Vienna

Viennese Cuisine

Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, Sacher Torte and Kaiserschmarren: these are just a few of the instantly recognizable and world-famous staples of Viennese cuisine. Each dish perfectly illustrates how different culinary influences come together in the city… see more

Vienna’s Restaurants

The Parisians may be the more experienced lovers, the Londoners better dressed, and the Romans famed for their dolce vita. Yet hardly any other city in the world boasts a day-to-day way of life where food and drink play such an important role as in Vienna… see more

The Viennese Coffeehouse

Coffeehouses in Vienna are much more than just places to drink coffee – they are a way of life. The city boasts in excess of 800 of them. Around 150 are classic coffeehouses, where the waiters are still dressed in black, and the décor is as unpretentious as it was in the ‘good old days’: .. see more ….

Imperial Vienna

A stroll around Vienna is like a journey back in time to the city’s imperial past. Examples of the capital’s rich cultural heritage and reminders of bygone imperial splendor await you around every corner… see more

Shopping in Vienna

The range of shopping options is particularly rich and diverse in Vienna’s historic first district. Here, the three main shopping  streets of Kohlmarkt, Graben and Kärntner Strasse form a pedestrianized area, which is known locally as the Golden U. Kohlmarkt, Vienna’s most exclusive shopping street, is lined with international brands such as Chanel, Cartier, Gucci, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Tiffany… see more

Vienna, City of Music

 No other city on earth can claim a more impressive roll call of composers past and present than Vienna. While the Austrian capital is the undisputed home of waltz and operetta, the city has also gained an international reputation for stage musicals, as this look at some of the city’s most important music venues shows…see more

Christmas in Vienna

Baubles, beeswax candles, punch, cookies and plenty of inspirational gift ideas – there’s no better way to get in the festive spirit than with a stroll around Vienna’s Advent markets and through city streets glittering with festive lights. And with so much to choose from, there is something to suit every taste...see more

Vienna at a Glance

 

 With its successful blend of imperial tradition and contemporary creativity, the Austrian capital has established itself as a major player in the global tourism market… see more ...

Architecture of Vienna

 Vienna has a well-preserved and harmonious cityscape. This former imperial capital reflects a rich heritage, while offering  all the vivacity and attractions of a pulsating contemporary European capital city. This is not so much a reflection of individual monuments or outstanding edifices past and present, but rather of a kind of general urban atmosphere, a sense of tangible urban magnitude. However, Vienna would not be the attractive capital it is today without its landmark architectural achievements over the centuries…see more

Vienna Ball Season

For more than two centuries Vienna has been the uncontested ball capital of the world. A unique blend of age-old Austrian traditions, magnificent court ceremonial and the trademark Viennese waltz has seen the capital’s ball industry turn into one of the nation’s best-loved exports. Every year imitations play out in around 30 cities worldwide, from New York to Moscow. But nothing beats the original – the romance and charm puts the Viennese ball season in a league of its own...see more

Vienna Facts and Figures

 Vienna is the federal capital, and the smallest of Austria’s nine provinces. It is located in the heart of Europe, stretching from the banks of the Danube to the north-easternmost foothills of the Pre-Alps  The city center (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) is 171 meters above sea level. Vienna’s climate is temperate with continental and maritime influences. Each year there are 67 days with temperatures of over 25°C, and 50 days with temperatures below freezing… see more

New Year in Vienna

 On New Year’s Eve Vienna offers a spectacular mix of events. The entire city lets its hair down for an all-night party – on the New Year’s Eve Trail or the landmark Giant Ferris Wheel, at elegant balls and gala dinners, and in concert halls and clubs throughout the capital… see more

Nightlife in Vienna

New clubs, bars and contemporary art spaces are springing up all over the Austrian capital – sometimes in the places you would least expect to find them. Although each location has its own distinctive identity they all manage to pull off a typically Viennese blend of tradition and young pop culture… see more

Vienna – City of Wine

 

Wine is an integral part of Vienna – just like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Schönbrunn Palace and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Viennese wine is not just to be found in the traditional heuriger. It is in the process of conquering the entire city… see more ..

Transport in and to Vienna

 

Transport in Vienna

Transport in Vienna covers Vienna International Airport, with links. Vienna’s U-Bahn services. Parking in Vienna, Driving to Vienna, Buses in the city and a link to the nearest Motorhome stopovers. … see more …

‘Must-See-Sights’

Burgtheater

The Burgtheater – Imperial Court Theatre, originally known as K.K. Theater an der Burg, then until 1918 as the K.K. Hofburgtheater, is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world… see more

Karlskirche

The St. Charles’s Church – Karlskirche, is a church situated on the south side of Karlsplatz, Vienna. It is located on the edge of the 1st district, 200 metres outside the Ringstraße. It is one of the most outstanding baroquechurch structures, and boasts a dome in the form of an elongated ellipsoid… see more

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera – Wiener Staatsoper, is an opera house – and opera company – with a history dating back to the mid-19th century. It is located in the centre of Vienna, Austria. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera (Wiener Hofoper). In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Austrian Republic, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera… see more

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace is a palace located in Vienna, Austria, that has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It was the Habsburgs’ principal winter residence, as the Schönbrunn Palace was their preferred summer residence… see more

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace – Schloss Schönbrunn,  is a former imperial 1,400-room Rococo summer residence in Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs… see more

