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Located in the heart of the Alps and surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Innsbruck is the Tyrolean capital and features historical buildings and architectural gems from the gothic, renaissance, baroque, and neo-classical periods. Its most famous site is the Golden Roof, constructed for Emperor Maximilian I in 1500 and decorated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. Other attractions include the Court Church, which houses the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I and 28 larger-than-life bronze statues; Ambras Castle, built in the 16th century; and Stadtturm, a 15th-century medieval tower in Innsbruck's Old Town.
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The 16th-century Ambras Castle boats regal rooms and a phenomenal portrait gallery featuring the works of Titian and Velázquez among others. Its large collection of armor and "Chamber of Art & Curiosities," contains a fascinating assortment of bizarre objects like paintings on cobwebs, giant playing cards, stuffed sharks, deer horns mysteriously embedded in a tree trunk and more…and all from the 1500s.
Visit the impressive Swarovski boutique located in one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Innsbruck’s old town, or take a short journey to Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, where it all began in 1895. Swarovski is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision-cut crystal. And today, more than 110 years on, Swarovski remains a family-run enterprise under the management of Daniel Swarovski’s 4th and 5th -generation descendants. See the underground Chambers of Wonder dedicated to the versatile artistic interpretation of the material crystal - the result is a universe of discoveries and a simply unique experience.
The tolling bells and multiple clocks of the Cathedral of St. James have kept the town on time for almost three centuries. But it's more than just an oversized clock; this church is also a fine example of Baroque architecture and an exhibition of the excessive wealth of the Hapsburg Empire. Constructed in the early 17th century, St. James is easily recognized by its oxidized bronze domes -- two small ones in front and one above the transept crossing.
While the Alpenzoo's claim to fame is "the highest zoo in Europe," visitors are more impressed with the animals than the elevation. The park specializes in caring for creatures native to the Alps -- wolves and bears are the scary highlights. Still, the high altitude has its perks with amazing views from the top of the mountain where the zoo is located.
Golden Roof shingles, golden tiles, Tiroler Edle bars, high-quality chocolate products, Tyrolean honey, and Sachertorte are just some of Innsbruck’s sweetest temptations. Maybe a Tyrolean single malt (a full, smooth whisky); schnapps from red Williams pears, distilled in the Eastern part of the Tyrol; or one of the region’s wines like crisp grüner veltliners, fruity gelber muskatellers and steely Rieslings will make a perfect souvenir to take home.
Breathtaking views of Innsbruck as well as the fascination of a ski jumping venue with an Olympic past and modern architecture typify the Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium. Top architect Zaha Hadid designed this landmark of Innsbruck in 2001.
The birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a charming town showcasing a variety of architectural styles with buildings from the Middle Ages, Romanesque, baroque, and renaissance periods. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city is crowned by Hohensalzburg Fortress, built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard and today central Europe's largest fully preserved fortress. Salzburg's famous pedestrian shopping zone features wrought-iron guild signs advertising the shops and restaurants. A must-see sight is Mirabell Gardens, remodeled in 1690 and today popular with tourists and photographers.
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Hellbrun Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size, built in 1613-19 by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. Interestingly, Hellbrunn was only meant for use as a day residence in summer, so there is no bedroom in the palace! The schloss is also famous for its jeux d'eau (water games) on the grounds; designed as a series of practical jokes to be played on guests – of course, there is always a spot which is never wet: the place where the Archbishop stood or sat!
Originally built in 1606, the Palace was redesigned in 1721-1727 by the famous baroque architect, Lukas von Hildebrandt, integrating the individual buildings into a self-contained complex. The masterly staircase is one of the palace’s most precious works of art - charming cherubs decorate the marble balustrade; the sculptures in the niches are the work of the famous Georg Raphael Donner. Today the palace houses the offices of Salzburg’s mayor and municipal council. Concerts are often held in the beautiful baroque Marble Hall. (During special occasions, the Marble Hall and the Staircase cannot be visited.)
The castle in Salzburg is an unmistakable landmark providing the city’s world famous silhouette. Up close the history contained in these powerful walls is almost tangible. Fortress Hohensalzburg is over 900 years old, and is one of the largest existing 11th-century fortresses in Europe.
Franziskanerkirche is one of the oldest churches in Salzburg, described as a slender, Gothic church for the middle class - a place of silent communion. Two of its special features are the magnificent hall choir which reflects the fusion of light and darkness, and the statue of the Madonna with Child, one of Michael Pacher's masterpieces integrated into the high altar. The tower holds one of the oldest preserved bells made by the master bell-founder, Jörg Gloppischer, in 1468.
Mozartkugeln made of pistachio, nougat, and dark chocolate are still handmade to Paul Fürst’s original 1890 recipe. Other Fürst specialties include cube-shaped Bach Würfel – coffee, nut and marzipan truffles dedicated to yet another great composer; and the Doppler Konfekt, named after the Salzburgian physicist’s Christian Dopplers “Doppler effect.”
