The Austrian War Museum, or Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in German, displays articles relating to the Austrian military going back hundreds of years.
The museum itself was built in a range of styles including Byzantine, Hispano-Moorish and Neo-Gothic, making the building itself interesting from an architectural point of view. The museum opened in 1856 and is now open every day of the week for public viewing.
It is split into five different sections, each showing a different part of Austrian history. There are exhibits on the Thirty Years war, the wars against the Turkish Ottoman Empire, the French Wars and the first and second World Wars.
One of the most popular exhibits revolves around the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which sparked the First World War. The exhibit contains the car in which the royals were shot and various other original artifacts from the time.
Another interesting display is that of the Austrian Navy. Being a landlocked country, most people would not think of Austria as having a large naval presence, but this exhibit proves otherwise.
The Austrian War Museum is located slightly outside Vienna's Ringstrasse, however it is near other attractions such as the Belvedere Palace, and can be easily reached with public transport.
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