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Vienna - Impressions


The center of Vienna is the Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral), the large polychrome-roofed church that is as much of a landmark for Vienna. From there, the Kärntnerstraße, Vienna's most elegant shopping and walking street, runs down to the Ring, the road that encircles the old inner city, and then follows the line of the old Roman walls that defended the city against the barbarians on the other side of the Danube.


Schönbrunn Palace was originally constructed in 1696 but extensively modified a century later. Designed by the masters of the Baroque, the von Erlachs, the 1,441-room palace was the summer residence of the Habsburgs. During the reign of Empress Maria Theresa, the buildings were finished, complete with rococo detailing. The site of lavish balls and huge banquets, the palace came to its greatest glory during the Congress of Vienna.


The Parliament Building was built 1873-83 by T. v. Hansen strictly adhering historical style ("Historismus") and resembles a structured palace, harmoniously decorated with statues and a mosaic. A lofty portico with a massive ramp in front of it, unites the two high chambers of the Austrian Parliament. In front of the ramp towers a monumental fountain with a marble statue of the goddess Pallas Athena.


The very words "Vienna Opera Ball" conjure up an image of one of the most glittering and romantic events on the international society calendar. Kings, statesmen, politicians, industrialists and countless famous artists have already fulfilled their dream of taking part in this unique event.

National Theater

The "Burgtheater" (National Theater ) is located on the Ring oposite of the Rathaus - One of the most attractive buildings around the Ringstraße and one of the world's most respected german-speaking theatres.


To get an insight into what life was like for the Imperial Family, a visit to the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) is recommended. This was the city residence of the Emperor and you will find it fascinating to go through the residential quarters to the Treasury of the Imperial Family. Alongside is the famous Spanish Riding School where you will find the Lippizaners, the famous Spanish horses so-beloved of Elizabeth, the last Empress of Austria.

Coffee Houses

The Viennese "Café" or "Coffee House" (or just "Kaffeehaus") evokes the glory of imperial Vienna. It is a place in which to exchange ideas and meet people. This is the perfect place to relax, chat, ponder, read newspapers (traditional Viennese cafes carry international newspapers) or to know the gentle Viennese way of life. Typically, guests are ushered formally to small round marble-top tables by servers who address their female patrons as "gnädige Frau" (gracious lady). Imagine you are a member of the emperor's court as you sip coffee and enjoy exquisite tea sandwiches or an artfully prepared "Torte" ...


In case you need a break - Vienna's parks and gardens are a delight. Stroll through the Stadtpark, and if you don't mind paying an exorbitant price, go to the Kursalon to drink coffee, listen to schmaltzy but satisfying waltzes and see demonstrations of the waltz as you have dreamed about dancing it. Visit the Tiergarten and the Prater, where a ride on the Riesenrad (Vienna's giant Ferris Wheel) will give you the sort of view of Vienna that you get in Paris from the Eiffel Tower.

Pervasive 2004      April 19-23      Linz / Vienna, Austria      Back to Top