A selection of Vienna's iconic sights

Elegant, historic and always welcoming, the Austrian capital is the perfect choice for those looking to enjoy a truly rewarding sightseeing trip.

A visit to Austria is simply not complete if you have not spent some time exploring the city's iconic Ringstrasse – a circular road which is 5.3 kilometres long and houses a selection of Europe's most instantly recognisable, imposing and beautiful buildings. Fast approaching its 150th anniversary, simply walking along this 5.3 kilometre stretch is an enjoyable experience, with the road featuring notable landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera, the city's Parliament and numerous private palaces.

Somewhat more modern than the Ringstrasse is the Danube Tower – known as the Donauturm in German – which was opened in 1964, and can proudly claim to be the tallest building in the whole country. Easy to view from the nearby river, the structure is comparable to London's BT Tower, although it is much more open to public access! Scaling this popular 827 ft site, which can be done in just 35 seconds on its express elevators, provides visitors with an absolutely stunning view across the capital and even into the Vienna Woods beyond.

Finally, be sure not to forget the extraordinary St. Stephen's Cathedral, which is undoubtedly one of Vienna's most attractive places. Constructed in 1147 and faithfully maintained in the centuries that have followed, the cathedral is home to an amazing collection of artwork that can be properly viewed with the help of a guided tour. A few of St. Stephens' many other impressive artefacts include Prince Eugene of Savoy's tomb from the 18th century and the Gothic winged alter, which dates back to 1447.

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