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Vienna, Austria, 2010

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Belvedere is an immense place, definitely to the forte of the days of the Habsburgs. Everything in excess, and definitely showing a sense of wealth and power.
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In der Burg, 1010 Wien, Austria
Within Hofburg Palace is a courtyard known as Franzensplatz, with this monument to Franz Joseph I, who ruled Austria from 1848-1916.
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Demel is a world-famous patisserie that's been in business for over 200 years. Serving the finest in baked pastries and chocolate, a visit is a must for anyone who travels to Vienna.
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Philharmoniker Str. 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
This beautiful Neo-Renaissance building was opened in 1869 to a mixed public review, but today it's well-loved by the Viennese and tourists alike. I did not get a chance to go inside, but caught a photo as we walked by. I can only imagine what it...
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Kärntner Str. 53-55, 1010 Wien, Austria
I took this photo so people would believe me, and still post it as a funny story to tell. We were walking through Vienna, turned a corner and saw this in a souvenir shop on the street. I'm sure they're not real guns, but it's funny to see that...
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Sonderadresse 9. Bezirk 1048/1, 1030 Wien, Austria
It's not just the fountain, but the whole area. While it is known as a square, it's more like an open street with the beautiful Hochstrahlbrunnen fountain as the centerpiece.
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Prinz Eugen-Straße 25, 1040 Wien, Austria
Looking at the building from the garden. I was marveled at the immense size of all of Belvedere.
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Prinz Eugen-Straße 66, 1040 Wien, Austria
On the other side of Belvedere Gardens sits Upper Belvedere. I've never understood the need for two large buildings on opposite ends of the garden other than royal excess.
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Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
Truly a marvel in neoclassicism, this building screams "government"...or "museum". The statues of Greek mythological figures do add a lovely touch, especially Athena, goddess of wisdom standing prominently.
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Bräunerstraße 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Graben Street is one of the most popular pathways for tourists in Vienna. Lined with cafes and shopping, the visitor is occasionally greeted with relics of the past, like this sculpture known to the Germans as a "plague column". It's more or less...
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Stephansplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
In the heart of Vienna sits St. Stephen's Cathedral. Built in the late 12th century, it's a grand piece of beauty borrowing both from the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture. Unlike St. Vitus in Prague, St. Stephen's shimmers with light...
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Prinz Eugen-Straße vor, 1040 Wien, Austria
Between the upper and lower Belvedere palaces sits this immense garden. Filled with greenery, statues, and fountains, it seems like too much to really enjoy. Perhaps my taste in cozy Mediterranean gardens that are more or less places to "hide"...
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Heldenplatz 21/4, 1010 Wien, Austria
Rounding out your visit to Hofburg Palace is the last of the great expansions to the palace by the Habsurgs. The building was done in true neoclassical style, obviously to make the royal family appear as mighty as Greek gods. A statue of Archduke...