Constructed at the end of the 19th century, the sprawling Greek-revival Parliament Building has survived the violence and bombs of two world wars. This is where the tumultuous days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were manifested in political warfare and a populist uprising. Today, the building’s regal exterior is matched by its stately interior—get an intimate look at the workplace of Austria’s modern politicians with an hour-long guided tour (€5, in English or German) that takes you through richly furnished rooms of marble and gold. Be sure to check out the famous Pallas-Athene Fountain, which lies at the front of the building. Next to the fountain is a posh new visitors’ center featuring interactive displays that are free of charge. The Parliament Building is easily accessible from the Volkstheater station (U2 and U3 lines).
Affordable Austrian comfort food—schnitzel, sausages, and pork knuckle—goes hand-in-hand with the spe... Read more