We drove from Hinterbruhl to the city centre about 20-30 minutes away and found parking at the Staatsoper (Vienna Opera House), which was built between 1861-1869. The Staatsoper has a world famous reputation for featuring first class operas Vienna Beautiful City.
The walking route we chose is a circuit of the main sights, so we set off from the Staatsoper down the famous Karntnerstrasse, a pedestrian only street full of cafes and shops. We find our way to the Stephans Platz a bustling square, which is the location of the Stephansdom Cathedral. The square was full of buskers: an accordian player, a Leierkasten mann (man playing historical music box), and a silver painted lady who stood on a pedestal attracting a crowd!
vienna attractions Moving on, the domes of St Peters Church peek through the buildings along the Graben before we turn towards the Hofburg Palace. The palace contains the imperial apartments, and is home to the Spanish Riding School and world famous Lipizzaner Horses.
Many famous and revered people such as Franz Josef I, Empress Maria Theresa, and of course Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are immortalized by way of statues and monuments situated in Squares, gardens, and buildings throughout the city.
Vienna beautiful city and most of the sights are within a close proximity to each other – perfect for walking tours!
We finish the day back in Hinterbruhl at the same Buschenschank as the night before.