As the capital of the Republic of Austria and the world’s capital of music, Vienna has long enjoyed its reputation for culture and sophistication. In recent years, the city has added new accolades to its laurels as well. For its excellent infrastructure, low crime rate and public health system, Vienna is considered one of the best places to live in the world. That’s good news for travelers too, particularly for those who want to explore a city rich in art and architecture while enjoying all the conveniences of modern life.
Austria’s largest city boasts more than 150 palaces and 27 castles. Most of the main architectural sights are contained within the Ringstrasse, a circular road that marks where walls once enclosed the ancient city. The city’s architecture ranges from Gothic cathedrals to Art Nouveau exhibition centers, from Baroque palaces to modern art museums. Standouts include the 1400-room Schönbrunn Palace, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Belvedere Palace, which features works by the city’s most famous painter, Gustav Klimt.
The city’s musical culture is just as varied. Visitors can watch the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic perform at the awe-inspiring State Opera House or explore the new Vienna sound being pioneered by local DJs in the city’s hottest night clubs. From sausage and schnitzel to chocolate and cakes, culinary pleasures in Vienna are plentiful too.
Coffee houses are abundant in Vienna as well. Some have been in operation for hundreds of years. They not only offer some of the best coffee concoctions in the world but also provide places in which to pause, relax and take in the many sights of this scenic city on the Danube River.