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Me and the Belvedere Palace

Text and photography by Arthur Jeciel




January 31, 2014 It was October of 2010 when I had the chance to visit Austria for the first time, thus making it my 19th visited land. Since then, I have visited this wonderful country a lot of times and each time had been full of extraordinary memories. Here are my top reccomendations when travelling to Austria.

Saint Stephen's Cathedral: Needless to say, this is the most important religious building in Vienna. If you have time, buy a ticket to have access to one of the towers for a close up of the beautiful roof tiles mosaic.

Schönbrunn Palace: Also known as the Summer Residence, this is definitely a must visit when travelling to Vienna.

Hofburg Palace: As the principal Winter Residence, this is another must visit when in Vienna.

Vienna State Opera: With a history dating back to mid 19th century, be sure you don't miss this building when in Vienna.

Vienna City Hall: Designed by Friedrich Schmidt, the building was erected between 1872 and 1883.

Burgtheater: This is the Austrian National Theater in Vienna which was erected in 1741.

University of Vienna: This is the oldest university in the German-speaking world.

Chancellery Building: This is where the Federal Chancellor's office is located.

Austrian Parliament Building: This is where the two houses of the parliament of Austria conduct their sessions.

Hundertwasser House: A colorful and unusual building designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, it was constructed between 1983 and 1985.

Riesenrad: Constructed in 1897 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I, it was the tallest extant Ferris wheel from 1920 until 1985.

Melk Abbey: This is a Benedictine Abbey considered among the world's most famous monastic sites.

Mirabel Palace and Gardens: this is definitely a must visit when in Salzburg.


Weissen Rossl: A hotel in St. Wolfgang made famous by the musical comedy of the same title.

Hallstatt: A village in the Salzkammergut which was sort of "copied" by the Chinese. I consider this as one of the best places you can visit in Austria so make sure you visit this place when you have the time.

The Belvedere Palace: This is home to the largest collection of Gustav Klimt's paintings including the most famout "The Kiss".


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