When I was thinking about Winter locations, Vienna, was one of the first places to pop into my mind! I wanted to start off the new year right, and what better way to start 2018 than a Winter Wonderland trip through Europe?!
Vienna is the capital of Austria and has an immense amount of charm. Vienna is famous for its Imperial palaces, musical influences of Mozart and many others, and for its incredibly stunning architecture. All of those make Vienna a perfect destination, not only for the Winter (even though the snow definitely adds an extra touch of magic) but also for all other three seasons. This is a guide on the most photo worthy spots in Vienna for your next trip to this architectural and historical city!
1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a must visit for anyone visiting Vienna. Its construction began in the 12th Century and is one of the most prominent Gothic structures in Vienna. One of the most notable parts of the Cathedral is the colorfully tiled roof. The roof displays the Vienna coat of arms and beautiful blue tiles, making this Cathedral stand out significantly from all other Cathedrals. You can go up to the top (about 350 steps) to get a gorgeous view of the roof and of the square, but unfortunately we just did not have time to do this. We did however, get to the square early in the AM (which in the winter is not hard to do since the sun rises at 7:50 AM) and were able to get crowd less shots in the square and of the Cathedral.
2. Wandering around the Innere Stadt
The Innere Stadt is in the Central first district, located in Vienna’s old town. The Innere Stadt includes St. Stephen’s Cathedral, beautiful buildings and cute streets, many restaurants and cafes, and of course a ton of wonderful shops. It is a great area to just wander around and find photo worthy spots.
Michaelerplatz is another beautiful square in Vienna famous for its proximity to the Hofburg Palace. This square holds the beautiful Neo-Baroque entrance gate to the Hofburg complex. Later in the morning to evening, there are several horse and buggies parked outside the entrance gate for a ride through the central district of Vienna. There are several coffee houses and cafes in this square, which makes it a perfect little spot to have a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate while admiring the beautiful architecture through the window.
4. Hofburg Palace
A visit to Vienna is not complete without visiting the Hofburg Palace, the former imperial palace of the Habsburg family. The Hofburg Complex is quite impressive with its beautiful architecture, and totally worth taking some photos in front of! There is a front and back side of the palace, but in my opinion the back side was even more beautiful because there were not nearly as many people as the front side.
5. Vienna Opera House From the Albertina Terrace
The Vienna Opera House is considered one of the most important Opera houses in the world because of its numerous prestigious ballets, plays, musicals, and symphonies. The outside structure of the Opera house itself is beautiful and makes for one pretty photo! The Albertina Terrace is in my opinion the most perfect spot to get that perfect photo of the Opera house because of it elevation, also it is easier to take the photo from the terrace than if you stand next to the Opera house!
Karlskirche is a Baroque Church located in the Karslplatz square in Vienna. This Baroque Church is one of the most beautiful I have seen, and also very unique! When we went to take photos by this church, it actually started to snow lightly. It really brought so much magic to the moment and made it to where we had the whole place to ourselves!
7. Belvedere Palace
The Belvedere Palace is another one of Vienna’s beautiful Baroque masterpieces. The outside, as well as the inside, truly blew me away with some of the most beautiful details. Since we were in Vienna in January, we were lucky to have quite some snow that day making each photo even more magical. Regardless of what time of year you go, this palace makes for some stunning photos.
8. Schonbrunn Palace
Another stunning Baroque Palace in Vienna, the Schonbrunn Palace, was the Imperial summer residents of the Habsburg family. I guess one palace is not enough right? This beautiful palace has over 1400 rooms and has a beautiful garden (mainly in the Spring and Summer months). When we explored this palace, there was still some snow on the ground so the gardens were not in their prime, either way it was still beautiful!
9. Maria Am Gestade
A gorgeous Gothic church, and one of the oldest in Vienna, situated in the Innere Stadt. This church is situated above a wonderful stairway and makes for some really wonderful photos!
Griechengasse is actually the Greek quarter of Vienna and such an adorable little area to explore. This part of Vienna is totally worth wandering around!
Spittleberg is located in the 7th district of Vienna and includes a collection of adorable narrow cobble stone roads, pretty colorful buildings, cafes, shops, and many bars to choose from. This is another area in Vienna totally worth wandering around because there are many photogenic spots!
12. Austrian National Library
I have never seen a more ornate and beautiful library in my life! So many books, coupled with a quaint charm, and a stunning ceiling fresco. What is better than that? This library is actually located in the Hofburg Palace, and I am so glad that we decided to go in! It was pretty hard to avoid people while getting a photo but patience and the right moment will get you a stunning photo of this library.
And here is your list of photo worthy spots in Vienna! There are many little alleys and streets to wander around in this cultural and historical city, but these are my all time favorite spots. There is a lot to see in Vienna and is very walk able and beautiful to explore any time of the year! I hope this list helps you find the most photo worthy spots in one of the most important cities in the world!
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