It’s easy to see why Vienna’s Ringstrasse is often listed as one of the most beautiful boulevards in the world. Emperor Franz Josef I opened the first section of the 5.3-kilometre grand boulevard on May 1, 1865 and since then, some of Austria’s most impressive structures have been built along it. The street features a dazzling display of historicist architecture. While most of the theatres, museums and government buildings were built in the mid- to late-19th century, they were modelled after a number of historic styles such as the Baroque and Gothic. A walk (or cycle, using Vienna’s Citybike cycle-share system and the boulevard’s wide bike lanes) around the Ringstrasse is an interactive lesson on these historic traditions, earning the street the label of “Europe’s largest open-air museum”. Consider parking your bike in front of one of these beauties during your architectural tour of Vienna’s grandest road.
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