From the Opera House, take a walk to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which was built in 1147 A.D. and partially remodeled from then to 1433, and also suffered much damage from bombing during the war. However, the Gothic spire (448 feet) escaped damage. The Cathedral contains many beautiful pulpits, choirs, galleries and a great organ of Baroque design. The catacombs connect with subterranean passage ways which extend under the entire area around the Stefanplatz in Vienna.
Next on your list should be a visit to the Palace. The immense imperial summer palace and beautiful gardens of Schoenbrunn in the western outskirts of the city are an absolute must. Don’t fail to walk through the interior of this palace, the Hall of Mirrors and see the magnificent collection of coaches. Walk around the beautiful gardens and take in the oldest zoo in Europe, the Tiergarten.built in 1275 A.D. by Otto II,
was the winter palace of the Habsburg emperors. It s now open to visitors who want to see the wonderful Habsburg collection. The renowned wrought-iron Michaeler Tor opens into the Michaeler rotunda. Off this are the imperial apartments and state suites, the private apartments of Franz Joseph, containing the personal furnishings of the Emperor, the suites of Empress Elizabeth, the gorgeous state apartments now used by the President of Austria, the rooms containing the imperial porcelain collection, Adjacent is the world famous Spanish Riding Academy which was founded in he 16th century. In the beautiful hall the famous Lipizzaner horses are put through their Spanish paces at regular performances. A main entrance leads from the rotunda to the central courtyard of In der Burg. Here too you should visit the Schweizerhof, from where you enter the unique collection of the crown jewels. You should also visit the imperial chapel.