Austria, Vienna historic center

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

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Near the cathedral

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Vienna - The cathedral

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Vienna - City Hall

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Vienna - Hofburg castle

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Vienna - Hofburg castle

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Vienna - 1897 model

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Vienna - 1897 model

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Vienna - Opera

The opera house was the first major building on the Vienna Ringstraße commissioned by the Viennese "city expansion fund". Work commenced on the house in 1861 and was completed in 1869, following plans drawn up by architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style by the renowned Czech architect and contractor Josef Hlavka.

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Vienna - Opera interior entrance hall

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Vienna - Danube statue

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Vienna - Architecture

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Vienna - Historic Center