As one of the biggest cultural complexes in the world, Vienna’s Museum Quarter, or MuseumsQuartier, comprises over 60 exhibition halls, studios, galleries, shops and restaurants. Opened in 2001 almost next door to the Baroque imperial palace, the Museum Quarter and all its attractions have morphed into one of Vienna’s favorite places to meet. Here are the outstanding attractions at the complex, affectionately as MQ.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) is one of Austria’s most eccentric 20th-century artists, known for his vivid designs and strong social conscience. Visiting the Museum Hundertwasser gives insight into the genius of this environmentally driven man, who often worked under the name of Friedrich Stowasser.
Built by master architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt in the early 18th century as the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, the vast Baroque Belvedere Palace complex is set around manicured formal gardens ornamented with terraces, fountains, lakes and classical statuary. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a day’s work to explore the art collection at the Belvedere Palace.
Located near Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut (Lake District), Admont Abbey is one of the oldest monasteries in Austria. Visiting Admont Abbey from Vienna makes for a scenic day trip through alpine valleys and lakeside towns.
Shaped by the Baroque glamour of the imperial palaces, the Ringstrasse and its great mansions and theaters, Vienna is also famous for its sublime Art Nouveau buildings and artists. This design movement swept through Europe between the 1890s and early 20th century, encompassing the Belle Epoque of Paris, Jugendstil in Germany and extraordinary genius of Gaudí in Barcelona. Call it what you will, Vienna and Art Nouveau are inextricably linked.
Many of Vienna’s top sights are accessible on foot, and there is a comprehensive range of themed or guided walking tours available for visitors wanting to discover the city’s Baroque palaces and colorful neighborhoods. However, there are also more novel methods of getting around the city — here are five new ways of exploring Vienna.