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Vienna, Austria

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, August 31, 2008 at 16:32:02

Funky architecture in ViennaVienna (German: Wien) is the capital of Austria, and also one of Austria's nine federal states (Bundesland Wien). With a population of about 1.7 million, Vienna is the largest city and the cultural and political centre of Austria. Situated on both sides of the river Danube, Vienna is 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Austrian border. In 2001, the city centre of Vienna was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna lies in the very east of Austria and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Vienna is composed in 23 districts which all have their own names: 1st Innere Stadt (city centre), 2nd Leopoldstadt, 3rd Landstraße, 4th Wieden, 5th Margareten, 6th Mariahilf, 7th Neubau, 8th Josefstadt, 9th Alsergrund, 10th Favoriten, 11th Simmering, 12th Meidling, 13th Hietzing, 14th Penzing, 15th Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, 16th Ottakring, 17th Hernals, 18th Währing, 19th Döbling, 20th Brigittenau, 21th Floridsdorf, 22th Donaustadt and 23th Liesing.

Schloss Schonbrunn facade, Vienna, AustriaThings to do in Vienna:

Imperial Palace (Hofburg) or Hofburg Imperial Palace, once served as the residence of the powerful Hapsburg emperors and today is home to several museums.

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) - The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), situated at the heart of Vienna, in the Stephansplatz, seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn.

St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche), situated on the south side of Karlsplatz, near Ringstraße (or Ringstrasse).

Naschmarkt, permanent market for fruit, vegetables, spices, fish, meat, etc. from around the world.

Roman towers of the main front of the St. Stephen's Cathedral in ViennaMuseum Quarter (MuseumsQuartier Wien), contains Baroque buildings as well as Modern architecture by the architects Laurids and Manfred Ortner (Ortner & Ortner).

State Opera House (Staatsoper - Vienna State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper).

Secession Building (Secessionsgebaude), Vienna Secession built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich for exhibitions of the secession group.

And many other places such as the Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer), St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), the Museum of Fine Arts - Kunsthistorisches Museum, the St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche), the St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche), the Clock Museum (Uhrenmuseum), the Stadtpark, the Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), the Church of St. Michael (Michaelerkirche), the Kapuziner Crypt (Kapuzinergruft), the Votivkirche and the Church of the Teutonic Order.

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Austria, Wachau Cultural Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 13, 2012 at 08:06:31

Location Towns of Krems and Melk, Lower Austria, Austria
Coordinates N48 21 52 E15 26 3
Property 18,387 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/970 )

The Wachau is a stretch of the Danube Valley between Melk and Krems, a landscape of high visual quality. It preserves in an intact and visible form many traces - in terms of architecture, (monasteries, castles, ruins), urban design, (towns and villages), and agricultural use, principally for the cultivation of vines - of its evolution since prehistoric times.

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Stift Melk, Melk Abbey Durnstein church, Wachau

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Austria, Semmering Railway

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 13, 2012 at 06:55:45

Location Between Gloggnitz, State of Lower Austria and Simmering, State of Styria, Austria
Coordinates N47 38 55.6 E15 49 40.7
Property 156 ha
Date of Inscription 1998

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/785 )

The Semmering Railway, built over 41 km of high mountains between 1848 and 1854, is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building. The high standard of the tunnels, viaducts and other works has ensured the continuous use of the line up to the present day. It runs through a spectacular mountain landscape and there are many fine buildings designed for leisure activities along the way, built when the area was opened up due to the advent of the railway.

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Semmering Railway

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Austria, Hungary, Ferto/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2012 at 11:00:39

Location State of Burgenland (AT) / County of Györ-Moson-Sopron (HU), Hungary, Austria
Coordinates N47 43 9.4 E16 43 21.8
Property 52 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/772 )

The Fertö/Neusiedler Lake area has been the meeting place of different cultures for eight millennia. This is graphically demonstrated by its varied landscape, the result of an evolutionary symbiosis between human activity and the physical environment. The remarkable rural architecture of the villages surrounding the lake and several 18th- and 19th-century palaces adds to the area’s considerable cultural interest.

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Lighthouse, Lake Neusiedl

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Austria, City of Graz - Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 18, 2011 at 05:47:46

Location City of Graz - Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg, Austria
Coordinates N47 4 27 E15 23 30
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/931 )

The City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg bear witness to an exemplary model of the living heritage of a central European urban complex influenced by the secular presence of the Habsburgs and the cultural and artistic role played by the main aristocratic families. They are a harmonious blend of the architectural styles and artistic movements that have succeeded each other from the Middle Ages until the 18th century, from the many neighbouring regions of Central and Mediterranean Europe. They embody a diversified and highly comprehensive ensemble of architectural, decorative and landscape examples of these interchanges of influence.

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Rathaus, Graz Historic Centre Eggenberg Castle

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Austria, Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 22, 2011 at 06:16:29

Location States of Upper Austria, Styria and Salzburg, Austria
Coordinates N47 33 34 E13 38 47
Property 28,446 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/806 )

Human activity in the magnificent natural landscape of the Salzkammergut began in prehistoric times, with the salt deposits being exploited as early as the 2nd millennium BC. This resource formed the basis of the area’s prosperity up to the middle of the 20th century, a prosperity that is reflected in the fine architecture of the town of Hallstatt.

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Hallstatter See Wolfgangsee, Salzkammergut

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Austria, Historic Centre of Vienna

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2009 at 18:04:21

Location Vienna, Austria
Coordinates N48 13 0 E16 23 0
Type Cultural
Property 371 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1033 )

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz St Stephen's Cathedral Opera House
Hofburg Palace Funky architecture, Vienna  

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Austria, Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2009 at 17:52:26

Location Vienna, Austria
Coordinates N48 11 12 E16 18 48
Type Cultural
Property 186 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/786 )

From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752, it is a remarkable Baroque ensemble and a perfect example of Gesamtkunstwerk.

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Schonbrunn Palace

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Austria, Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2009 at 14:57:01

Location Salzburg, Austria
Coordinates N47 48 2 E13 2 36
Type Cultural
Property 236 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/784 )

Salzburg has managed to preserve an extraordinarily rich urban fabric, developed over the period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century when it was a city-state ruled by a prince-archbishop. Its Flamboyant Gothic art attracted many craftsmen and artists before the city became even better known through the work of the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santini Solari, to whom the centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance. This meeting-point of northern and southern Europe perhaps sparked the genius of Salzburg’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose name has been associated with the city ever since.

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Mozarts Geburtshaus, Salzburg Historic Centre Salzburg

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