The Spittelberg District has been transformed from its colorful past as Vienna's former “red light district.” Today, the 7th District of Vienna is now a thriving center for the arts community that is known for its eccentric shopping and fine dining that is both artistic and experimental, at times.
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 magnificent City Centre is known as the first district or “Innere Stadt” and is home to many of the city's finest buildings, palaces and landmarks. The Inner Stadt is circled by the Ringstrasse or Ring Boulevard.
Stephansdom or St. Stephen's Cathedral is a hallmark of the First District and has been standing in Vienna since 1147. Despite numerous transformations, including its Gothic remodel in 1359 by Duke Rudolf IV of Habsburg, the Viennese cathedral remains a stunning work of architecture.