If there is one word to describe Vienna’s Innere Stadt, it’s ‘grand’. This is a city whose buildings are designed to impress, to flaunt the power and pomp of empire. One family, the Hapsburgs, ruled that empire, the Austro-Hungarian, for over seven centuries until 1918 and it was their wealth that created much of the baroque architecture. Elegant facades line each street, sculptures of muscular men strain to hold up the mighty, serious buildings, and sleek German cars are parked in front of expensive shops.
From the top of the south tower of Stephansdom, the cathedral, you can look in all directions onto the streets and rooftops below. Westwards is the Hofburg Palace, home to th...Read More