Day 10 – Vienna Local Sightseeing Again some local sight seeing that included the great St Stephan’s Cathedral and Belvedere Palace and having some great street side food
This explains the immensity of the 4 kilometer long circular Ringstrasse built on the orders of Franz Joseph I in 1857 to replace the city walls as a strategic showcase of the grandeur and glory of the Habsburg Empire, and the architectural gems and grand squares in the Inner City or 1st District. The gigantic Hofburg Palace, once upon a time a medieval castle, contains architectural styles from gothic to art nouveau whilst St. Stephen’s Cathedral or fondly referred to as ‘Steffl’ in the heart of the city is unique for its Gothic tower dating back to the Middle Ages.
I was taking a stroll in Stephenplatz when I stumbled across a fiaker stand that probably had 5-7 hackney carriages lined up. Following them till the end, I was lead to this marvellous ‘seat of power’ of the Habsburg Dynasty a.k.a., the Hofburg Palace.
Hofburg Palace or Imperial Palace is in the middle of the city of Vienna. It houses the Imperial Apartments, various museums, the National Treasury, the Austrian National Library. Each of these small museums require separate entry tickets and separate tours