Vienna, is the national capital, the largest city and one of the nine states of Austria.
It is the most populous city in Austria with about 1.9 million people.
2.6 million people live within its metropolitan area, nearly one third of the country’s population.
It is Austria’s cultural, economic and political center.
It is the sixth largest city by population within city limits in the European Union.
In 2001, the city center was designated as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. In 2017, it was moved to the list of World Heritage in Danger.
Vienna is famous for having played a pivotal role as leading European music center.
The historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque palaces and gardens.
Vienna is popular for its high quality of life having being first alongside Vancouver, and San Fransisco.
Between 2011 and 2015, it was ranked second behind Melbourne.
In 2018 and 2019, it became the first again.
Monocle’s 2015 “Quality of Life Survey” ranked Vienna second on a list of the top 25 cities in the world “to make a base within.”
The UN-Habitat classified Vienna as the most prosperous city in the world in 2012/2013
Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and serves as a case study by urban planners.
Between 2005 and 2010, Vienna was the world’s number-one destination for international congresses and conventions.
The city attracts over 6.8 million tourists a year.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN VIENNA.
- Don’t forget to tip waiters. Instead, always leave them with at least 10% of the total bill.
- Don’t ignore the highway code even when the roads are clear. Instead, always wait for the green traffic light before crossing.
- Do not expect stores to be open on Sundays. Instead, make enough shopping before Sunday that will sustain you till Monday.
- Don’t expect everyone to speak English. Instead, try to learn some few German Phrases that will be helpful for communication.
- Don’t expect waiters to bring your bill after eating. Instead, ask for it after eating, and they will present it to you.
- Avoid making noise after 10pm. Instead, maintain the peace in your surrounding by keeping quiet.
- Don’t get on a public transport immediately it stops. Instead, wait for people to alight first before trying to board.
8 MOST INTERESTING THINGS FACTS ABOUT VIENNA
- Since 1873, almost all parts of Vienna have the purest water of mountain sources in its water supply system. Vienna can be proud of its tap water.
- The city gets 400,000 m3 of fresh spring water daily from two mountain spring pipelines.
- In Viennese bars and cafés, there are special devices for sobering the drunken visitors.
- Vienna has the oldest Ferris wheel in the world,Wiener Riesenrad.
- Vienna has the largest cemetery in Europe – Zentralfriedhof. There are about 3 million graves there.
- “Vienna Ice Dream” is a beautiful skating rink that annually opens in Vienna’s Town Hall after Christmas.
- There are only 60 km from the city to Bratislava, which is the shortest distance between European capitals, except Rome and the Vatican.
- The Museum Quarter is the largest museum complex in Europe. It covers an area of 60 thousand square meters.