One of the highlights of a trip to a city as old as Vienna is the experience of being able to see the buildings which have been standing in the area for hundreds of years.  Vienna is rich with quality architecture from several different periods in history.  Travellers should make a point to notice the different buildings located all throughout Vienna.  Some of the buildings which should not be missed include:

  • Belvedere Palace is known for its baroque architecture, its copper roofs and its collection of Klimt paintings.
  • Karlskirche is an example of a building which took the architecture of Italy and gave it a Viennese baroque twist.  
  • Liechtenstein Palace, which was built at the beginning of the eighteenth century, marks the period of time during which the architecture of Vienna was heavily influenced by the architects of Italy.  People seeking buildings which reflect the romance of a bygone era will enjoy this architecture.
  • Ringstrasse is the area of Vienna where visitors can see an eclectic mix of architectural styles, experience the so-called underground of Vienna and even do some shopping or nightclubbing.
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral is an excellent example of the Hallenkirche style which was popular in Vienna in the fourteenth century.  Its needle-shaped spire pierces the Vienna skyline and can’t be missed.
  • The Secession Building was built by the Viennese art community as a rejection of classical art and an embrace of the English Arts and Crafts movement. You can find the "Beethoven Frieze" by Gustav Klimt in the basement of the building.
  • The Hofburg was built over many centuries and the contrasts of its styles and attempts at "modernisation" down the years is fascinating.
  • The Hundertwasser House is about as modern and eccentric a building as you could wish to see.
  • Schoenbrunn Palace is a picture postcard baroque/rococo confection with a wonderfully architectural park.

More information about the Architecture of Vienna and specifically about Jugenstil (Art Nouveau) in Vienna.