Vienna sightseeing attractions landmark



Vienna is with its 1.7 million inhabitants, the tenth largest city in Europe and the capital of Austria. The smallest state in Austria has an area of 414,65 km². The federal capital Vienna is situated in the province of Lower Austria and has no borders with a neighboring country. World's major organizations have headquarters in Vienna. The most important are the United Nations (UN), OPEC, OSCE and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Near the river Danube, the IAEA and the UN even has its own large building complex UN Until after the First World War (1914-1918), Vienna was for centuries the imperial residence of the Habsburgs. From this period are very much worth seeing. Among the most important sights include the Castle Schoenbrunn and the adjacent Zoo Schönbrunn, Belvedere Palace, St. Stephen cathedral, Ferris Wheel in the Prater (amusement park), Art history Museum and the government district Hofburg. Great Buildings of the recent history of Vienna's Danube Tower, Vienna International Centre, Millennium Tower, Ernst-Happel station, heating plant Spittelau and Hundertwasserhouse – designed by the famous austrian performer Friedensreich Hundertwasser and the Twin-Towers.

As early as the Neolithic Age emerged in the territory of today's Vienna settlements, as it is located at the crossroads of traffic and trade routes. From west to east - the Danube and from north to south, the Amber Road. In the Vienna basin, the Danube was easier to cross, as the Danube in several small arms with many islands in between dividing. The Danube is with 2850 kilometers the second-longest river in Europe. From the Black Forest in Germany the Danube rises and flows east through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia and Romania to the river delta flowing into the Black Sea. The Danube was and is still an important trade route between Western and Eastern Europe. Ca. 8 million tons of goods are transported annually along the Danube. Also up to 70 cruise ships sailing in the high season on the Danube. Along the Danube there are among the many hydroelectric power stations, numerous national parks and nature reserves to protect the fauna and flora. As a striking geographical appearance also run many barriers along the Danube. Currently there are approximately 1070 kilometers. During the period when the Romans ruled central Europe, the Danube frontier and because of the difficult crossing and protection against the barbarians who lived north of the Danube.

Very interesting is the Viennese cuisine from the many immigrants from all parts of the former imperial Monarchy has been influenced and enriched. Particularly interesting is the Vienna coffee house tradition - a popular meeting place for the music and literary artists. In the outer city area of Vienna, there are some vineyards with many wine taverns.

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