11/29/13   Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Parliament Building looked festive with the large red bow.
201311_29 00 Vienna-Austrian Parliament Building

The lavish Hofburg Palace housed some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and served as their principal winter residence.  It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.  The front section of the building was completed in 1913, whereas the older sections of the building date back to 1279 AD.
201311_29 01 Vienna-Hofburg Palace-Front 1913, older section back to 1279 AD

In an older part of the Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Lipizzaner Stallions Training School is located.
201311_29 02 Vienna Lipizzaner Stallions Training School

The Vienna City Hall Building is ready for Christmas with the Christmas Market located in front of the building.
201311_29 03 Vienna-City Hall Building

We enjoyed browsing the gigantic Christmas market.   It is one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe.
201311_29 04 Vienna-Christmas Market

On the streets we saw several horse drawn carriages for hire.
201311_29 05 Vienna Street Scene

We enjoyed seeing the trams run along the streets of Vienna.
201311_29 06 Vienna-Tram Cars

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna.   The current Romanesque and Gothic form of the cathedral was largely initiated by Duke Rudolf IV (1339–1365) and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, dating back to 1147 AD.
201311_29 07 Vienna-St Stephen's Cathedral

Beneath the Hoher Market Square are Roman ruins dating back to 27 BC.
201311_29 08 Vienna-Roman Ruins-beneath Hoher Markt Square-27 BC