One of the great capitals of Europe, Vienna was for centuries the main stomping grounds for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The empire is long gone, but many reminders of the city's imperial heyday remain, carefully preserved by the tradition-loving Viennese. When it comes to the arts, the glories of the past are particularly evergreen, thanks to the cultural legacy created by the many artistic geniuses—including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, and Gustav Klimt—nourished here. Today's visitors will find a city filled with a special grace. It is this grace that gives Vienna the cohesive architectural character that sets the city so memorably apart from its great rivals—London, Paris, and Rome.
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Built in the 1600s, the Hofburg houses several museums plus a library with antique globes and 200,000 books dating from 1500.
The former Hapsburg stables are now a cultural mecca, home to museums and contemporary exhibitions spaces, plus bars, cafés and lecture halls.
Linger over beer and sausage in a pub. Or enjoy coffee and sinfully rich Sachertorte at Café Sacher Vienna, where it was first created.
This mile-long, open-air market brims with produce, baked goods, flowers, spices, antiques and flea-market finds.
At what was once the royal hunting ground, now an amusement park, you’ll find the Ferris wheel featured in the Joseph Cotten-Orson Welles film The Third Man.
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