Vienna Journals

Travels in Austria - Vienna

A September 2004 trip to Vienna by roza4

Quote: Vienna is one of the European capitals that is full of culture and entertainment, with music and churches on every corner welcoming you to the city.

Travels in Austria - Vienna

Overview

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You can skip overcrowded and overhyped Schonbrunn. However, Hofburg and Kunsthistorisches museums are very nice. Skip the Leopold museum, but visit Secession and Belvedere for the view of Klimt’s masterpieces. Of course, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral with tiled roof and walk into every church you see on your way, especially Karlskirche. Also check out Schatzkammer (crown jewels are there). Quick Tips: Since everything has a website nowadays, you can make reservations even before you are traveling. If you want to go to the opera, make your reservations well ahead to make sure the tickets are available. The best thing is that you can get very cheap standing seats, which even stu...Read More

Staatsoper

Attraction | "Wiener Staatsoper"

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A very large neo-Renaissance building of Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), with several levels of columns and arches, seems to dominate Opernring. On both sides of the building are fountains, one of which has a statue of Lorelei. Its beautiful arched entrance and an impressive lobby, with a grand staircase surrounded by statues of muses along the rail and frescoes above it on the ceiling, make you feel truly royal. On the first floor on the right is a hall with modern tapestries of Magic Flute. The large hall in front is lavishly decorated with ceiling and wall frescoes of angels and flowers. In the niches, you can see busts of composers, including the bust of Mahler by Rodin, rather...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Staatsoper
Opernring 2
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 1 514 44 2969

Volksoper

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Cheapest seat on the floor – 6 euros, standing seats – 3 euros. A modern building of Volksoper that has no remarkable features is located in the 9th quarter away from all the major sightseeing. You can get here by metro (line U6) or tram (40, 41 or 42). The metro station is across the street. Inside the opera house looks very nice with a large stage curtain that shows various mythological scenes and looks like a tapestry. There are several large modern chandeliers, purple velvet seats and purple Damascus walls on the floor and 4 levels of loggias on the left and right, as well as two balconies. Some seats on the floor are behind a column, but the columns are very narrow so you can see every...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Volksoper
Währinger Straße 78
Vienna, Austria A-1090
+43 1 315 1933

Gemaldegalerie Akademie der Bindenden Kunste

Attraction | "Gemaldegalerie Akademie der Blindenden Kunste"

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Open 10 am – 6 pm, phototicket costs 5 euros Admission: 5 euros – adults, 3 euros – students, extra 2 euros for audioguide The clay ochre color façade of this building can be very well seen from the Opernring with the statue of Schiller in front. The gallery is on the second floor. This is a small gallery that has a nice collection of old masters. The most important works are concentrated in the first hall you see – here are paintings by Cranach, van Cleve and the jewel of the collection – Bosch’s "Triptych of the last judgment". This triptych was painted in 1504-1508 and is both imaginative and ahead of its time and very much in the best traditions of Dutch school of the tim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Gemaldegalerie Akademie der Bindenden Kunste
3 Schillerplatz
Vienna, Austria

Capuchin Church and Imperial Crypt-Kapuzinergruft (Kapuzinerkirche and Kaisergruft)

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Attraction | "Kapuzinerkirche and Kaisergruft"

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The crypt is open from 9:30am to 4 pm daily. Admission to the crypt: €4 - adults, €3 - students A rather simple dark orange facade with a large fresco at the top of the church is what you see when you’ve finally found the Kapuzinerkirche on a large square surrounded with hotels and restaurants. The inside of the church is baroque, with a large wooden altar with painting of Christ; on the left there is a large chapel with St Mary’s altar. Next door, in a new modern building, there is the Kaisergruft – royal crypt. As you are descending into the crypt along the long staircase, you are also introduced to a collection of imperial treasures – monstrances and crosses made of gold and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2005

Capuchin Church and Imperial Crypt-Kapuzinergruft (Kapuzinerkirche and Kaisergruft)
1 Neuer Markt
Vienna, Austria

Maria am Gestade

Attraction

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We were walking through the streets of Vienna when we stumbled upon this wonderful church. Maria am Gestade is a 14th-century flamboyant Gothic church with a very tall bell tower ending with lots of Gothic lace. The church is located between the buildings on the corner of a narrow street, and you just don’t expect this beauty behind the corner. The tall, white, lacy, and recently restored Gothic towers outside and Gothic naives with statues of saints along the columns with Gothic canopies above them is something you can stare at for a while trying to take it all in. Standing in the street, you wish there was more space around it so that you could get a better shot at fitting it all in one frame. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2005

Maria am Gestade
1 Passauer Platz
Vienna, Austria