One of the city's prettiest churches, the Peterskirche was built in 1733 according to plans of the celebrated baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. Interior highlights that make a visit highly worthwhile include a fresco on the dome painted by Johann Michael Rottmayr and a golden altar depicting the martyrdom of St John of Nepomuk. Regular organ recitals and concerts are also held here; check the program online.

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1. Adolf Loos' Public Toilets

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Built in 1905 by celebrated Czech-born, Vienna-based architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933) and still operating today, these opulent public toilets down a…

2. Graben

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Today Vienna's most elegant shopping street, Graben began life as a ditch dug by the Romans to protect Vinodoba. In 1192 Leopold V filled in the ditch and…

3. Erste Österrichische Sparkasse

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The neoclassical revivalist Erste Österreichische Sparkasse (1836), on the corner of Tuchlauben, has a gilded bee symbolising thrift and industriousness…

4. Pestsäule

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Graben is dominated by the twisting outline of this gold-topped baroque memorial, designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in 1693 at the behest of…

5. Museum der Illusionen

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Vienna's mind-bending Museum of Illusions, opened in 2017, confounds your senses through its 40 interactive optical illusions and installations. They…

6. Uhren Museum

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Opened in 1921 in the Hafenhaus, one of Vienna’s oldest buildings, the municipal Uhren Museum's three floors are weighed down with an astounding 21,200…

7. Kirche Am Hof

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Now the Croatian Catholic Church, this former Jesuit monastery on the southeast side of Am Hof has a baroque facade adapted from its fire-damaged Gothic…

8. Equitable Palais

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Now containing ground-level shops and upper-level offices, this grand 1891-completed mansion designed by Andreas Streit was one of the few in Vienna never…