PLACE #26 – Vienna, Austria

Vienna is very beautiful. For me it was a larger version of Prague and a more ‘soviet’ version or Paris . It’s located in the center of Europe and it shows. Vienna embodies variety of European cultures, languages and architecture.

One of many things that stood out for me in Vienna was how grandiose and lavish all buildings in the center of the city were. Vienna was at it’s prime in 18-19th century which is reflected in architecture quite well. Many buildings feature details in Art Nouveau style or large scale sculptures (picture below).

One of the main attractions is the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (pictured above) located at the main square at the center of the old city. It’s quite spectacular! (inside and out) it was built in the 12th century and for several centuries after it’s completion remained to be the tallest structure in the world.

Another major tourist attraction is the Hofburg residence palace as well as their another palace that served as their summer residence – Belevedere Palace. Both are very beautiful. But my favorite would have to be the summer residence, primarily to the fact that Gustav Klimt exhibit is held there. He lived in worked in Vienna his whole life and even designed many architectural details that decorate Vienna buildings. Being a huge fan of his work I absolutely enjoyed my trip to the Belvedere Palace.

Vienna is also a city of music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in worked in Vienna during his most productive years, which also turned out to be his last. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of Mozart’s death.

Mozarthaus is a museum dedicated to life and death of Mozart in Vienna. It’s located in the apartment where he resided. This is a very cool and interactive place.

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay in Vienna and I will definitely be back.

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