The Austrian capital of Vienna is built on the banks of the River Danube. One of the most impressive palaces in the city is the Schloss Schonbrunn. The gardens of the palace include a maze and a zoo. Christmas markets are held in many locations including the Rathaus and Spittelberg. Mozart’s House and the Vienna Museum are popular attractions in the city. Flights are available with Austrian Airlines. www.wien.info.
It is difficult not to be moved to hum a Brahms
lullaby or a Strauss waltz as you explore the sights of Austria's
beautiful Baroque capital, Vienna, which for centuries was the
centre of the splendid Hapsburg Empire. The city remains infused
with the grand imperial spirit in the form of magnificent palaces
and grand mansions peppering the Innerestadt. The city's cultural
heritage is mainly musical, the great classical composers like
Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and Mozart all having
lived and performed here. Today the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
and the State Opera House help keep alive the city's tradition by
offering more classical music performances a year than any other
city in the world.
Spanish Riding School Vienna
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the
oldest and last riding school in the world where classic dressage
is still practised in its purest form.
Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum) Vienna
This museum was built between 1872 and 1891
to house the vast collections then owned by the Hapsburgs who were
enthusiastic patrons and collectors of the arts.
Schönbrunn Palace Vienna
The magnificent Schönbrunn Palace was used as
the summer residence of the Hapsburgs from the 18th century
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