In the 1st District all the most important attractions are within walking distance to one another- you almost don’t even need a city map as by simply walking around you will come across new and impressive sites. Not too far from Stephan’s Cathedral you can see the noble white Lippizaner horses prancing around in the Spanish Riding School, but be careful, tickets can only be ordered in writing and are very difficult to get a hold of. Next to the Riding School you will find the Viennese Hofburg”, the old residence of the Habsburger and today is the headquarters of the government of Austria. Situated on their own around this building are many impressive buildings and museums to discover- you will definitely need a good couple of days to get round them all. Luckily there are plenty of opportunities to have a breather due to the increase in coffee houses in the area or you can just simply have a rest in a “Hofgarten” and sit on the green spaces. Sometimes it is really breath-taking: The “Hofburg” represents 16th century European culture. Those of you that are fans of Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1989), better know as “Sissi” will immediately recognise the building from the film of the same name. Those of you that would like to find out more about the life of this unlucky empress can visit the newly opened Sissi-Museum. Even more splendid is the treasure chamber located in the House of the Habsburg, the biggest in Europe where emperors have piled together their treasures for centuries.
For those of you that have had your interests stoked after a visit to the Hofburg should go straight to Castle Schönbrunn, Austria’s “Versailles” was built by Emperor Leopold (1640-1705) to celebrate the victory over the Turks. There are over 1400 rooms in the gigantic castle where Baroque and Rococo styles have been perfectly weaved together.
When travelling to Vienna, you should definitely book a cheap car hire in Vienna as a Habsburg tour is definitely recommendable. Then in the evening you can sit back and relax in one of the many old villages or maybe have a walk through the Viennese woods. After a short time driving you can expect to find vintage wines as well as hearty meals and fine cuisine- all served in a friendly and inviting environment. A little further outside of town in your car hire, you will find the cemetery of Vienna and can be easily reached in your car. The cemetery is ideal for those of you that enjoy interesting even if a little spooky trips. Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart as well as many other famous people are buried here and you can wander through the many old, richly decorated graves and ponder over the meaning of life. Vienna, with its long history and its great number of inhabitants will definitely be able to contribute to such topics.