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VIENNA

Population: 1,596,700
Area: 160 square miles

 

The Austrian capital belongs to the five most popular destinations in European City tourism - with good reason. Vienna's historical architecture, concentrated on the inner city and along the Ringstrasse, has been largely preserved and skilfully restored. Even the remains of a former Roman military camp dating back to the first century have been rediscovered. Some churches, monasteries, and historic houses go back to the time of the Babenberg dynasty. As the capital of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna saw its heyday under the reigns of Maria Theresia and Francis Joseph I. Baroque palaces, the Hofburg, Schoenbrunn and Belvedere palace, the magnificent houses of the bourgeoisie and aristocracy gives ample evidence of the splendour of these epochs.

From the turn of the century onwards life in this metropolis was determined by an immensely rich and diverse culture. Freud, Mahler, Schoenberg, von Hofmannsthal, Werfel, Schnitzler, Kraus, Hoffmann, Loos, Olbrich, Wagner, Klimt, Kokoschka and Schiele are just a few renowned names from that time. As a centre as musical life, Vienna had already won worldwide recognition and fame due to the works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss father and son, Lanner, the Viennese waltz, and the golden era of the operetta. Today a visit to the opera, or to one of Vienna's music halls, The Musikverein or the Konzerthaus, belongs to the standard program of each music buff.

Vienna disposes of excellent evening entertainment, the two most popular forms are the in-pubs and stand up bars of the so-called Bermuda Triangle (one hip pub is next to the other) on the one hand, and the Heurigen, wine taverns at the foothills of the Vienna Woods which offer the famous Viennese wines, on the other hand.

When staying in Vienna, one should not forget to drop at the Prater amusement park, and take a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel, for cyclists and water sport enthusiasts the Danube island offers all possibilities one can imagine; for relaxing and experiencing true Austrian hospitality the Vienna Woods are the right place. Since the opening of the East, Vienna has more than ever before become an important European hub. Numerous international organisations have their headquarters here, which is best expressed by the UN-centre on the left bank of the Danube. In case one just associates Vienna with the Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Boy's Choir, and St. Stephen's, he will miss the wealth of museums and galleries, the numerous events in the course of the Vienna Festival, the balls like the Opera Ball, and the year round buzz in the Viennese cafes, pubs, restaurants and discos. The Viennese always find a reason to celebrate, and sometimes the whole city is involved in these activities. In addition to the above-mentioned sights, there are still a lot of others. Here is a brief selection: the Imperial Treasury, the Imperial Burial Vaults, the Ephesos museum, the Hundertwasserhaus, the Secession, the National Library, the Naschmarkt (Street market every Saturday morning), Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) houses, the Lainz game park, and many more.

Vienna's Areas and Resorts
The City
Servus in Austria
The Danube
Grinzing Sievering
Leopoldsberg Kahlenberg
Brater Schloss Schönbrunn


 

Wiener Tourismus Verband
Vienna Tourist Board
Obere Augartenstrasse 40
A-1025 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (1) 21114*0
Fax: +43 (1) 2168492