated in WW1 in 1918.

WW1 began after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassination in Sarajevo on the 28th June 1914. The Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna contains the car he was riding in when shot, uniform he was wearing, and the pistol used by the Serbian Gavrilo Princip to shoot him.

The currency in Austria is the Euro. Beer prices . Currency Converter.

Flights take about 2 hours between UK Airports and Vienna Airport.

British Airways . EasyJet and Jet2 provide flights to Vienna International Airport. For information on what UK Airports they fly from, or other airlines, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_International_Airport.

Vienna International Airport is situated about 13 miles southeast of Vienna. Regular Buses travel to Vienna centre, 25 - 35 minutes travel time cost about 8 Euro. Non Stop Trains take only 16 minutes, running every half-hour, book online or pay slightly more by buying a ticket on the train itself, cost about 10 Euro. Taxis cost about 32 Euro between the Airport and hotels in the centre of Vienna. Google Map.

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Hofburg Imperial Palace is situated in the centre of Vienna. The palace has been home to some of the most powerful people in Austrian history. These include the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

The Hofburg Imperial Palace now serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. The Habsburg's normally used the Hofburg in winter and Schonbrunn Palace in summer. The Hofburg was the birthplace of Marie Antoinette in 1755, Archduchess of Austria and later Queen of France.

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The Austrian Parliament Building, is where Austria's two Houses of Parliament run the country from.

The Parliament building was designed by the architect Baron Theophil von Hansen. Work began in 1874 and the building was completed in 1883 in the Greek revival style.

The buildings main attraction for tourists is the statue of Athena and the fountain in front of the main entrance.

Situated 0.3 miles northwest of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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The Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Natural History of Vienna) is a large museum situated in the cente of Vienna, opened to the public in 1889.

This museum is said to be one of the most important museums of the world, holding one of the earliest collections of artifacts, a collection that began over 250 years ago.

Situated 0.3 miles southwest of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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The Burgtheater is one of the most important German language theatres in the world. It was created on the 14th March 1741 by the Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, in a building close to her palace.

The theatre was moved to this site at the Ringstrabe on the 14th October 1888. This Building was designed by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.

Situated 0.4 miles northwest of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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The Schmetterlinghaus is a tropical butterfly house situated in the centre of Vienna. The house contains hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies in a recreation of their natural rain forest environment.

The Schmetterlinghaus is situated just 200 meters from the opera building. The butterfly house is inside one of the worlds most magnificent greenhouses, part of the royal palace (Hofburg) that used to be the residence of Kaiser Franz Josef and Sissi.

Situated 0.5 miles southeast of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna, the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna.

Although the first structure was completed in 1160, reconstruction and expansion continued until 1511.

Website: www.stephansdom.at.

Situated 0.5 miles east of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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The Rathaus (City Hall) serves as the seats of the mayor and of the city council of Vienna.

This building was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in Gothic style. Building began in 1872 and the Rathaus was completed in 1883. On the top of the main tower is the Rathausmann, a statue of a medieval knight that was modelled on the armour of Emperor Maximilian I. In front of the Rathaus is a large park named the Rathauspark.

Situated 0.7 miles northwest of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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The Karlskirche is a church situated on the south side of Vienna centre. Completed in 1737. This is said to be one of the most outstanding baroque church structures north of the Alps.

Website: www.karlskirche.at.

Situated 1 mile south of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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Belvedere Palace is a baroque palace complex built by Prince Eugene of Savoy in the 3rd district of Vienna, south-east of the city centre.

The complex was sold in 1752 to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria by the prince's heiress. Maria Theresa first renamed the building Belvedere. The Habsburgs extended the building to what can be seen today.

Belvedere Palace houses the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere museum.

Situated 1.6 miles southeast of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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Wiener Riesenrad is a Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater Amusement Park in Vienna. This is now one of Vienna's top tourist attractions.

The Riesenrad was one of the earliest Ferris wheels, erected in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef I's golden Jubilee. It is 212.4 ft high.

Situated 2 miles northeast of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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Heeresgeschichtliches Museum is a military history museum claimed to be the oldest and largest purpose built military history museum in the world.

It holds one of the world's largest collections of bronze cannons and covers Austrian military history from the 16th century to 1945.

The most visited part of the Museum is the World War One hall where on display are the automobile in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in, the uniform he was wearing at the time, and the pistol the Serbian Gavrilo Princip shot them with. This event started World War One.

Situated about 2 miles south of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, is said to be the most interesting building in Austria, being the summer residence and main home of the Habsburg monarchs.

The Palace is now one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna with the palace and gardens showing the tastes and interests of the many Habsburg monarchs.

Website: www.schoenbrunn.at.

Situated 3 miles southwest of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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For more information on Vienna, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna.

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