Vienna, often described as Europe's cultural capital, is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all the inspiration that you could wish for in order to discover this wonderful part of Europe.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, lies on the shore of the Danube River in a valley protected by the foothills of the Alps. The city is organised into 23 districts, which (roughly) spiral clockwise around the first district, the old city limits. Most of the city's landmarks are located inside the Ringstrasse, a grand boulevard that replaced the city wall. The influx of visitors from all over the world has made Vienna the most popular urban tourist destination in Austria.
The World Capital of Music
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!