The real highlight of the 14th-century Gothic Augustinerkirche is not its pale, vaulted interior but the Herzgruft, a crypt containing silver urns with the hearts of 54 Habsburg rulers. The crypt is open on Sunday after the 11am Mass (celebrated with a full choir and orchestra) – turn up around 12.30pm. The church hosts regular evening classical music concerts; check schedules at Sometimes on a visit you can catch the choir practising. Many Habsburg weddings took place here.

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1. TheaterMuseum

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Housed in the baroque Lobkowitz palace (1694), this museum has temporary exhibitions on Vienna's theatre history. It also displays Staatsoper's collection…

2. Schmetterlinghaus

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Sharing the Habsburg’s personal Jugendstil glasshouse (1901) with the Palmenhaus bar in the Burggarten, the Schmetterlinghaus has hundreds of fluttering…

3. Nationalbibliothek Prunksaal

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Austria’s flagship library, the Nationalbibliothek, contains an astounding collection of literature, maps, globes of the world and other cultural relics;…

4. Albertina

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Once used as the Habsburgs' imperial apartments for guests, the Albertina is now a repository for an exceptional collection of graphic art. The permanent…

5. Kapuzinergruft


Beneath the Kapuzinerkirche, the Kapuzinergruft is the final resting place of most of the Habsburg royal family, including Empress Elisabeth. Opened in…

6. Kaiserliche Schatzkammer

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The Hofburg's Kaiserliche Schatzkammer contains secular and ecclesiastical treasures (including devotional images and altars, particularly from the…

7. Helmut-Zilk-Platz

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Wedged between the Staatsoper and the Albertina, this square stands out for its Monument Against War & Fascism by Alfred Hrdlicka (1988). The series of…

8. Mahnmal Gegen Krieg und Faschismus

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Designed by Alfred Hrdlicka and installed in 1988, this series of pale block-like sculptures on Helmut-Zilk-Platz has a dark, squat shape wrapped in…