We Found So Many So Many Great Vienna City Sights
We found so many great Vienna city sights as we wandered in Vienna for a few days. Every part of the Vienna (or “Wein”) had buildings to visit and to admire. Statues seemed to be scattered everywhere we looked. The churches were varied in design. And had amazingly beautiful when we looked inside.
We saw most of the sights from the outside on this visit. But that left much to see and do on a return trip to Vienna.
Sights Close To Our Hotel
The hotel for our stay in Vienna was centrally located. We found many of the key sites just a short walk away.
Most days we headed towards the Opera Building. This was a main square and the hub for tour buses. There was no end to the buildings and statues everywhere we looked.
In the other direction we found the Museum Quarter. The Maria Theresa Plaza was in the centre. In the gardens we found more statues. Around the square there were various museum buildings . All were intricate and decorative. On this visit we only enjoyed the outside. But we were sure there were treasures inside.
Across from the Museum Quarter was the Austrian National Library and the Burggarten. We found a quiet green oasis from the crowds. And there was even a cafe if we needed a snack!
One night we walked down to the Hochstrahlbrunnen fountain. Behind it was a giant memorial to the Red Army. The fountain celebrated the first direct water pipeline into Vienna from the Alps. As such, it was an expression of the power of water. At night the fountain lit up with various colours.
Buildings Were Works Of Art
We were amazed at how many buildings were decorated with statues and reliefs. Tops of buildings were favourite spots for intricate detail. Walls were often a source of amusement as we tried to figure out the story being told.
And then we found modern buildings in the newer part of the city that provided a different kind of architectural art.
We walked very slowly when we wandered. Every building was another opportunity for great Vienna city sights.
We Found Little Modern Street Art
When we travel, we often search out street art. We saw amazing pieces in cities around the world. In Vienna we found some murals on buildings. Many were colourful tile patterns. But we also found metal carvings as wall decorations.
But when we looked for more modern expressions of street art, we found mostly pieces that were closer to graffiti than street art.
We were sure there was great street art around Vienna. When we searched the internet for examples, there were some interesting pieces. But we missed them all on this trip. Just one more reason to return and search out the Vienna city sights.
Churches Inside And Out
We were intrigued by the variety in design of the churches in Vienna. Most of the churches we saw only from the outside and we learned a tidbit or two about their history. But we did peek into a few and were awed by the beauty.
Close to our hotel, we walked past St Charles Church. The large reflecting pond and sculpture in front of the church drew people at the end of the day.
St Stephan’s Cathedral was the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. It stood on the ruins of two other churches. Its multi-coloured roof and intricate bell tower drew us in. A quick look inside showed us an amazing interior space.
The Voltive Church was a classic Gothic style church with two towers and intricate detail on the outside. This church was built as a result of the failed attempt to assassinate Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853. Donations were gathered from around the Austrian-Hungarian empire to build the church as a votive offering for Franz Joseph. It was meant to act as “a monument of patriotism and of devotion of the people to the Imperial House”.
The St Francis of Assisi Church was also known as the Emperor’s Jubilee Church and the Mexico Church. It sat beside the Danube River and reminded us of a fairy tale castle more than a church.
We saw most of the churches only from the outside. But we were amazed at the beauty we found when we looked inside the St Michael’s and St Peter’s churches.
There were many churches to visit when we went out and saw the Vienna city sights.
Statues Old And New
Many of the statues we found were classical in style. They were beautiful and decorative.
Around the city we found statues to major famous people from Vienna. There were statues of musical composers, artists, great thinkers and leaders of the time – Mozart, Johann Strauss, Johann Sebastian Bach, Goethe, Maria Teresa, Emperor Francis Joseph and more.
While most of the statues were classical, we found some strikingly modern pieces too.
The Vienna city sights included a great variety of statue art.
Such Great Variety In Vienna City Sights
We found such great variety in the Vienna city sights on our visit to Vienna. Building, churches and statues were artistic displays that kept us looking at the details on every walk. The history of the city was on display.
We had a quick glimpse of many of the sights from the outside on this visit. But we knew we missed many of the key attractions. Vienna was definitely a city we needed to spend more time in.
Did you enjoy the Vienna city sights? Did we miss your favourite?
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