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Ringstrasse, Vienna

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A ring road surrounding the Old Town of Vienna, Ringstrasse contains many historically and architecturally important buildings. The 5.3 km (3.3 mi) road replaced Vienna's former city walls. While this road was designed mostly as a display of the Habsburg Empire's grandeur, a second, parallel street called Lastenstrasse serves more practical purposes for traffic. Lined with many notable museums and cultural institutions, many of Rinstrasse's buildings are older than the street itself. A loop of the street will take you to the Vienna State Opera, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austrian parliament building, Vienna's city hall, and other historic buildings. Plan to see Ringstrasse and other attractions that appeal to you using our Vienna vacation trip planner.
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  • In less than an hour, you can ride Tram 2 from the Stadtoper to Schwedenplatz, catch Tram 1 and see the great architecture surrounding the Ringstrasse. We did took the trams on our own without paying ...  more »
  • It only takes 25 minutes and allows you to see the main sights closer to the tram ring line. You get given headphones and can listen in about 9 languages.  more »
  • This is a one-hour ride on an old trolley and there are earphones so you can listen to the commentary in many different languages. It goes around the Ringstrasse. There are many different architectura...  more »