Vienna has existed on the banks of the Danube since 500 BC, much later becoming the center of the Hapsburg Dynasty and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, as the capital of modern Austria, it hosts almost 2 million people and is the largest German speaking city outside of Berlin.
If Paris is the City of Light, Vienna is indisputably the City of Music, home to Mozart, Hayden, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler and many other classical composers. The city today is the home of concert halls and opera houses, as well as many annual balls.
Can’t miss places in Vienna include the Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Spanish Riding School. The next time you chat with friends, remind them that croissants and PEZ were both invented in Vienna.