A stroll around Vienna is like a journey back in time to the city’s imperial past. Many of the city’s landmarks go back to the Baroque era, and the reign of Empress Maria Theresa. In 1857 Emperor Franz Joseph gave the order to raze the city walls and construct the Ringstrasse in their place. A stroll along the city’s showpiece boulevard is a sightseeing experience to remember, since the Ring is lined with grand buildings and beautiful parks on both sides.
The Hofburg, in the heart of the old town, served as the residence of the Habsburg emperors and empresses, and was the epicenter of this great power from 1278 to 1918. Today the extensive complex is home to a number of leading museums and official state rooms.