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A magnificent baroque architectural building complex comprised of two distinct palaces, the palace-garden was the summer residence of Prince Eugène de Savoie in the 18th century. The Upper Belvedere houses one of the most important collections of Austrian art works, featuring the masters of the Viennese Secession Egon Schiele and Klimt, whose famous painting of The Kiss simply has to be seen. Visiting the Upper Belvedere, you can really appreciate the architecture of the buildings, their interiors decorated with marble, gildings and grotesques, as well as the gardens and the mirror pool in which the palace is reflected.
What would Vienna be without music? A real institution within the Ring, Staatsoper opera house gave the city the musical quality that has been its trademark since the 18th century. Since opening in 1869 with Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, the opera house has alternated between the likes of Gustav Mahler, Karl Böhm, and Herbert von Karajan. Every year, the traditional Opera Ball gathers prominent personalities together on the dance floor of the concert hall.
With architectural lines undulating on multicolored facades, and asymmetric windows with vegetation emerging from all sides, this is the original Hundertwasser House. Designed by the visionary artist Hundertwasser in collaboration with the architect Joseph Krawina, this collection of 52 apartments was built between 1983 and 1985. Located at Kegelgasse 34-38, taking the short detour to this building is sure to make an impression!
Visiting Stephansdom, a magnificent Gothic cathedral dating from the 12th century, is a must when staying in Vienna. Climb the 343 steps to the Tümerstube for its breathtaking views across the city. Another point of particular interest regarding the cathedral is the Pummerin, the largest bell to still be in use in Austria, which weighs some 20 tonnes. Lastly, the interior combines multiple styles to stylish effect. The high altar is a masterpiece not to be missed.