VIENNA

Vienna is big city with many touristic attractions. Vienna is Austria's capital and the largest city of Austria. Vienna is the main city in Austria, with a population of about 1.7 million, more than 25% of the Austrian population, and it is by far the largest city in Austria.

It is the 10th city in number of inhabitants in the European Union. Vienna hosts many major international organizations such as United Nations and OPEC.

Vienna is located in the east of Austria and it is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Alongside Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants and it is called Twin City region. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. About Vienna it is said to be "The City of Dreams" for its beauty and its sights.

Vienna has its roots in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed Vienna into a medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, baroque castles, gardens and monuments and parks.

In a 2005 study done on world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Vienna in the first place (tied with Vancouver, Canada), for quality of life. This assessment was mirrored by the Mercer Study in 2009 and 2010. The city was no. 1 globally for culture and innovation in 2007 and 2008. Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and it is often used as a study case by planners.

Every year from 2005 to present, Vienna has been number one in the world as a destination for international congresses and conventions, thereby attracting about five million tourists per year which is a record about three tourists per capita.

St. Stephen (Stephansdom) survived several wars and became the symbol of freedom in Vienna. The gothic styled building was built in 1147 but its roof with diamond-shaped tiles has been added in 1952. St. Stephen was the subject of many books, photos and studies.

Schonbrunn Palace was meant to be the Versailles of Austrian Empire but in 1695, when Fischer von Erlach designed the palace, the construction costs were too high. Thus, the palace was originally designed more as a summer residence of the Habsburgs, but starting with Maria Theresa (1717-1780) the golden age of the Habsburgs began.

Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna is the oldest zoo in the world and in 2010 it was nominated as the best zoo in Europe. Panda cubs, elephant cubs, and many other rare animals are annual attractions for more than two million visitors.

The City Hall - Friedrich von Schmidt, who designed the Cologne Cathedral, designed and built the Vienna City Hall (Rathaus), the most important secular building in neo-Gothic style in the city. The tower's height is 97.9 meters, plus the so-called "Iron Rathausmann", which measures 3.4 meters.

Prater Ferris Wheel
You may want to visit this tourist brand of Vienna, on the footsteps of the immortal movie "The Third Man" or simply enjoy the city view from a distance of 60 meters. One thing is certain: only when you took a walk with Riesenrad will, you'll feel like you are really in Vienna! The wheel is open all year and it is one of the biggest attractions of the metropolis on the Danube. The Turn Square was redesigned in 2008. Now, this entry in Prater amusement park is a nostalgic element that recalls 1900s Prater.
The traditional inn "Eisvogel" has returned to the Prater to provide traditional Viennese dishes. After its inaugural opening in 1805, the inn and its tasteful and sophisticated offer gradually grew to become a true Viennese institution.

Madame Tussauds
Vienna was enriched with a new attraction: the Cabinet of wax figures famous in the world, Madame Tussauds, is the new attraction of the Vienna Prater. At Madame Tussauds, Riesenradplatz Square from the Viennese Prater, 65 wax figures can be admired.
Natural History Museum - History of the Earth and the breathtaking variety of nature can be known through the 20 million objects. From insects to gemstones, minerals and pterodactyls, the Habsburgs united everything under the roof of the museum, located near the Imperial Palace.

Belvedere
Here you can admire Gustav Klimt's legendary painting "The Kiss" as well as major works signed by Schiele and Kokoschka. In addition, you will be downright charmed by this baroque palace and its beautiful gardens.

Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736), a successful general and art connoisseur, asked Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to raise his palace to serve as a summer residence. At that time, the palace was situated outside the city gates of Vienna.

Basically, this baroque architectural jewel consists of two palaces (Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere). Here is housed a diverse range of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present.
At the heart of the Upper Belvedere collection are the works of Gustav Klimt, among which you can admire the internationally known masterpieces "The Kiss" and "Judith". Also, there are not missing masterpieces by Schiele and Kokoschka, works of French Impressionism era, or paintings from Biedermeier Viennese era.
Though Mozart lived at 12 different addresses in Vienna, the only apartment that has survived until today is the one on Domgasse Street No. 5. The grand composer lived at this address for three years, between 1784 and 1787.
Located on the first floor, the apartment was spacious, with four large rooms, two smaller ones and a kitchen. His entire life, Mozart gave great importance to the appearance, so stylish clothes and shoes were a necessity for him.
Wolfgang Amadeus probably spent the happiest years of his life here. Of course, no one can know with certainty that, but the composer lived here more than in any other apartment of his. In addition, the period coincided with the period when Mozart became famous, had an illustrious circle of friends and was asked to give countless concerts at the houses of the nobility.
Also, in this apartment Mozart wrote his best compositions, including "The Marriage of Figaro", perhaps the most famous of them.

Sissi Museum
Elizabeth remained for a long time in popular culture as the beautiful and acclaimed Empress. Within the Sisi Museum in the Hofburg Imperial Apartments you compare the reality with the myth. Among the attractions, there are personal belongings of Elizabeth and famous portraits of the beautiful empress.

The Butterfly House in Burggarten is considered one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau structures of its kind in the world. Since 1998, the building, which has over 280 square meters in area, presides over the Imperial Palace Garden. It houses hundreds of tropical butterflies, flying free in a re-creation of their natural environment. The temperature is 27 degrees Celsius, and humidity - 80%.

A waterfall, a small pond and several bridges create a picturesque backdrop in front of which unfolds the beauty of butterflies, offering an opportunity for great photos. Illustrated diagrams provide information about these wonderful insects and about the life cycle of a butterfly. In so-called "pupa box" can be seen as the larvae turn into butterflies. You can also meet colourful Atlas butterfly, with its fantastic model and a wingspan of up to 30 centimetres.
While visiting the sweet world of chocolate, visitors will learn interesting facts about the manufacture of chocolate specialties and can take a look at the production line. They can also learn more about chocolate - from the cocoa cultivation, processing production of refined pralines, like candy Sissi Taler and Mozart.
With a chocolate cinema, three chocolate fountains, the possibility to see how the chocolate factory is designed and numerous tasting sessions, this museum captures the hearts of everyone.