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Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

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Schonbrunn Palace

Kapil chowdhry
10th Jun 17

Schonbrunn Palace

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Schonbrunn Palace

Susparsha Kher
10th Jun 17

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Meehaf Euqooraf

Meehaf Euqooraf4.6/5

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Review of austria

Austria is a spectacularly beautiful country at the heart of Western Europe; its location along strategic trade routes of the River Danube accentuates its strategic importance throughout modern history Austria was once the center of power for the great Austro-Hungarian Empire, whose Hansberg dynasty dominated Europe for centuries. Austria became a small republic following its defeat in World War I. The country was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938 and then occupied by the victorious Allies in 1945. The actual status of Austria remained unclear for about a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the Allied occupation, recognized Austria's independence and sovereignty, but expressly prevented the country from being unified with Germany.

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Apoorva Bhardwaj

Apoorva Bhardwaj4.3/5

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Gorgeous Vienna!

Vienna at first glance is an incredibly beautiful city. Austria as a country is immensely scenic. For the purpose of recreation, imagine “the sound of music” shot across Salzberg, another city in Austria. Vienna looks like a city that is culturally rooted and yet competitively urban. The largest city in Austria, Vienna is buzzing with activity throughout the year. Picture well planned streets, colorful markets, eccentric jazz clubs, gorgeous public buildings- especially the public library and historic monuments spread generously across the city.

The city offers several photo opportunities through day and night, and has especially quaint and well designed traditional cafes and age old pubs. Vienna is well connected by its trams which also add to its aesthetic value. The roads of Wein are always brimming with tourists, students, artists and performers. It is one of the few cities where you can clearly demarcate between large groups of people who are typical office goers and another group which makes its living through art! Walking around the city is easy, although there may be a language barrier for those not fluent with German. An impressive monument expressing the culture of this country is the Hoffgurg imperial palace.

The majestic hoffberg- The architecture of the palace is intricate and traditional, and today the palace is home to the National library, war museum as well as the Spanish horse riding school. Outside the National museum of Wein. What intrigued me the most about the Hoffberg was the museum of Ethnography, which accounted the day to day lives of kings and queens that have resided in the palace over time. National museum of Vienna houses the war museum as well. The ring boulevard is another beautiful spot in Vienna which offers great pictures. The Austrian parliament, an imposing building can also be seen from here. The boulevard is scenic, historically rich and home to the Natural museum and the museum of Fine Arts, majorly inspired by the Italian renaissance.

In the heart of the city is the gorgeous St. Stephen cathedral, a magnificent church with an extremely large roof and high tower. The church square is the main part of the city center and is extremely tourist friendly. We made lots of local friends here, and even struck upon a lucrative deal with a local vendor selling Opera passes. We were later upgraded to the VIP section of the show leading to a night dipped in the glory of ancient Wein and sparkling champagne. We walked past Kalskirche, the building opposite the cathedral and then down the Blutgassen district road to the ever colorful Naschmarket! The Blutgassen district has intricate, winding roads and many hidden alley ways if you know where to look.

A foodie's delight, the Naschmarkt is like an Indian bazaar- dynamic and full of variety. We bought home a variety of spices and chocolates although a large part of the market caters to fresh meat and pork sausage stalls. The anchor clock hangs proud at the city center, representing the Austrian spirit and culture. For those who love to shop, the street behind St. Stephen cathedral is a shopper’s absolute delight. Mainly a high street you will find everything ranging from Tiffany's, Mcqueen, Prada to Ferragamo and Ferretti!

Usual sights along the roads of Wien: However, moving on to the traditional treasures of Vienna, the Belvedere palace and the peripherally located Schonbrunn palace are tourist delights. The Schonbrunn palace is immensely beautiful and is spread across giant acres of land. The palace provides front and back views of landscapes spread out till as far as the eye can see. We spent hours running across and exploring the snow spread grounds of the palace. The immensity of the property is awe inspiring and I recommend an entire day for this tourist spot if you really want to see every nook and corner of the schonbrunn. Schonbrunn palace, Austria: Visiting the Schonbrunn gave us the opportunity to check out the train service in Austria as well, which was a delight owing to the scenic views of the country one gets through the journey.

