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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Some Great Museums to Explore in Vienna
As one of the most celebrated cities in Europe for its
cultural and historical significance, the Austrian capital of Vienna is,
unsurprisingly, a popular tourist destination. There is a wide variety of
museums in the city, and it is not possible to visit all unless you’re in the
city for a long while. I’ve made a list of some must-see museums that will
your experience of Vienna in a way that it did mine.
Kunsthistorisches Museum or the Vienna Museum of Fine Arts is housed in an awe-inspiring
palatial building in the heart of the inner district of the city. The museum
has an interesting collection of fine art, as well as a substantial antiquities
collection from the Egyptian and Greek Empires. This museum is ideal if you
want to get a sense of European cultural grandeur, of which Vienna was an
The Museum of Fine Arts was built
around the same time as The Museum of Natural History or Naturhistorisches
Museum Wien. Both were commissioned by Austrian-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph
the first in the late 1800’s. The Naturhistorisches Museum Wien is one of the
oldest and most significant natural history museums in the world, and, like the
Kunsthistorisches Museum, is contained in a breathtakingly
inside Kunsthistorisches Museum
Vienna is home to Europe’s second
largest cemetery, and the sheer enormity of this fact compels you to visit it.
The Central Cemetery or Zentralfriedhof is the final resting place of many important people such as
famous Austrian musicians - including Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven. If you are
into history and get inspired by stories of famous people, you may enjoy a
visit to the Zentralfriedhof.
If you are interested in European architecture, some
places in Vienna should most definitely be on your ‘to-see’ list. These include
The Imperial Palace or Hofberg, the Church of St. Leopold or Kirsch am Steinhof,
The Belvedere Palace and The Museum of Military History, which also has a very
interesting collection, sure to intrigue anyone interested in the military
legacy of Austria.