The capital and largest city in Austria is Vienna as well as being the cultural, economic, and political hub of the country. Surprisingly, Vienna still displays the trappings of when it was the imperial capital. Additionally, the historical city center is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The cultural diversity combined with the architecture and history makes Vienna one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. Needless to say, you will never be bored when you explore the city.
If you are looking for some of the less common tourist attractions aside from the obvious ones, you might be interested in seeing these little known delights in Vienna:
Vienna Furniture Museum – home to the Imperial Furniture Collection, this museum is sure to please as you view the world’s largest collection of furniture. You will find furniture displays from all of the Austrian Emperors dating back to Charles VI, Maria Theresa’s father. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there are usually 2 or 3 temporary exhibits on display during the year.
Technical Museum – newly remodeled, this museum features a variety of exhibits of electronic equipment, machines, and other transportation venues in their original form up to and including their current forms. This is a huge museum and you should allow at least 2 hours to see everything.
The Wotruba Church – sitting atop a hill overlooking the woodlands is this beautiful Cubist church. You can also enjoy the open air planetarium, which many people do not realize is right next door to the church.
Haus des Meeres Aquarium Zoo – if you are visiting Vienna with your children, this is a must-see attraction for your itinerary. What makes this venue so interesting and worth visiting is that it is located in what used to be a World War II air raid shelter. However, it features a number of exhibits that include aquariums with sharks, a marvelous zoo, a glasshouse rain forest, terrariums with venomous reptiles and snakes, and tiny apes.
Prater Park – This is another favorite of families who are vacationing with their children. As so many other parks in Europe began, Prater Park was originally a place where the nobility enjoyed riding in their carriages. It is still a great place for families to spend an afternoon during the weekends.
Ball Season – a favorite of the Viennese locals, this is an event that you don’t want to miss if you are in the city while it is going on. These glamorous balls take place during the carnival season and some of them are held in very elegant locations. You can find out more information regarding the different balls at the Vienna City Council’s website.
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