The view from Schoenbrunn palace: Coming back to my personal ambition, I spent my birthday night at a high profile club of Vienna, Le Babenberger Passage- thanks to my absolutely amazing friends. This club is located under the ground and definitely not easy to find unless you know where to look.

Cosmopolitran night at the Babenberger Passage (club): The Passage hosts great crowds, international music circuits and interesting drink profiles, Absinthe cocktails being one of their specialties. Having spent a large part of our power trip in Vienna, we spent the rest of the trip traveling across Hungary and Slovakia!

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Austria Overview

Located in Central Europe, Austria is a landlocked and a mountainous country. Sprawling over an area of 83,855 square kilometres, the country is divided into nine federal provinces. Austria shares its borders with eight countries, namely; Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary. The capital of this country is Vienna, which lies on the Danube River and is partly enveloped by the hills of Vienna Woods.

The history of Austria states that it has been ruled by many, from the early human settlements in the Danube Valley, followed by Celts, Illyrians, Romans and Bavarians to Babenberg and the Habsburg dynasties. Dating back to prehistoric times, the land of Austria was inhabited and overrun by several tribes, including the Celts, Romans, Vandals and others.

For several centuries, Austria was a part of the Roman Empire. However the fate of the country began to change when in the 5th century, the Roman Empire collapsed. This collapse entailed another tide of invasion in the country. Later in the 8th century, the land of Austria was conquered by Charles the Great, who was believed to be the patron of Christianisation and colonisation.

The territories under the rule of Charles were later handed over to the House of Babenberg. It was during this time that the name of Austria appeared in the history for the first time with the written documents proving its existence. The name was mentioned in the documents that described the Babenberg March.

After the extinction of the Babenberg line in the 13th century, the Habsburgs took over Austria until the First World War. During the rule of the Habsburgs, Austria witnessed its cultural and economical development that significantly contributed to the country’s art and architecture.

The rule of Habsburg marked the expansion of Austrian territories, which was brought through the marriages of the Habsburgs with the royal families of different parts of the world. By doing this, they managed to bring in different territories of the world under the rule of the Austrian Empire.

In 1806, with the victory of Napoleon over the Austrian forces, the Holy Roman Empire came to decline. This was followed by Austria’s participation in the French Revolution. During the middle of the 19th century, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire came into existence.

This empire comprised German, Serbian, Czech and other lands, that helped it in being one of the central powers of that period. However, this empire collapsed after the First World War and monarchy was abolished; and Austria established itself as a Republic in 1918.

In 1983, the country was forced to submit to the German Third Reich. However, in 1945, Austria again declared itself as a Republic with its victory of the allies over Germany. After Austria declared itself a Republic in 1945, the land was constitutionally secured. Later in 1995, Austria was acceded to the European Union.

Being a federation of nine federal states, Austria has its own distinct culture which can be seen in its music, art, theatre, literature, philosophy and food. Cultural figures ranging from composers like Mozart and Schubert to the psychologist Sigmund Freud, all belong to this country.

Austria is among one of the most popular tourists’ destinations owing to its beautiful architectures located in Vienna, like Opera House and imperial Hofburg and baroque churches. In addition, with a city like Salzburg, which was the birthplace of Mozart, Austria, has been enticing music lovers from all around the globe.

Austria can be visited throughout the year, as various activities can be enjoyed in different months. For instance, November to April are the ideal months for those who want to enjoy winter sports.

Photos of Austria

Austria

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Gaurav Verma

If you are looking for heaven on earth, It is this!
Austria

Photo by

Gaurav Verma

If you are looking for heaven on earth, It is this!
Austria

Photo by

Gaurav Verma

If you are looking for heaven on earth, It is this!

Getting to Austria

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Visa: Prior application

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Transit

Transit time: 16 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 25,310 per person

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