Every tourist destination has it’s attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary’s gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Once the focal point of the Hapsburg Dynasty and capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its classic architecture and plethora of attractions thrill travelers each and every year. Include Vienna in any central European vacation for at least the following reasons:
1. The Hofburg was the Hapsburg palace complex. It occupies a prominent section of the center of the City of Vienna.
2. The Hapsburg’s also maintained a summer palace on the outskirts of Vienna. The gloriette and gardens of Schonbrunn are spectacular.
3. The Stephansdom is Vienna’s Cathedral. Its striking tiled roof and steeple are visible throughout the city center.
4. Johann Strauss is the “Waltz King” and is celebrated throughout Vienna.