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Discovering Heldenplatz
Austria

Discovering Heldenplatz, Vienna

Where : Heldenplatz, Vienna Discovering Heldenplatz Heldenplatz is located at the very tip of the Old Historic town of Vienna.  It links the Old town to the MuseumsQuartier (or Museum Quarter). At some point you will pass in front of Heldenplatz or “Heroes Square” which is located in front of the Holfburg Palace. It’s impossible to pass buy and not notice the huge palace structure with imposing monuments.  During the spring, it's also nice to notice the beautiful gardens. History facts Also, according to Wikipedia, it was a place of many important actions and historical events.  As some of you may know, Adolf Hitler was Austrian.  And this is the very place for his ceremonial announcement of the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany on 15 March

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Discovering Hundertwasser
Austria

Discovering Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna

Where : Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna Discovering Hundertwasserhaus Eli from Discovering loves Mosaic.  Just imagine her reaction when she saw almost an entire building decorated with Mosaic pieces, plus a small village and a Shopping mall !! We heard about Hundertwasserhaus and instantaneously wanted to visit !  It's an apartment house that was built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Joseph Krawina was the architect and co-author. The artist focused on architecture, combined with a unique style mixing art with mosaic.   The colors are fun, giving harmony with nature.  Next to the Hundertwasserhaus is a cool village, also decorated, where you'll find a small shopping mall.  There are cafes, souvenir stores, a mosaic fountain.  There is also a

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Discovering Naschmarkt (Big street market), Vienna

Where : Naschmarkt, Vienna Discovering Naschmarkt (Big street market) During our FreeWalking tour, our guide told us to visit the Naschmarkt.  We had ample time to visit it, and it did not disappoint. Its basically a huge street market located in a cool neighbourhood.  We most appreciated the amazing architecture surrounding the market.  Each building looked as though they were hand painted with precision, details and personal art. How much time ? You can spend an entire morning here, getting to know this 18th century street market.  There are more than one hundred food stands, colourful local food and products.  Plus, you'll find lots of restaurants and souvenir stores with clothes, chocolates and more. It looks like they also have a

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Discovering Belvedere Palace,
Austria

Discovering Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Where : Belvedere Palace, Vienna Discovering Belvedere Palace First of all, We didn’t visit inside the Belvedere Palace.  One day we arrived really early, so early that apparently they weren't open yet.  There were many other places we would like to visit that day so we decided to explore the grounds and gardens only. The palace is located in a huge historic complex and the construction in Baroque style really gets our attention. The park surrounding the palace has beautiful fountains and cascades.  There are also many sculptures and information about the history of the park. It’s really a nice area to visit and you can spend an hour just in the gardens and visiting the Palace Stables. We would suggest

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Discovering Rathaus
Austria

Discovering Rathaus, Vienna

Where : Rathaus (City Hall), Vienna Discovering Rathaus (aka City Hall) The City Hall of Vienna is a construction from the 18th century.  This is a must see, especially if you like architecture and old building styles. The Rathaus has a beautiful façade with Gothic style which looks more like a Palace.  It's a little outside the historic centre, so you can walk or take the light rail station until... you guessed it, the Rathaus station ! It's a really beautiful area to explore, including a nice green area in Rathausplaz park and fountains.  We didn’t visit inside, so we recommend you check their website to check the open hours and entrance fees. Do we recommend ? Yes, the architecture is

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Discovering St Stephen's Cathedral
Austria

Discovering St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

Where : St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna Discovering St Stephen’s Cathedral Once we finished with the FreeWalking Tour, we started exploring on our own.  So, as we made our way back to the meeting point, we stumbled upon St Stephen's Cathedral ! St Stephen’s Cathedral is located in the heart of Vienna's Historical Old Town.  The Gothic construction will get your attention as soon as you get there.  Unless it's undergoing renovations, which was the case when we visited. More on the cathedral The Cathedral has a phenomenal outside structure.  According to Wikipedia the first structure was completed in 1160 but major reconstruction and expansion lasted until 1511.  Repairs and restoration projects still continue to this day.  We can see why, it’s

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Discovering FreeWalking Tour Vienna
Austria

Discovering FreeWalking Tour, Vienna

Where : Discovering FreeWalking Tour, Vienna Discovering FreeWalking Tour We had really good experience with Free walking tours in Chile and Brazil.  So, we decided to get a Free Walking tour for our first day in Vienna.  From our experience, Free walking tours help with city orientation and uncovers places to visit. Great guide ! Yet again, we didn’t regret joining the Vienna FreeWalking tour !  Also, we were really lucky to find a friendly and knowledgeable guide. He knew all about the history of Vienna and explained details about each attraction.  All questions were answered and he also gave us some great tips.  For example, how we could get cheap Opera tickets - more on that later. Stay close. We

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