A circular trip on one of the most significant and fascinating structures in the world, and the unique view of the city of Vienna, make the Giant Ferris Wheel an absolute cultural and architectural must see for every visitor to Austria's capital. 

The Giant Ferris Wheel - Riesenrad- was built to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. in 1897.

The Riesenrad is nearest the Hockeystadium, about ten minutes to go.

 

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria.

St. Stephen's Cathedral is 107.2 meters long and 34.2 meters wide. It has four towers. The tallest of these is the south tower at 136.44 meters. The tower room, from which there is a gigantic view across Vienna, is reached via 343 steps. A total of 13 bells hang here. However, the best-known bell of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Pummerin, is located in the 68.3 meter-tall north tower. It is the second-biggest free-swinging chimed church bell in Europe. The interior of St. Stephen's Cathedral was changed again and again over the centuries, right through to the Baroque period.

 

Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, is one of Europe's most impressive Baroque palace complexes. The land had been in the possession of the Habsburgs since 1569, when the wife of Emperor Ferdinand II. had a summer residence built there in 1642, which she called "Schönbrunn". The palace and garden complex built here from 1696, after the Turkish occupation, was redesigned from the ground up by Maria Theresia after 1743.

Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married the enchanting Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born here in 1830.

 

The Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna is a building designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and located in the 3rd Viennese district. The extraordinary building was constructed between 1983 and 1985.

 

 

 

Explore Vienna's ceremonial boulevard, its wonderful sights such as the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall and many more besides. The Vienna Ring Tram departs on a lap of the Ring every 30 minutes from Schwedenplatz.

 

 

 

 

80 wax figures can be seen at Madame Tussauds on Riesenradplatz in Vienna's Prater. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sisi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Falco, Maria Theresia and Gustav Klimt. Albert Einstein, Johann Strauß, Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Hans Krankl, David Alaba, Arnold Schwarzenegger,......and more.

 

 

826 feet (252 meters) high, with two express elevators taking you to the rotating restaurant for a splendid view (at 564 feet) within 35 seconds: this is the Danube Tower, one of the landmarks of Vienna.

From the top, enjoy an excellent view of Vienna's old city and the Vienna Woods, as well as the environs of the city, weather permitting. The Danube Tower was built in 1964 on the occasion of the Vienna International Garden Show

 

 

Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna is the world’s oldest zoo, founded in 1752 by Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen, husband of Maria Theresia, and is part of the  Schönbrunn UNESCO world heritage site.

Today the Zoo at Schönbrunn is considered one of the best and most modern zoos in the world. More than 700 kinds of animal live here - from the Siberian tiger to koalas and rhinoceros. Highlights are the giant rainforest house, the large South American enclosure and the ORANG.erie, home to Vienna's orangutans. The Great Panda twins Fu Feng and Fu Ban were  born in 2016.