Vienna can be considered as the world capital of music, home to numerous opera, operetta and musical composers. Music lovers are attracted to Vienna. With a musical heritage that knows no equal, the Viennese are justly proud of their city's major performance venues. The Staatsoper, Musikverein and Konzerthaus each play host to the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Strauß and Mahler, while lavish surroundings - which ooze the tradition and opulence of a bygone era - are an integral part of the classical music scene.
Vienna is also world famous for its excellent coffee and cafés. As one of the great capital cities of "Old Europe", Vienna's fine coffeehouse tradition has existed for well-over 300 years. Austrian coffee houses are something of an institution here and a traditional meeting place. A café ('Kaffeehaus') is one of the best places to relax, read the newspaper and enjoy the good things in life. To visit and not sample such mouth-watering cakes as Imperial and Esterházy torte, or a fabulous Topfenstrudel (a strudel with a sweet cheese filling) would be a travesty indeed!