Museumquartier

The Museumsquartier  is a 60,000 m² large area in the 7th district of the city of Vienna, Austria; it is the eighth largest cultural area in the world. The Museumsquartier contains Baroque buildings as well as Modern architectureby the architects Laurids and Manfred Ortner… see more

Belvedere

The Belvedere is a historical building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces the Upper and Lower Belvedere, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the 3rd district of the city, south-east of its centre. It houses the Belvedere museum. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates… see more

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

The Naturhistorisches Museum Wien – Museum of Natural History of Vienna, is a large museum located in Vienna, Austria. The collections displayed cover 8,700 square metres (94,000 sq ft), and the museum has a website providing an overview as a video virtual tour. The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world, and the earliest collections of artifacts were begun over 250 yeas ago… see more

Zentralfriedhof

The Zentralfriedhof  – Central Cemetery, is the largest and most famous cemetery among Vienna’s nearly 50 cemeteries. The cemetery’s name is descriptive of its significance as Vienna’s biggest cemetery, not of its geographic location, as it is not situated in the city centre of the Austrian capital, but on the very outskirts, in the outer city district of Simmering… see more

St.Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Stephansdom, is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP. Its current Romanesque and Gothic form seen today, situated at the heart of Vienna, Austria in the Stephansplatz, was largely initiated by Rudolf IV and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches… see more

Votive Church

The Votive Church – Votivkirche ,in Vienna, Austria, is one of the most important neo-Gothic religious architectural sites in the world.Located on Ringstraße in the Alsergrund district near the University of Vienna, the origin of the church derives from a knife-attack on Emperor Franz Joseph by Hungarian nationalist János Libényi on February 18, 1853… see more

Wiener Riesenrad & Prater Park

You may want to visit this landmark of Vienna in the footsteps of the immortal movie “The Third Man” or simply enjoy the view of the city from almost 200 feet up. One thing is certain – only when you have taken a ride on Riesenrad are you really in Vienna! … see more

Soviet War Memorial

The Soviet War Memorial in Vienna, more formally known as as the Heldendenkmal  der Roten Armee – Heroes’ Monument of the Red Army, is located at Vienna’s  Schwarzenbergplatz. … see more

 

 

Brief History

Evidence of continuous habitation has been found since 500 BC, when the site of Vienna on the Danube River was settled by the Celts. In 15 BC, the Romans fortified the frontier city they  called Vindobona, to guard the empire against Germanic tribes to the north. Close ties with other Celtic  peoples continued down through the ages with such figures as the eighth-century Irish monks like Saint Colman (or Koloman), who is buried in Melk Abbey and Saint Fergil (Virgil the Geometer) who was Bishop of Salzburg for forty years, to the twelfth century monastic settlements founded by Irish Benedictines. Echoes of that time are still evident in Vienna’s great Schottenstift monastery, once home to many Irish monks. In the 13th century, Vienna came under threat from the Mongolian Empire, which stretched over  much of present-day Russia and China. Due to the death of their leader Ogedei Khan, the Mongolian armies retreated from the European frontier and did not return.

During  the Middle Ages, Vienna was home to the  Babenberg dynasty; in 1440, it became the resident city of the Habsburg dynasties. It eventually grew to become the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and a cultural centre for arts and science, music and fine cuisine. Hungary occupied the city between 1485–1490. In the 16th and  17th centuries, the Ottoman armies were stopped twice outside Vienna (see Siege of Vienna, 1529 and Battle of Vienna, 1683). A plague epidemic ravaged Vienna in 1679, killing nearly a third of its population.

Austro-Hungarian Empire

In 1804, during the Napoleonic wars, Vienna became the capital of the Austrian Empire  and continued to play a major role in European and world politics, including hosting the 1814 Congress of Vienna. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, Vienna remained the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city was a centre of  classical music, for which the title of the First Viennese School is sometimes applied. During the latter half of the 19th century, the city developed what had previously been the bastions and glacis into the Ringstraße, a new boulevard surrounding the historical town and a major prestige project. Former suburbs were incorporated, and the city of Vienna grew dramatically. In 1918, after World War I, Vienna became capital of the First Austrian Republic. From the late 19th century to 1938, the city remained a centre of high culture  and modernism. A world capital of music, the city played host to composers such as Brahms, Bruckner,Mahler and Richard Strauss. The city’s cultural contributions in the first half of the 20th  century included, amongst many, the Vienna Secession movement, psychoanalysis, the Second Viennese School, the architecture of Adolf Loos and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Within Austria, it was seen as a centre of socialist politics, for which it was sometimes  referred to as “Red Vienna”. The city was a stage to the Austrian Civil War of 1934, when Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss sent the Austrian Army to shell civilian housing occupied by  the socialist militia.

The Anschluss and World War II

In 1938, after a triumphant entry into Austria, Adolf Hitler spoke to the Austrian people from the balcony of the Neue Burg, a part of the Hofburg at the Heldenplatz. Between 1938 (seeAnschluss) and the end of the Second World War, Vienna lost its status as a capital to Berlin. On 2 April 1945, the Soviets launched the Vienna Offensive against the Germans holding the city and besieged it. British and American air raids and artillery duels between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army crippled infrastructure, such as tram services and water and power distribution, and destroyed or damaged thousands of public and private buildings. Vienna fell two weeks later. Austria was separated from Germany, and Vienna was restored as the republic’s capital city.

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