Vienna
Vienna

"Vienna wasn't just a city, it was a tone that either one carries forever in one's soul or one does not. It was the most beautiful thing in my life. I was poor, but I was not alone, because I had a friend. And Vienna was like another friend."  Sándor Márai

Attracting about five million tourists a year, Vienna -Austria’s political, economic, and ...

"Vienna wasn't just a city, it was a tone that either one carries forever in one's soul or one does not. It was the most beautiful thing in my life. I was poor, but I was not alone, because I had a friend. And Vienna was like another friend."  Sándor Márai

Attracting about five million tourists a year, Vienna -Austria’s political, economic, and cultural hub- has long been a major musical, theatrical and artistic influence on the rest of the world. Musical prodigies including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg have all worked there, hence its reputation as ‘The City of Music’. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse, lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

In 2007 and 2008, the city was ranked 1st globally for its culture of innovation and fifth globally (out of 256 cities) in the 2011 Innovation Cities Index, which looked at 162 indicators covering three areas: culture, infrastructure and markets. Probably more so than in any other city, you can spend many a restful afternoon just wandering around the city, as Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and is often used as a case study by urban planners.

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