The city's charm must be irresistible, as it has been chosen five times in a row the world's most livable city in an international survey. What is it about this place then?
Vienna, located at the Danube riverbanks is an old, dignified city that resists wanton urbanization and life in a hurry. It is a modern metropolis where memorabilia of the imperial splendor stand
next to commercial quarters, cultural institutions and examples of unconventional architecture. According to one of the theories the city's name is believed to be derived from the Celtic word windo-, which means bright or fair.
Many parts of the city are occupied by parks, green areas and forests, such as the Vienna Forest
that offers dozens of hiking trails and beautiful cycling routes. Viennese Prater park is just one of the places where the entertainment was designed to attract entire families.
However, above all, Vienna is a city that breathes culture and art. It had been a home for many classical composers, such as Mozart, van Beethoven and Haydn. Cruising around the city, every music lover should see places where they lived and created. Gustav Klimt walked the streets of Vienna when he studied at School of Arts and Crafts.
In the carnival season, Vienna State Opera hosts the annual Vienna Opera Ball, an event that gathers creme de la creme of the Austrian society. But not only them - this elite event attracts eager to show off celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.
While in Vienna, find a moment to sit in one of the garden cafés to taste the classic treat: coffee and a piece of Viennese cake. It is a must as Vienna is famous for its confectionery traditions! Food lovers should also try typical Viennese dishes like strudels, schnitzels and knödels that come in various sorts.
Author: Ola Szweda / pr-controlled.com ©
Photos: Maria Habura, illustration: Woodcut of Vienna from the Nuremberg Chronicle