Hercules at the Hofburg castle in Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)
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Just like the entrance to the Michaeler Wing, the two side entrances at the Hofburg Castle in Vienna are framed by huge figures of Hercules.
They were created by Lorenzo Mattielli of Vincenza, one of most important sculptors of the Baroque.
For more than 600 years Vienna was the center of imperial elegance and the Habsburg power. From the 13th century to the end of World War I, the Habsburg dynasty reigned over their large, multinational empire from Vienna. The epicenter of imperial power was the Hofburg. Each of the emperors expanded the Hofburg by another new castle.
But there are many other sights in Vienna that are as interesting as the Hofburg Castle itself. In Vienna lived and worked Antonio Vivaldi, Arcimboldo, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Maria Theresa, Elisabeth – Sisi, Franz Joseph, Sigmund Freud, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Ludwig van Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Johann Strauss and many others. With this guide you can explore all streets, churches, buildings, museums and castles in two or three days.
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The guidebook Historic City Center of Vienna is in many ways a different Vienna travel guide. Away from the tourist traps you will be guided through the castles and gardens unique for its historical importance and glance.
In WHO IS WHO and WHAT IS WHAT IN VIENNA you will find more than 100 brief biographies of historical figures as well as about 90 public places with the addresses, opening hours, admission fees and public transport connections for each one of them.
Last but not least: This guide will be updated and published 2-times a year. If you buy the book once, you will be able to download new book version with recent information, new chapters, pictures and maps every six months without additional charge. The actual version is 1.8
You can read the first chapters for FREE here: Vienna City Walk 2013 – Palaces, Streets and Squares