The Austrian Parliament Building is the largest structures on Vienna's Ringstrasse and the exterior of the building is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Austrian capital.
The building was constructed between 1874 and 1883, and is built in the Greek Revival style. Today the building serves as the seat of the National and Federal Council of Austria.
Unfortunately, the interior of this impressive building was substantially damaged during the war, but recently substantial renovation work has taken place to restore the damaged rooms to as they once were.
Probably the most well known is the fountain with the statue of Athena. The fountain has a richly decorated basin, above which stands Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. At the foot of Athens are four figures representing the Danube, Inn, Vltava and Elbe - the most important rivers in the former Austrian-Hungarian empire.
The buildings are made out of Austrian marble, which to this day still hold up well even after more than 100 years of exposure to the city air.
Public tours are now available of the Parliament buildings, although they do not run every day. Tickets can be purchased on site, and do not need to be pre-booked. The entrance to the visitor center is behind the fountain of Athena.
The Parliament building itself is easy to reach with public transport and is even easily reachable by foot from most parts of the center of Vienna.
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