· The Museums Quartier: A vast cultural center which opened in 2001 and is affectionately known as MQ. Located in the old Imperial Court Stables, the complex houses five modern art museums and a children’s museum. There’s also a great café for when culture overload strikes.
The Hundertwasserhaus: While it’s a bit out-of-center, the Hundertwasserhaus is one of the country’s most fascinating buildings. Designed by the avante-garde artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and built in 1985, it's an apartment complex with odd features such as curved floors, mis-matched colors, and trees growing out of the walls. For more Hundertwasser, also check out the Kunsthaus Wien.
· The Liechtenstein Museum, This museum is located in the Liechtenstein Palais and holds the Prince of Liechtenstein’s massive art collection, which has been cultivated since the 17th century. The palace itself is grand enough to warrant a visit and the most notable part of the collection is the Peter Paul Rubens Room.
· The Hofburg Palace: The former home (pictured above) of the Habsburg royals is now chock-full of museums and other attractions, including the Imperial Apartments, the National library, the Winter Riding School, and a popular museum devoted to Sisi, wife of Franz Josef.
· The Ringstrasse: This boulevard circles Vienna’s historic center and is the city's poshest address. The wide, tree-lined street is lined with extravagant hotels, museums, and sites such as the Opera House, the Volksgarten, and the Burgtheater. If you don’t want to walk the length, hop on a tram for a short cut.
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