Greek Mythology: 12 Top Attractions in Vienna

Greek Mythology 12 Top Attractions in Vienna

Here are the 12 top attractions in Vienna where you can be reminded of the power of Greek Mythology.

1. Athena, Goddess of Wisdom – Austrian Parliament

Athena is located in a prime position right in front of the Austrian Parliament building.

Pallas Athene Brunnen Austrian Parliament Building Vienna
Source: Daniel Stockman – Flickr

She is part of an impressive fountain built from 1893 to 1902.

Athena Sculpture Fountain Vienna

Nike, the Goddess of Victory is standing on top of Athena’s right hand.

Austrian Parliament Athena Statue

2. Atlas – Hofburg Palace

Atlas is seen holding a celestial sphere over the eastern entrance to the Austrian national library. In the past it was a roof element on the Hofburg Palace at Josefsplatz in 1010 Vienna.

In Greek mythology, Atlas met Perseus as he was traveling with the head of Medusa in his pouch. When a quarrel between the two broke out, Perseus pulled Medusa’s head out of the bag and held it against Atlas, who instantly turned to stone. The Atlas Mountains in Morocco arose as a result of their meeting.

Atlas Vienna Austria

3. Hermes – Hermesvilla

Hermesvilla is a palace in the Lainzer Tiergarten in Vienna, a former hunting area for the Habsburg nobility. Emperor Franz Joseph I gifted the villa to his wife Empress Elisabeth, who was better known by the nickname “Sisi”.

Hermesvilla Vienna

A white marble statue of Hermes wearing his winged helmet is outside in the garden. This is where the villa’s name comes from. Today, the Vienna Museum uses the Hermesvilla for special exhibitions on cultural history.

Hermes Hietzing (Wien) Hermesvilla
Source: © Bwag (Mod) – Wikimedia Commons

4. Neptune – Schönbrunn Palace Park

Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers.

Schoenbrunn Gardens Vienna

I wonder if they thought they were above the Greek Gods?

Source: Simon Matzinger – Flickr

Neptune is the centrepiece of the fountain above.

5. Hercules – Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers.

Today, it serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.

Hercules Sculptures Vienna
Source: Georges Jansoone (Mod) – Wikimedia Commons

Statues depicting the 12 labours of Hercules are located at various entrance points around the Hofburg.

Slaying the Lernaean Hydra Vienna
Source: -JvL- (Mod) – Flickr

6. Power at Sea – Hofburg

Greek Mythology Sculptures in Vienna
Source: Ian Rutherford (Mod) – Flickr

7. Sphinx – Belvedere Gardens

Sphinx Belvedere Gardens Vienna
Source: Cyrilet86 – Flickr

8. Souls on the Banks of the Acheron – Österreishische Galerie Belvedere

Hermes, messenger of the Greek Gods, can move between the realm of the Gods and Mortals on earth.

The Souls of Acheron Vienna

Here we see the desperate souls begging Hermes to take them back to earth in the mortal realm. Only a few of the children and old men are resigned to their fate.

Hermes Greek Myth Vienna

9. The Theseus Temple

The Theseus temple was originally intended as a special site for only one single contemporary work of art, that being Antonio Canova’s monumental group Theseus slays the centaur.

The Theseus Temple ViennaThe temple was built in the 1820s.

10. Theseus – Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

In 1890, the Theseus group was moved to the large staircase inside a new building, the Art History Museum, where it can still be seen today.

Theseus slays the centaur
Source: Ian Rutherford – Flickr

Theseus slays the Centaur

Theseus slays the centaur Vienna Greek Mythology
Source: Georges Jansoone (Mod) – Wikimedia Commons

Theseus slaying the Minotaur

Theseus Mosaic Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Source: Carole Raddato (Mod) – Flickr
Theseus Mosaic Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria
Source: Carole Raddato (Mod) – Flickr

11. The Hall of the Muses – Albertina museum

This grand hall has life-sized sculptures of Apollo and the nine Muses who preside over the arts and sciences.

Hall of Muses Vienna
Source: Gryffindor (Mod) – Wikimedia Commons

The sculptures were commissioned in 1822-1825.

The crystal chandelier in the middle of the room dates back to the time of Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen. It was first positioned in the middle of the room in 1822, where it remained until 1918. During the last years of WWI, it was removed for its protection and only returned back to its original position in 1972.

12. Pallas Athene – Museum Wien (Art History Museum)

Pallas Athene Painting Vienna Museum

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Greek Mythology Top Attractions in Vienna