I try to seek out the very best of what cities around the world have to offer, and in Vienna, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s home to some of the most extravagant and lavish buildings you’ll find anywhere in Europe, and in today’s post, I’m covering my top five for anyone that wants to indulge in the luxury side of culture during their stay…
1. Schönbrunn Palace
This palace is one of the most iconic in the city, and was the former summer residence of the Imperial elites. Not only is it a thrill to walk around this magnificent palace, built using materials such as marble and gold-leaf, but each of the 1,441 rooms have been renovated to reflect those decadent pastimes that the previous owners would have had. If you’re travelling with children, they’ll even be able to dress up in the lace clothes from the era, and experience what life would have been like for these privileged children.
2. Hofburg Palace
Another former Imperial Palace built in the 13th century, only this time the winter residence, Hofburg Palace oozes the Baroque character that the era was known for. It’s a hugely impressive building, and is currently the home and workplace of the Austrian President. Aside from being a glorious example of architecture, you’ll also find other cultural wonders here, such as the esteemed Spanish Riding School, the Imperial Library and a beautifully crafted chapel.
3. The Imperial Treasury
One other place of significance to luxury-lovers that’s based in the grounds of Hofburg Palace is the Imperial Treasury. Housing some of the most closely-guarded treasures that have been gathered across the ages, the history within the walls of the Treasury spans thousands of years. Make sure you see the Imperial Crown, Orb and Sceptre; crafted in 1602, they’re encrusted in huge diamonds, perfect pearls and other precious jewels.
4. The Vienna State Opera
Formerly a pastime appreciated only by the elite groups of Viennese society, opera is now one of the most-loved parts of the city’s culture, and you’ll find the locals to be fiercely proud of their musical roots. A trip to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the famed opera house in the heart of the city, and indulging in a spot of Vienna opera yourself. There are dozens of showings as well as ballets and classical concerts for you to enjoy, all utterly plush surroundings.
Finally, to complete your luxury palace tour, you must stop by the stunning Belvedere complex. There’s a lot to explore, as the area houses two Baroque palaces, the Orangery as well as the Palace Stables, but I promise you that the view of the main palace stretching out across the lake is a sight you can’t afford to miss out on. Aside from the rolling grounds with intricately carved fountains and sculptures, it even houses its own museum.
Do you know of any other luxury attractions in Vienna? Make sure you leave them in a comment below…