Vienna – Something Old & Something New
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.
Vienna is not only the capital of Austria, but also one of its nine federal states. St. Stephen's Cathedral, considered the center of the city by its inhabitants.
The city covers 415 square kilometers and is divided into 23 districts. With woods, grassland, parks and gardens accounting for around half its area, Vienna is the city in Europe with the highest ratio of green space. "Urban green" such as Stadtpark (with one of the most frequently photographed sights in the city, the golden Johann Strauss monument) is joined by the woods and grassland of Prater, the extensive Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, sections of the Vienna Woods, vineyards, farmland and the wetlands of the legendary Danube River. During the summer temperatures rarely rise above 30° C.
Schönbrunn Palace and its park were added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1996, followed by the historic city center in 2001.
Imperial Romance and World-Class Art
Vienna owes its universal appeal to the way it excitingly combines imperial nostalgia with a highly creative cultural scene, responsibly cultivating a precious heritage and charming traditions whilst taking on board the latest trends. Architecture dating from imperial times has left an indelible mark on the city. Magnificent edifices, predominantly in baroque, historicism ("Ringstrasse") and art nouveau styles, and the city's grand scale cause you to forget that this is the capital of the small Republic of Austria with around 8.8 million inhabitants.
Yet it is not only the city's imperial architecture that renders it a city of beauty. Vienna also boasts world-renowned museums, art collections and works of art. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Fine Arts) houses the world's largest collection of paintings by Bruegel, as well as the Kunstkammer, a unique collection of artifacts and oddities. Meanwhile numerous works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are exhibited at the Belvedere and the Leopold Museum in the MuseumsQuartier.
Lifestyle: Imperial Nostalgia & Contemporary Trends
The juxtaposition of what is traditional – coffeehouses and wine taverns with typical Viennese congeniality – and what is modern – events such as the Life Ball and the Festival of Electronic Music – conveys a lifestyle that appeals to the modern tourist. A choice between relaxation and serenity, or action and stimulation that can be made depending on your mood.
Service: from Vienna City Cards to Tourist Info
The Vienna Tourist Board offers a wide range of services for visitors to the capital. City maps and brochures are available free of charge by calling +43-1-24 555 or sending an email to email@example.com. The website www.vienna.info/en features an extensive database of useful tips for visitors in 13 languages.
The Vienna City Card (VCC) is the perfect companion for getting around the city. Valid for various durations, it offers unlimited travel on the Wiener Linien public transportation network (24, 48 or 72 hours for €17, €25 or €29). The VCC also offers numerous ways to see the city's sights and make the most of all the card's discounts and special conditions.
Optional add-ons make the VCC even more versatile. Vienna City Card TRANSFER (+ €17) holders can choose which of the options they want to use to travel from Vienna International Airport into the city and back: City Airport Train (CAT), ÖBB Railjet, S7 Schnellbahn rail service or Vienna Airport Lines bus. The airport transfer is redeemable for two separate journeys in a 7-day period and includes use of the City Check-In at Wien Mitte station.
The Vienna City Card is available from hotels, Tourist Info Vienna on Albertinaplatz (open daily 9am-7pm), Tourist Info at Hauptbahnhof (7am-7pm daily), Tourist Info at Vienna International Airport (7am-10pm), Wiener Linien Info and Ticket Offices (e.g. Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, Westbahnhof, Landstrasse/Wien Mitte), and online (www.viennacitycard.at).
Last updated: May 2019
Vienna demonstrates its strengths as a major, high-profile international city in many different ways: its magnetic attraction as a cultural hub and center of expertise, its globally integrated economy, its role in the heart of Europe and as a city of international dialog, and the sheer diversity of its population.
The city's international appeal stems from its cosmopolitan outlook – which in turn is a byproduct of its multicultural make up. A walk through one of the capital's markets such as Naschmarkt soon reveals this diversity, as does traditional Viennese cuisine which is awash with delicious dishes shaped by all of the countries of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Vienna is among Europe's fastest-growing cities, and with more than 1.9 million inhabitants it is the second-biggest city in the German-speaking world (after Berlin).
With 20 universities, Vienna is home to over 195,000 students – the largest number of any university town in the German-speaking world. Around 26 percent of all students at Austrians universities come from abroad. Around 44,000 people currently work in research and development in the city. The proportion of research spending to GDP amounts to 3.68% (Eurostat 2011). The city actively invests in research and technology projects and is a driving force behind numerous areas such as the life sciences, IT and communications, mobility, the environment and the creative industries.
Last updated: October 2019
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