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Vienna the classic European city [PHOTOS]

Vienna is one of Europe’s classic capital cities together with London, Paris and Rome. All are renowned for the breadth of their traditional architecture, long history and rich culture.

As I strolled around Vienna it was impossible not to become absorbed by the grandeur of its centuries old buildings, the splendour of its squares, parks and avenues.

Gazing upward, beyond towering columns to domed and vaulted roofs I was struck by the many historical and mythical characters that lined the edges of so many of its buildings. They stared back at me, adding a Gothic cloak of mystery to this remarkable urban landscape.

Vienna is a city that has truly embraced art and the artist

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I’ve treated the city to some black and white photography which I think perfectly encapsulates the classical spirit and energy of this elegant, romantic capital.

The Hofburg Palace is huge enough to fill a panoramic shot-2

Statue of former Austrian Queen Maria-Theresia overlooking the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

The Hofburg Palace is huge enough to fill a panoramic shot

Vienna's former imperial apartmentsTaking a break at Vienna's National LibraryA horse and cart around Vienna may be the perfect way to take in the city

The imposing Hofburg Palace was once home to Austria’s royal family.


Statues abound on Vienna's buildings

Regal buildings line The Ring – Vienna’s most impressive street.

The decorative tiled roof of St Stephen's Church

St Stephen’s Cathedral has a heavily decorative tiled roof and provides some quirky views.


Detail of the roof of St Stephen's Cathedral


St Stephen's Church and Vienna below


Austria's Parliament building was constructed from 1874 to 1883 in Greek revival style

Statues are everywhere in Vienna, they even looking down from lampostsStatue of Greek historian Thukydides at the Austrian Parliament in ViennaAustrian Parliament in ViennaThe Pallas-Athene-Brunnen fountain before the Parliament building represents the main rivers of the Austro Hungarian empire

The Austrian Parliament building was constructed in Greek revival style.

Vienna's Opera House

Vienna’s Opera House.

The Albertina, Vienna

The Albertina Museum is just as beautiful in the midnight rain as during the day.


You can't help but photograph Vienna's incredible statues

And you can’t help but photograph its incredible statues.


The Generali building

The Generali Building.


Statues peer down on you in Vienna

Statues peer at you from all quarters of the city.


It's all in the eyes in Vienna

It’s all in the eyes.

Where to go in Vienna's Museum Quartier

This is Klimt year in Vienna - marking 150 years since his birth and the artist's works are on display at museums across the cityThe MuseumsQuartier is where Viennese come to hang out with friendsEntering the Museum QuartierThe Volkstheater just outside the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna's centre of arts

All roads lead to the MuseumsQuartier where classical architecture blends with the very modern in the form of trendy restaurants, designer boutiques, the cool nightlife in Museumplatz and contemporary art museums like the Mumok.

Born In Stars We Live On Earth As Poets at Vienna's Musuem Quartier

Inspiring entrance to the MuseumsQuartier – Vienna is a city that has truly embraced art and the artist.

The shape of modern art in Vienna at the Mumok

The shape of modern art at the Mumok.


Tram in Vienna

There are plenty of modern trams, but we liked the charming older version that buzz around the city.

Whether viewing the classical or modern side to Vienna it all looks great in black and white. Find out more about this classic European capital city.

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LiveShareTravel's founder and editor Sarah, has long been passionate about luxury travel and, with a nose for a deal, has helped many friends book trips as affordable as they are stylish. As a journalist and travel magazine editor with expert knowledge of shared ownership, starting LiveShareTravel was a natural progression. She can't live without her smartphone, loves dancing (especially salsa), wine and massages; and is never happier than when she's wandering the world. She is co-author of The Luxury Traveller's Handbook.

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3 Responses to Vienna the classic European city [PHOTOS]

  1. Wow, what a wonderful wiev on the new old side from vienna! I like your pictures but do you have also visit the “Hundertwasserhaus” in Vienna ??

    • Thank you, glad you like the images. We didn’t go to the Hundertwasserhaus, but want to next time we’re in Vienna – which I hope is not too long.

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