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Vienna: Hofburg Imperial Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral

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Eastern Europe Day 5: Known as the City of Music due to its musical legacy, Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Lying in the east of Austria and close to the borders of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, Euros are honored in Vienna so you do not have to worry about changing into another different currency here.

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One of the interesting ways to explore Vienna’s attractions is via a ride in the two-horse carriage, one of Vienna's highlights. It is hard to imagine the cityscape without the Viennese Fiakers. The term " fiaker " originates from the French and refers to the hackney carriage stand in the Parisian Rue de Saint Fiacre.

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You can find these carriage stands in different areas of the city: Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz, Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater. The 20-minute tour through the centre of the Old City costs €55, and the 40-minute tour through the Ringstrasse and the Old City costs €80.

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One popular tourist attraction in Vienna is the Mozart's birthplace. No. 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg was the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who's family resided on the third floor from 1747 to 1773.

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The Pestsaule or Plague column, is the most notable and prominent sculpture in the famous shopping street of Vienna's first district, Graben. The photo was taken together with our young and handsome EU Holiday tour guide, my travel buddy in pink, and a Malaysian tour member in our group of 14.

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Inaugurated in 1693, the Holy Trinity column is in fact a memorial to the worst plague in Viennese history. The Great Plague of Vienna, with death toll estimating from 12,000 to a catastrophic number of 75,000 people! Are you aware of this disaster?

vienna hofburg imperial palace sightseeing tour
Next stop brought us to the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the power-house of the Austrian empire where the imperial family once lived. Home base to the Habsburgs from 1273 to 1918, the enormous complex is now home to Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek ( National Library ), Schatzkammer ( Imperial Treasury ), and houses a collection of musical instruments and weapons, a Museum of Ethnography and famous Spanische Hofreitschule ( Spanish Riding School ). Today, the Hofburg in Vienna is the official seat of the Austrian President.

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Gaze into one of Europe’s great Gothic structures; the splendor of St. Stephen's Cathedral is its opulently patterned, richly coloured roof covered by 230,000 glazed tiles.

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A world famous cultural heritage site and monument, St. Stephen's Cathedral or known in German as Stephansdom, is one of Vienna’s most prominent sights in the city with its multi-coloured tile roof.

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Built of limestone, the cathedral has got two very impressive features: the gigantic roof and the lean tower measuring 136 metres ( 446 ft ) tall at its highest point!

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The first focal point of any visitor in Stephansdom is the distant High Altar, built over seven years as part of the first refurbishment of the cathedral in the baroque style.

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The historic centre of Vienna is loaded with majestic Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with princely buildings, monuments and parks. Next up, I will be taking you to the stately Schonbrunn Palace and to busk in the beauty of their lovely garden, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site; plus, a shopping trip to the Designer Outlet Parndorf!

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Have you been to the City of Music in Austria? Did you miss our 1st Chapter of the tour? Read on at Budapest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Scenic Eastern Europe!


  1. I love the palace and the cathedral structures. So beautiful. And the garden was so beautiful with golden leaves. So unreal.

  2. This place is beautiful the architecture is outstanding.

  3. AMAZING!!!! I would like to visit Vienna asap!!!
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  4. I love old European churches! What a beautiful city!

  5. Europe is always classy and these places are amazing.

  6. Vienna is a beautiful city. Loved seeing the pictures. I actually visited Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg in 1991, which was the 200th anniversary of his death.

  7. nice post. Amazing clicks <3
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  8. Beautiful photos and you look great in the trench coat Shirley!

  9. My best friend did her PhD studies in Vienna, I really regret not visting her while she was a student there. Vienna is such an amazing city. I do wish that I will be able to visit it some day:)

    You always look charming. Wonderful photos. Thank you for taking us on this virtual tour. I really like your trench.

    Yes, I did know about the plague in Vienna...similar tradegies happened in other European cities. Dubrovnik suffered two great earthquakes in the 17 th century that killed half of its residants...Zadar (also a city in Croatia) had a terrible plague outbreak in the middle ages and it killed half of its residents

    1. Oh yes Ivana, you should've done that before & you'll love Vienna! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts as always! I'm so sorry to hear of the plague in your country as well. Take care, babe! xoxo

  10. what a beautiful place to visit.

  11. What a beautiful city, the architecture is amazing. Thx for sharing with us your beautiful photos, Shirley.

  12. A must visit for me. This is in my bucket list now. Thanks for sharing :-)

  13. Looks like you had a wonderful time there visiting lovely vienna.

  14. A lovely place for a tour, Shirley, your photos are amazing, and you look so pretty!

  15. Nice photos :)
    Maria V.

  16. Vienna is such old fashioned, romantic city!
    beautiful pics!

  17. Oh! Vienna is such a beautiful place. its my wish to visit there one day. Shirley sure have fund with family there.

  18. Such a magical place to visit, Shirley! The architecture is simply breathtaking.

    And I love the clothes you wore to keep warm. Nice! ^.^

  19. Vienna is beautiful! What do you think?

    1. Without doubt, Karo! Love to revisit the charming city! xoxo

  20. What a brilliant experience Shirley, you're surrounded by such beautiful architecture! This post genuinely makes me want to revisit this city :)

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  21. Amazing adventure!

  22. My cousin lives in Vienna, so I would really love to visit him and see the beautiful architecture. It's such a romantic looking place! But man, the plague numbers are astounding! How tragic.
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  23. Hermoso lugar, bella arquitectura.
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  24. Lovely photos. Vienna is a lovely city

  25. What a beautiful place to visit.

  26. Your photos are all very beautiful like postcards. You know the good angles to shoot.
    My late mum voted Vienna as the best city besides Switzerland for visits in entire Europe. I am waiting for my trip!!

  27. Beautiful place and you look stunning.

  28. Lovely photos of Vienna! It looks beautiful, I've always liked scenes like these, which is why I love Germany so much. Lots of old cathedrals too, especially in places like Dresden and smaller towns since Protestants basically started there with Martin Luther.

  29. You look beautiful Shirley! Vienna is just so perfect, I love it. A must see someday!

  30. Happy for you that the weather was beautiful with blue skies...mine was very cloudy at that time... haha..gonna post this up soon!


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