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From opulent palaces to sumptuous strudels: Visit Austria’s elegant capital and celebrate the finer things in life.

For centuries, Vienna was the seat of the Habsburg Monarchy, one of Europe’s greatest dynasties, and you’ll see the Habsburg influence on Viennese culture almost everywhere, from the city’s Baroque architectural masterpieces to its ornate coffeehouses, art, music and luscious desserts.

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Things to See in Vienna

Vienna is packed with spectacular sights and is easily explored on foot. One of the top things to see in Vienna is the Hofburg Palace, resplendent headquarters of the Habsburg clan for 700 years until the end of the First World War. Part of the appeal of the Hofburg Palace is its architectural diversity: striking Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic elements show how each generation sought to embellish its beauty.

Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ summer residence, is equally astounding, with 1,441 rooms. You can see up to 40 rooms on a tour, including the Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sisi’s private dwellings, more than enough to imagine the Habsburgs’ gilded life within the Schönbrunn Palace.

Among other unmissable things to see in Vienna: St Stephen’s Cathedral, an icon of the city and Austria’s most admired Gothic building. This soaring 750-year-old structure has survived fire, a Turkish siege and aerial bombardment to stand proud in the city’s historic centre. St Stephen’s Cathedral offers much to admire beneath its beautiful tiled roof, including spectacular views of the Old City from the south tower, and Austria’s largest bell, the “Pummerin”, in the north.

Read more about Vienna’s greatest attractions here.

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