Just next to the university of Vienna is this beautiful jewel, a church often mistaken for the famous St.Stephens Cathedral due to it's similar structure. Yet smaller and more fragile, it is a must visit. Both inside and outside are spectacular sights. Highly recommended!
Construction on the Votiv Church, designed in the neo-gothic style by Heinrich Ferstel, began in 1856. It was inaugurated in 1879 to commemorate the silver anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Sisi. At 99 meters, it is Vienna´s second tallest church after St. Stephen´s. - (U2 Schottentor)
“breathe the air of alma mater rudolphina vindobonensis. Founded in 1365 it is one of the oldest universities and while walking through the building you can discover quite a lot. absolutely worth a visit!”
“Whether or not the State Hall of the Austrian National Library is an off the beaten path attraction is debatable, seeing as it is probably the most famous library hall in the whole world. The previous court library of the Habsburgs, decorated in a lavishing baroque style, is 20 metres high and 80 metres long, and houses over 200,000 volumes. To make it even more majestic are the central 30 metres high oval dome, allegorical frescoes, and four Venetian globes each more than one meter in diameter. It does not matter if you are a book and art lover or not, a visit to this landmark should be on your list of things to do in Vienna during your next visit.”
“The famous Burgtheater ensemble is the most important constant element of the theatre and represents the soul of the institution. The Vienna audience loves its theatre stars and shows its appreciation by regular attendance. The Burgtheater today has a more modern program and contemporary structures. Keep your eyes open for something special: You will see four Klimt paintings in the Burgtheater on the two magnificent staircases.”
“For more than seven centuries, the Habsburg empire was ruled from the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Today, the Gothic Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs during High Mass on Sunday, is a remnant of the Imperial Palace during the Middle Ages. In the middle of the city center, you can marvel at the splendor and magnificence that made up the everyday life of the former imperial family on a visit of the private chambers and staterooms. Numerous museums and collections represent the imperial family’s passion for art. The Imperial Palace, which until 1918 was inhabited by the imperial family, was originally a castle built in the thirteenth century, which was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm. Today, the Imperial Palace houses the office of the Federal President as well as an important congress center and numerous art collections.”
“The rooms of the Naturhistorisches, or Natural History Museum, in Vienna, Austria are astonishingly beautiful, with carved ceilings and creaking wood floors. Each room, painted a different color, is lined with dark wood cases filled with row after row of taxidermy. In some rooms, the walls are covered with the delicate, twisting vertebrae of snakes, others feature the sturdy bone shells of turtles. The display cabinets seem to come straight from an 18th century naturalist’s study, with lines of mice carefully tagged and cataloged. The museum is undeniably from another time.”