The Historic Center of Vienna combines the historically significant cultural and architectural heritage of the city. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.

Vienna, the once capital of Habsburg Empire, developed from ancient Celtic and Roman city into an impressive Baroque city of Middle Ages. Since 16th century Vienna is celebrated as Europe's music center. The Middle Ages, Baroque and Grunderzeit, three key eras of European cultural development, are expressed and well preserved in architectural heritage of Historic Center of Vienna.

The historic center of Vienna lies next to the Schonbrunn palace. It is rich in Baroque castles, palaces, gardens, as well as 19th century monuments and parks. Of particular note are:

Hofburg, the former Habsburg imperial palace in the centre of Vienna. (13th century)

St. Stephen's Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the symbol of the city. (13th century)

St. Charles's Church, the most outstanding Baroque church in Vienna. (18th century)

Wiener Rathaus, the city hall of Vienna featuring Neo-Gothic style. (19th century)

Vienna State Opera, opera house with Renaissance Revival architecture. (19th century)

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