The Western City Center: Burgtheater and Beyond

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Hailed as one of the most prestigious stages in the German-speaking world, the Burgtheater is home to a highly venerated ensemble of 80 actors. Always keen on stargazing, the Viennese flock to the elegant Café Landmann to observe thespians eating linzer torte. In the warmer months, students from Vienna University across the Ringstrasse stroll through Volksgarten to smell its fragrant rose garden. From here it's a short walk to the Freyung, a sumptuous square graced by the neo-Renaissance Palais Ferstel and its 19th-century shopping arcade.

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Schottenhof

This shaded courtyard typifies the change that came over Viennese architecture during the Biedermeier era (1815–48). The Viennese, according to…

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Volksgarten

Just opposite the Hofburg is a green oasis with a rose garden, a shining white 19th-century Greek temple, and a…

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Palais Ferstel

Not really a palace, this commercial complex dating from 1856 is named for its architect, Heinrich Ferstel. The facade is…

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