Vienna (Wien) - the former imperial capital, but all its former splendor is now concentrated in the park ensembles. That's where really feels the spirit of the Empire .
View of Vienna from the bell tower of St. Stefan
And the city itself is quite ordinary, and this applies even to the center - there are also a lot of modern buildings. The old city, as such, does not exist in Vienna.
The center of Vienna is the Stephansplatz with a cathedral.
Cathedral of St. Stephan (Stephansdom) XIII—XV centuries.
The cathedral is built up around so that even a whole picture can not be photographed. But, really, beautiful, big, in the best traditions of Gothic, and even with its zest - a mosaic roof.
Inside the cathedral looks no less interesting. When the sun is outside, the whole room is brightened through the stained glass. The full feeling is that the walls with the columns are painted in different colors.
In the cathedral you can climb any of the bell towers to look at the neighborhood from above.
We still descended into the dungeon, where, in addition to the graves of the highest dignitaries of the Austrian church, there are the remains of the royal family (in the form of boxes with insides) and a huge number of stacked bones from the former cemetery and common graves (you can admire them through windows in the wall). Also, in general, nothing interesting.
Cathedral of St. Stephan
Nearby is Ruprechtskirche - the oldest church in Vienna.
Church of St. Rupert (Ruprechtskirche) VIII—IX century
Immediately after the construction, it did not look exactly like that. :( Like most old buildings, the church has been repaired and rebuilt many times, but even so, the difference between the 9th century (Ruprechtskirche) and the 13th century (St. Stephen's Cathedral) is visible to the unaided eye.
Monument to Maria Theresa
In the center of the city there is another unlike other buildings - the baroque church of St. Peter.
Church of St. Peter (Peterskirche) (XVIII century)
The Imperial Palace Hofburg, or rather the palaces, as it is a whole complex that occupies the entire block - just large buildings.
Most of all I liked the treasure house, located in the oldest part of the palace.
Gold, diamonds ...
I do not care about jewelry, but it's not about them, but about what's made of them. Really very beautiful.
The Imperial Crown of the 9th c.
In fact, in the treasury not only jewelry, but also clothing, furniture, paintings, everything that was once used in the use of the palace.
The Town Hall is a relatively new construction. Beautiful building.
Town Hall XIX century
In winter, a skating rink is poured into the square in front of the town hall. When I was there at the end of February, this ice-skating rink mercilessly melted and literally streams streamed down the street. They have spring in February : (
Nearby is the gothic Votivkirche (also XIX century), but it was all in the woods, on the occasion of the restoration.
Now let's move on to what, in my opinion, determines the face of Vienna - the palace and garden ensembles.
Belvedere is the former residence of Eugene of Savoy.
It consists of two palaces and a large garden with lawns and fountains.
Very beautiful, especially neatly trimmed trees and curly lawns.
The Imperial Residence Schönbrunn. In style, everything is the same, only much more.
Here we went into the palace itself. It was interesting to look at the life of the imperial family. Most impressed with the beds - huge and very high. It is even difficult to imagine how to get there at all, especially considering that not all monarchs were young. At the same time, the bed of servant is quite normal and not very large. :)
Next to the palace is the garden of Prince Rudolph, which is a gallery and a garden with citrus trees. Trees in tubs, for the winter they are naturally carried away in heat. In addition to banal lemon and oranges, there are absolutely unprecedented fruits ...
Prince Rudolph's garden
Rising from the palace up to the arch of Glorietta, you can go into the labyrinth of a hedge. It's small, it's difficult to get lost there, but it's interesting to walk. And next to a great children's playground where there are even crooked mirrors.
From Schönbrunn we go to the zoo, especially since he is in the same place - you can go straight from the park (but there is a separate entrance, on the other hand).
The Vienna Zoo is famous for pandas, which are leave only here (well, in China, of course).
I liked a large pool with penguins. There are many different kinds of them and watch them wander around and do their own things very interesting.
You can also note koalas, which are not found in every zoo.
Another place where you can not pass with children is the Prater amusement park. Very large, there are a lot of attractions, and there were some that I never saw. Children liked multi-storey walkers, where you need to overcome various obstacles along the way, like in a computer arcade. Prices are very democratic - more than 5 euros did not see anything, mostly 2-3 euros.
Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches Museum). All such museums are more or less similar, Vienna is no worse. Just as interesting. Yes, there is exhibited one of the famous Venus of the Stone Age - Venus Willendorf.
Museum of Natural History
Technical Museum. Here is a history of the development of technology. Old household appliances, bicycles, cars, wagons, stages of development of different industries, cybernetics, radio and much more.
Children, of course, liked most of all, that many things can be twisted, pressed, etc. For example, there is a television studio where you can sit in front of the camera to record a news release with you in the role of presenter, and then see what happened.
In general, the museum is very large, you can walk all day.
I must say that everything I described is more or less near (except, perhaps, Schoenbrunn), so if you want, you can go anywhere on foot. You can and ride, of course - transport is convenient, but not cheap (one trip is 2 euros). By the way, about transport - it's very easy to get from the airport by train, the station is located directly under the terminals. And it is absolutely not necessary to go to a special City Airport Train. The same trip on an ordinary S-Bahn train costs 4 times less and takes only 5 minutes. more time.