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Attractions in Innere Stadt, Vienna

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Innere Stadt is the heart and soul of Vienna. You cannot claim to have truly explored Vienna without taking in the beauty of Innere Stadt. This collection features some attractions in Innere Stadt, Vienna that should not be missed.


Burgtheater

Built between 1874 and 1878 by Karl Hasenauer and Gottfried Semper, Burgtheater is one of the most famous theaters in the German-speaking world. "The Burg," as the Viennese have dubbed it, was never just a theater but also a sacred place where heated debates took place about the function of art and culture. Older people still remember the golden years of actors and actresses like Paula Wessely, Alexander Moissi and Helene Thimig, but modern times sees a diverse program of theater, concerts and special events, including the annual Vienna Literature Festival.

Universitätsring 2, Vienna, Austria, 1010
Hofburg

The huge Hofburg is the most important secular building in Vienna, once the center of the powerful Habsburg Empire. The old Hofburg, with its many different sections and courtyards, was built and renovated many times between the 13th and the early 19th Centuries. The Neue Burg (New Palace) was developed in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Today, the Hofburg is home to various museums such as Völkerkundemuseum, Schatzkammer, Nationalbibliothek, Albertina, Theatermuseum, Prunksaal, Spanische Hofreitschule and Kaiserappartements and the library, as well as the offices of the Austrian President. At the chapel, the choir of the Vienna State Opera performs mass. The Imperial Treasury houses the Emperor's Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Emperor's Crown. The furniture and the other collections spell class and luxury. In January, the glamorous Wiener Ärzteball takes place here.

Michaelerplatz, Vienna, Austria, 1010
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Designed and built at the end of the 19th Century by Gottfried Semper and Karl Hasenauer, the Kunsthistorisches Museum houses the Habsburg family's art collection, widely regarded to be one of the finest in Europe. The Picture Gallery is literally a Who's Who of the old masters, containing works by the likes of Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Dürer, Raphael, Titian and Velazquez, as well as a comprehensive collection of paintings by Breugel. One visit is hardly enough to take everything in - lots of people return for a second or third time. The Ephesus Museum - a collection of arms and armour - and the collection of ancient musical instruments in the Imperial Palace also belong to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and are worthy of a visit in their own right.

Maria Theresien-Platz, Vienna, Austria, 1010
Peterskirche

Peterskirche or St. Peter's Church in Innere Stadt is among the finest examples of Baroque churches in town. Built on a 4th-century church, it took three decades for its construction to complete and was designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. It began in 1701 and ended in 1733, and is also one of the oldest churches in the city. Inspired by The Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica, this magnificent structure is a wonderful sight to behold from the inside-out. Legend has it that Charlemagne established a church on this site in 792 BCE. There is a relief plague on the facade about Charlemagne and his works. Its beautiful interiors are displays of master handiwork in the form of frescoes, carved wood, golden stucco, ornate pulpit and altarpieces.

Petersplatz, Vienna, Austria, 1010
City Hall Vienna

The new town hall was built from 1872-1883 to replace the old town hall in Wipplingerstraße and is neo-Gothic in style. A huge central tower, topped by the three-meter-high statue of a knight in armor, dominates the front. Known affectionately as the Rathausmann, it was designed by Friedrich Schmidt. The facade's most attractive feature is its lofty gallery, with its curved balconies. The building has seven courtyards where concerts, markets and ice skating events are often held. At the top of the first of the two grand staircases is the Festsaal, a hall that stretches the length of the building.

Doktor Karl-Lueger-Ring, Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria, 1010
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