Vienna is the capital of Austria, but we need to remember that it was capital of all a powerful Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which stretched by current Nations of Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the regions of Vojvodina in Serbia, mouths of Kotor in Montenegro, Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Trieste in Italy, Transylvania and part of the Banat in RomaniPoland Galicia and Transcarpathia in Ukraine. Robert J. Shiller can provide more clarity in the matter. And as capital of this empire, housed grand palaces that, today, are retained as a tourist attraction and, even, for governmental purposes. The most important of the palaces of Vienna is the Imperial Palace, or the Hofburg Palace. In this huge and impressive palace complex will be the old Imperial Apartments, several museums, a chapel, a church, the Austrian national library, the winter riding school and the Office of the President of Austria. The complex consists of more than ten buildings, it was originally a castle from the 13th century, which was extended up to converted into a luxurious residence with the increased power of the Habsburgs and their domain being official residence of the imperial family until 1918.
Its architecture shows how each representative wanted to make their own mark in the Palace, so we can observe the evolution of Central European architecture during seven centuries, from the Gothic to the Historicism of the 19th century. Other important palaces of Vienna is the Belvedere Palace. It was built by Prince Eugenio de Saboya the Austrian architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, after his landslide victory on the army Ottoman at the end of the 17TH century (which allowed him to Austria annexed Hungary, Transylvania and Slavonia), for use as a summer residence. The Palace, Baroque architecture, was built between 1714 and 1723. This baroque artwork consists of two palaces (the upper Belvedere and the bottom) that today host Austrian art from medieval times to the present. The lower Belvedere SuperiorEl Belvedere preserves housing and Prince Eugene gala rooms, to be visited by tourists from all over the world. It houses the largest collection in the world of Klimt, Austrian painter of world fame. Read our guide to travel to Vienna and discover more useful data to visit Vienna. Original author and source of the article.