Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music center, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th center. We were amazed by the beautiful Baroque architecture.
Much of Vienna is cozy and low-key
Cafe culture is so central to Vienna that it is listed as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by a UNESCO sub-agency. In Vienna’s coffee houses, the declaration says, “time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.” Austrians will spend entire afternoons, eating, and reading newspapers. Café Central is incredibly elegant and a perfect example of the high quality that we ex[erienced during all our stay in Vienna. With a fair price, is definitely the place in Europe to indulge yourself in a world of delicacies. A must is also the traditional Sacher Torte, we went to the Sacher Hotel, to have the original one and we did not get disappointed. It was classy and delicious. Not to mention Demel a famous pastry shop.
Move beyond schnitzel-a veal cutlet flattened with a mallet, then fried in fine breadcrumbs – is the Viennese dish and if you must have it, then head to Figlmueller, the king of schnitzel restaurants. We went there for lunch, although there are 2 restaurants the queues were quite long, however, worth waiting.
Vienna’s population of 1.7 million is 500,000 less than in 1918 when it was the fifth largest city in the world.
Three key periods of European cultural and political development – the Middle Ages, the Baroque period, and the Gründerzeit – are exceptionally well illustrated by the urban and architectural heritage of the Historic Centre of Vienna.
Since the 16th century, Vienna has been universally acknowledged to be the musical capital of Europe
Above is ‘The Burgtheater’ Vienna’s National Theatre, where we watched a beautiful Ballet.
Votivkirche Church is a beautiful example of a Neo-Gothic style, but this original theme was lost when the windows were destroyed during World War II. The replacement windows were restored by the City of Vienna in 1964, It`s truly a masterpiece of architecture.
Vienna at night
We have spent Christmas holiday over Vienna and the Christmas Market are absolutely incredible. The decoration, the environment, the food, the whole experience is really a Christmas gift!! A real treat for family and friends.
The local wine is really local and stays local