Vienna, Austria is world famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, independent wine taverns, as well as the very special Viennese charm and easygoing atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy imperial sites - Schönbrunn Palace, the Belvedere, and the Hofburg or first-rate musical and cultural attractions at its concert halls, museums and theaters - from the Golden Hall of the Musical Society to the renowned Museum of Fine Arts and the State Opera House. Epicurean offerings reflect centuries of traditions that have shaped the coffee houses and rustic “Heuriger” wine taverns. More than half of the city is covered by green spaces which include parks, gardens, the Vienna Woods and the Danube Wetlands National Park.
Strolling through Austria’s largest city takes you back in time to the days of the empire. The historic city centre is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Examples of the city’s rich history await you on virtually every street corner and the cafes are perfect to soak up the atmosphere of imperial days of long ago. Shopping aficionados may be interested in one of the former purveyors to the imperial court.
Vienna is the home of the waltz and operetta and more composers and musicians worked here than any other city - Mozart, Mahler, Haydn, Beethoven and Johann Strauss, the king of the Viennese waltz. Each night, live classical music is played to some 10,000 music fans, which is unheard of in any other city around the world. Yearly, Vienna offers more than 15,000 musical events of varying sizes and genres.The Vienna Boy’s Choir, dating back to the middle ages and the Vienna Philharmonic, regularly considered one of the finest in the world set the international tone. The 19th century State Opera House and Golden Hall of the Musical Society are representative world-leading venues. Musical strengths endure to date – electronic sounds pioneered by local musicians and top DJs enjoy international popularity.
Vienna houses the world’s largest Bruegel collection and The Kiss by the symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt, one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. The cultural capital invites you to explore a rich variety of styles and eras with Baroque opulence co-existing next to cool avant-garde in an appealing environment. Artwork by talented young designers now adorn the ornate staterooms and are equally impressive as the old masters in Vienna’s modern museums.
Vienna developed its own regional cuisine from many different sources and is the only type of cooking in the world that is named after a city. Vienna and wine go hand-in-hand with significant amounts of wine being produced within the city limits. The Viennese coffee houses plays crucial role in shaping the city’s culture, an oasis of “Gemütlichkeit”. The bistro, rustic wine tavern and café are the pillars of Viennese food culture but many chefs have begun to mix traditional Viennese dishes with modern cuisine.
For seven consecutive years the Mercer Study has ranked Vienna as the world's most liveable city from a list of 230 international metropolises. In the “Smart Cities” ranking published by renowned US climate strategist, Vienna ranked in the top five based on innovativeness, environmental-friendliness and sustainability. The ranking corroborates the city’s pioneering role in urban development matters.
One key to this outstanding quality of life is the percentage of green areas in Vienna, more than nearly any other large city. It is a place to relax - in parks in the city centre relaxing, walking or doing sports. The capital has an excellent public transportation system and is one of the safest cities on the globe.
See you in Vienna for ECCMID 2017!