I’ve been to a lot of places so far on my travels, but I have always felt as though Europe has a lot more to offer. One place in particular that always catches my eye when I’m researching new destinations is Vienna. It isn’t the kind of place that would usually jump out at you, and as it’s Austria, you instantly get this idea of picturesque mountainous backdrops, quaint houses and snow, but that’s not at all what you’ll find here. Although pretty, it is packed with museums, palaces and even has its own amusement park, so if you’re trying to figure out your next travelling destination, here are just a few reasons why I can’t wait to visit Vienna.
- It’s great for culture
I love learning about new cultures, and Vienna is the ideal place to get a taste of Austrian tradition. There are so many museums and galleries that you’ll find it difficult to stay away from them, and they all have something different to offer. If you’re an art lover for example, you’ll definitely want to check out the fine arts museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum.
This beautiful building is the largest art museum in the country, and was opened around 1891 as a place to house the Habsburgs’ formidable art collection. Since then it has grown hugely, but the interior itself is something to marvel at, being lavishly decorated with marble, gold leaf and intricate baroque carvings.
- It has the world’s oldest zoo
You’ll probably be visiting the famous former Imperial residence of Schönbrunn Palace whilst you’re in Vienna, but make sure you take a stroll through its vast grounds after you’re taken a look inside the main building. Tucked away, there’s a real treat in store for nature lovers, as the world’s oldest zoo is built in the gardens here.
Although Tiergarten Schönbrunn was originally founded as an imperial menagerie in 1752, today it is of great significance to the zoological community, acting as a specialist establishment for species conservation and general nature conservation, as well as a place of learning for the public. With an aquarium, its own rainforest and one of the few zoos worldwide to have a giant panda family living here, visiting here would be a truly memorable experience.
- It’s the birthplace of opera
Well, in fact, opera sprang up from many places across Europe, but Vienna is certainly one of the first to take it seriously. The city has been responsible for some of the greatest musical minds that the world has ever known, including Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Vienna is incredibly proud of its musical heritage, so why not walk in their footsteps, see the places that inspired them, and indulge in some opera, a classical concert or a ballet at the Vienna State Opera House? You can pick up tickets easily from www.viennaoperatickets.com, so don’t miss out!
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