Hofburg is the Imperial Palace of Vienna, which was the magnificent home of the long-reigning Habsburg princes. Built in medieval times, it evolved into a patchwork castle representing every style from gothic to art nouveau. Today, the Hofburg is home to the National Library, the Museum of Ethnography and the famed Spanish Riding School.
The Mariahilf is Vienna's sixth district and home to one of Vienna's most important areas for shipping. Founded in 1850, the Mariahilf district is southwest of Vienna's Inner Stadt. The District is an urban residential area that is densely populated.
The Museums Quartier, or Museum Quarter, presents Baroque history and stark Modernism side by side in a vast Viennese cultural center that is amongst the 10 largest art centers in the world. The Museums Quartier or MQ is housed in the 260-year-old Baroque Imperial Court Stables complex. To learn more, visit www.mqw.at.
Ringstrasse or Ring Boulevard is Vienna's famed circular road that goes around the Innere Stadt district of Vienna. Stretching for 4 breathtaking kilometers, Emperor Franz Joseph I commissioned the Ring Boulevard in December 1857. Today, it is home to some of Vienna's most important buildings, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Austrian Parliament building and Hofburg.
Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace is surrounded by a huge park and towering buildings. Built to outshine the French at Versailles, the House of Habsburg ran out of funds to outdo its French rival. Today, the Baroque beauty stands among the finest buildings in Austria.