We begin the virtual live tour near the Vienna State Opera, which in normal times is one of the top opera addresses in the world with top productions at the highest level and a program that changes daily. On the traces of power along the Hofburg (Albertina, Augustinian Church, National Library, Spanish Riding School, Schweizerhof, Treasury, Imperial Apartments, Michaelerplatz), the former winter residence of the Habsburgs, this tour leads to the Heldenplatz.
For more than six centuries, the empire of the Habsburg Empire was ruled from the Hofburg. The Hofburg, which was inhabited by the imperial family until 1918, was originally a castle from the 13th century, which was expanded into a magnificent residence with the rise of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their territory.
Through the traditional and yet sophisticated Kohlmarkt, where the purveyors to the court had settled (including the court confectioner Demel), we walk past the baroque plague column on the Graben to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the largest Gothic building in Austria.
Along with the Giant Ferris Wheel and Schönbrunn, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the ultimate landmark of Vienna. Its history spans from the year 1137 – when it was built and at that time was still outside the Vienna city walls – until today. The cathedral is a top tourist attraction. But above all, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is – in addition to its cultural importance – of course also a church in which seven to ten services are celebrated every day.
Duration: 1 hour
Tour guide: Susanne