The building, largely destroyed during World War II, was faithfully reconstructed and opened to the public as a second Mozart museum in 1996. With its eight rooms, the house provided the family with larger living quarters from 1773 onwards. Wolfgang Amadeus lived here until early 1781, when he left the city for good to live in Vienna.
Shop along the Getreidegasse, with a wide range of stores located behind elaborately decorated façades, in traditional passageways and inside landmarked buildings, for Mozart souvenirs like CDs, books, paintings, or facsimiles of famous compositions such as Silent Night. Other traditional souvenirs are lederhosen and Loden coats, jewelry, glassware, handicrafts, dolls in native costume, Christmas decorations, and gewürzsträussl (fragrant nosegays decorated with spices).
Enjoy a dinner concert with musicians in period costumes and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Vienna, Austria's capital and the cultural capital of Europe, is a city of incomparable flair and a dream for romantics and history enthusiasts alike. Music lovers can attend Vienna State Opera concerts and visit the homes of Mozart and Haydn. At Hofburg Palace-the official seat of the President of Austria and home to museums, the Vienna Boys Choir, and the Spanish Riding School-see the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallions. Also take the time to wander along Vienna's narrow medieval alleys, explore Schönbrunn Palace, and marvel at the gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral and grand architecture along the Ringstrasse. Finally, be sure to take the time to relax at one of Vienna's famous coffee houses for a sumptuous slice of Apfelstrudel!
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Vienna, Austria and learn about fun, insider things to see and do while in Vienna. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Vienna and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Vienna insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Hello, my name is Eric. I was born in Vienna in 1966. After history studies, I passed my exams to become an Austrian guide. I then traveled extensively and for many years lived in Spain, where I worked as tour guide and excursion manager. A few year's ago I returned to work in Vienna with my wife and two almost grown-up children. As a 'true Viennese' I am very proud of my city, and really enjoy showing and explaining it to people from all over the world.
Visit one of the traditional Viennese “Heurigen” (wine taverns) located in the north of the city, right where the slopes of the Vienna Woods end and the vineyards begin. Enjoy top Viennese wines and delicious food. Ask your Local Host for the most typical taverns - - one is still housed inside a former residence of Beethoven.
Ask your Local Host about a walking route to discover the fascinating older parts of Vienna´s historic city center with its legends and paths; or the Imperial Route to see classic architecture, elegant boulevards, the Hofburg Palace and other memorable sites.
Walk up to the Belvedere for splendid views over Vienna and visit its museum with the beautiful painting “the Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. A must if you are in Vienna!!!
Make your own analysis of the famed psychological pioneer in the place where he lived and worked for nearly 50 years. See Freud's personal possessions as well as the largest psycho-analysis library in Europe.
Thanks to the acquisitions by and the patronage of the House of Hapsburg, the Museum of Fine Arts has an unrivaled collection of old masters, including a vast selection of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Visit the Imperial Crypt for a fascinating glimpse into the past. It is located beneath the Capuchin Church and members of Austria’s former Habsburg dynasty have been entombed there since 1633.
Enjoy a carriage ride “fiaker” from St. Stephens Cathedral or at other starting points in the city center. Ask your Local Host for information.
Equestrian buffs will find this Viennese institution irresistible. Founded in 1572, it's the oldest and last riding school in the world where classic dressage is still practiced in its purest form. See world-famous Lipizzaner stallions go through their steps.
An amusement park for many, place of nostalgic dreams for some, oasis of green for almost everyone – and the location of the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of Vienna’s most famous landmarks. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the park and to ride the Giant Ferris Wheel for a view of the city from almost 200 feet up. A fascinating world awaits you with entertainment for the young and young at heart.
What better place than Vienna to walk the halls of music and peek into its future. Listen to what an unborn child hears in the womb, paint a picture with a palette of tones, or steer a note through a musical landscape.
A Viennese institution in the city center, this colorful market dates back to the 16th century. There are small restaurants and cafés nearby for lunch as well as the “Secession,” the Art Nouveau building famous for the Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt.
Sample the classic Wiener schnitzel or Tafelspitz, and try apricot Schnapps. Treat yourself to Apfelstrudel, coffee and chocolate cake, or other sweet delicacies in the traditional Viennese coffee houses.
Walk along the Kärntnerstrasse and/or Mariahilferstrasse … shop for concert music DVDs, crystal glass, enamel jewelry or ornaments, wool lodenware, Viennese wafer biscuits, and Mozart chocolate.
Emperor Franz Joseph officially opened Vienna's Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865. Vienna is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2015 with numerous events and exhibitions. These include “Ring – the Jewish Story of a Boulevard” at the Jewish Museum. The National Library’s special exhibition focuses on the transformation if the city into a cosmopolitan center. Summer in the Lower Belvedere (Orangery) is all about “Klimt and the Ringstrasse.” Special tours will be offered in the Museum Quarter at the former royal stables. Exciting roof tours are available at the Museum of Natural History with a grand view of the Ringstrasse. Your Local Host will have all this information and more.
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