Vienna Austria is indeed a many-sided capital with an extremely rich legacy. Often referred to as the City of Music it is the place where legendary composers created their masterpieces: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert are among the many luminaries that have worked there.
What is more, the birthplace of Viennese Waltz is the last great capital of the 19 century ball and holds an average of 300 balls each year from January to March in its beautiful palaces. The most popular of them are that in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the traditional Opernball hosted since 1877 at the fancy Vienna State Opera, the Blumenball famous for its beautiful flower arrangements, and the sweet Zuckerbäckerbal - organized by well-known confectioners.
The historic center of Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in architectural ensembles. Over 3.7 million tourists a year are attracted by its Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late 19 century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
Among the popular sites we recommend are:
- Schönbrunn Palace (a 1441-room Baroque palace and former imperial summer residence)
- Hofburg Palace (former imperial palace, home to one of the world's largest emeralds)
- The Belvedere Palace (historic building complex made up of two Baroque palaces)
- The Kunsthistorisches Museum ("Museum of Fine Arts")
- Stephansdom (Saint Stephan’s Cathedral)
Don’t forget to try the local treats: Vienna is well known for Wiener Schnitzel, a cutlet of veal or pork that is pounded flat, coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs, and fried in clarified butter.
The city has a long tradition of baking the finest cakes such as the hot Apfelstrudel. To top it all, Vienna is the only capital city to produce its own wine and have vineyards within the city limits.
Discover all the treasures of Vienna - home to the world's oldest Zoo, highest waterfall in Europe - Kriml Falls (1,250 feet), first Ferris wheel in Prater park and legendary people. Visit Vienna the city of music and inventions.