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Along the most beautiful boulevard in the world there are many of the most famous buildings, museums and café concerto in Vienna. The perfect itinerary on foot, or by tram.
Emperor Franz Joseph I ordered the construction of the Ringstraße in 1857 to connect the ancient suburbs of the city with the centre of the capital. It took half a century to complete the work, but the result marked a massive change in the life of Vienna. A 5.3 km long grand boulevard ring road along which, throughout history, imperial buildings were erected, like the Neue Burg, the Natural History Museum, the State Opera and the Burgtheater. But the ring road is also the long avenue that best represents the democratic spirit and which houses the Parliament, City Hall and the University — and upper-class residences. Noble families and nouveaux riches built their palaces here and even created a new architectural style, the Ringstraßenstil, expression of a historic eclecticism that revived and combined styles of previous eras, such as the Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic. The history of Vienna can be read along the Ringstraße, from the 19th century to the contemporary era: today it is still one of the arteries of the city life with its café concerto, shops and hotels, bicycles whizzing by and thousands of people who gather here to celebrate major events such as the Rainbow Parade and the Vienna City Marathon.
IN THE EVENING: OPERA LIVE
During the evening in April, May, June, September and December approximately 80 opera and ballet performances are livestreamed on a 50 m² screen in the Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz, in front of the Opera House, giving everybody the opportunity to listen to classical music for free.
One of the richest collections of modern art history in the world and the largest of Flemish painter Brueghel. Not to be missed, the Kunstkammer, filled with memorabilia and exotic curiosities, reopened to the public in 2013.
The present building was completed in 1913 and is home to some sections of the National Library and the Weltmuseum Wien, Museum of Ethnology. Opposite the palace lies the Heldenplatz.
The head office of Vienna’s municipal administration was designed by Friedrich Schmidt and erected between 1872 and 1883 in a neo-Gothic style. In the square outside City Hall, events, including the Christmas markets, are held all year around with thousands of visitors. www.wien.gv.at
The palace is one of the most beautiful and important along the Ringstraße, designed by Theophil von Hansen and built between 1874 and 1883. Guided tours are available for the halls and the famous, Neoclassical Pallas Athene statue, right outside Parliament Building.