Imperial Palace - Hofburg

For more than seven centuries, the great empire of the Habsburgs was ruled from the Imperial Palace. Today, the Gothic Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs during High Mass on Sunday, is a remnant of the Imperial Palace during the Middle Ages.

In the center of the old city, you can admire the splendor and magnificence of the daily life of the noblest family of the Habsburg monarchy when you visit the private apartments and state rooms. Numerous museums and collections represent the imperial family’s passion for art.

The Imperial Palace, which until 1918 was inhabited by the imperial family, was originally a castle built in the thirteenth century, which was extended to a splendid residence in accordance with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm.

Today, the Imperial Palace houses the office of the President of Austria as well as an important congress center and numerous art collections.

Imperial Palace - Hofburg
U1, U3: Stephansplatz, U3: Herrengasse, U2, U3: Volkstheater,
Bus 48A: Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring,
Tram D, 1, 2, Bus 57A: Burgring

Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world where the classic equestrian skill (haute école) has been preserved and is still practiced in its original form. Many years of training fuse horse and rider into an inseparable unit. The audience is treated to an unforgettable experience by the precision of movement of the Lipizzan horses in perfect harmony with the music.
In the course of gala performances, visitors experience unique presentations of the Lipizzans in the most beautiful riding hall in the world, which was impressively outfitted by baroque architect Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach between 1729 and 1735. It was originally built to provide aristocratic youths with the opportunity to take riding instruction.

Morning training with music gives a good impression into the training program of the White Stallions; the guided tours include visits to the stables.

Dates for performances and morning training as well as information on how to obtain tickets at

Spanish Riding School
1., Michaelerplatz 1

The Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is one of the top opera addresses in the world – where you can enjoy the very best in first-class productions. This famous stage offers a different program every day, with over 50 operas and ballet works on around 300 days per season.

Vienna State Opera
Opernring 2
1010 Vienna

Castle Hartheim

From 1940 - 1944 Hartheim Castle in Alkoven (Upper Austria) was in use as a Nazi euthanasia site. During this time, around 30,000 physically and mentally handicapped people, some residents of care homes, others imprisoned in Mauthausen, Gusen, Ravensbrück and Dachau concentration camps and deemed unfit to work and forced labourers were brought here and murdered. In 1995 the Hartheim Castle Society was founded. Its aim is to create a suitable place of remembrance and provide a social discussion platform. In 1997 the Upper Austrian regional Government made the decision to renovate the castle. After renovation, a memorial to the victims of the Nazi euthanasia programme was erected in 2003 and the "Value of Life" exhibition created. This was to become the "Education and Memorial Site Hartheim Castle".
Steeped in a sinister history, the castle is a place for reflection on the consequences and impact of the National Socialist euthanasia and eugenics programmes. The aim is firstly to present the documentation of the events themselves and secondly to portray the concepts and thinking behind the programmes as such ideas that are all to ready to resurface in whatever form.
Central to this theme is the idea that social problems can be eased through the manipulation of natural science, that is to say, "biological intervention". Biological solutions promise straightforwardness instead of the often incredible complexities of social debate and so regularly gain popular interest. During a guided tour you will see the memorial site and the exhibition „Value of Life“. The purpose of the exhibition and memorial site is to encourage the discussion of historic and current issues.

Museum Gugging

Conceived of as an exhibition site for the art form Art Brut, museum gugging displays the works of the Gugging artists at their place of origin and at the same time functions as a forum for international Art Brut as well as contemporary art in general. French painter Jean Dubuffet, who coined the term Art Brut, meant by it “sopisticated, raw, original art“ of a highly personal and unadapted form of expression. Uninhibited by trends in established art, Art Brut is created by artists without any background in academics or art theory.

The Museum‘s standing exhibition displays masterpieces from the Private Foundation - Gugging Arists on an area of 840 sq yd. The exhibitions about the art from Gugging, from 1960 to the present, include important works and offer a comprehensive overview of the history and presence or artistic activity in Gugging. The second half of the Museum is a venue for changing exhibitions. Works by international Art Brut artists are prevalent here next to art from Gugging. Furthermore, other artistic positions enter into dialogue with Art Brut.