About city: Vienna

For several centuries Vienna has been one of the most splendid European cities. It was the capital of the powerful Austria-Hungary of the Habsburg located in the middle of European continent. Considering that this empire played one of the most important roles in shaping of European politics, this couldn’t but influence the architecture and atmosphere of its capital.

For example, monumental Hofburg was to suggest the power of the Habsburg dynasty, and every visitor had to feel it. There are many magnificent cathedrals and churches in the city built in different periods and in various styles. The landmark of Vienna, St. Stephan's Cathedral, is a bright example of Gothic temple, however, it is more beautiful and airy, compared to cathedrals of the same period in some other cities. Karlskirche is an example of baroque temple, and Rupretkirche (the oldest church in Vienna) is an example of Roman style. Graben Street connects St. Stephan's Cathedral and Hofburg. It is a shopping center of Vienna with boutiques of all famous brands. There are also some cafés.

Ringstrasee may give you certain idea of the imperial style of Vienna. It is the most beautiful street in the city. It is faced by the well-known museums of Vienna, Old Town Hall, various churches and simply beautiful buildings. There are also two famous theatre on Ringstrasee: (Imperial) Court Theatre (Burgtheater) and Opera Theatre (Stadtsoper).

In order to get some notion of the glory and splendour of the Habsburg dynasty you should go to the imperial vault, which is located in a small church, Kapuzinerkirche, on the New Square. There you can see the tombs of all emperors and their relatives, totally 149 tombs.

The famous Meseum Quarter is near Hofburg, across Ringstrasee. The two oldest mu-seums in Vienna, the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History are facing Maria-Theresia Platz. A big statue of this great empress is in the center of the square. Nearby there located Leopold Museum and Mumok or Museum of Modern Art, both dedi-cated to modern art, as well as Vienna Kunsthalle (art galleries of Vienna).

Also you may visit Shenbrun Palace. There you can get acquainted with tastes and life-style of Austrian monarchs. Now the castle is within the city, so you can easily get there. The palace is surrounded by a huge park. Nearby there located less famous Belvedere Pa-lace (or rather two palaces – Upper and Lower Belvedere). The upper palace houses most interesting painting collection of XIX-XX centuries.

Vienna is inseparably linked with classic music. For many years there lived dozens of famous composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Straus, Haydn, Brahms, etc. And you could have quite a different perception of Viennese waltz when strolling in one of the parks of Vienna or along the embankment of the Danube. It seems that when in Vienna you can not dislike classic music.

Vienna has many beautiful parks. The most famous park, called Prater, is on the bank of the Danube. It is a favourite walking place of the Viennese, though all public parks are somewhat similar to one another.

Not far from Vienna (an hour trip) there located a most interesting Benedectine monastery, Melk Abbey. You may go there on a one-day excursion. It is one of the most ancient monasteries in Austria. It was burnt many times, and it attained its today look only in XVIII century.

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