About Vienna
Vienna is the city of Freud and the Habsburg, a city of waltz, wine,music, pastries, and theatre; it combines rich history and cultural life…

…always worth a visit!

What’s going on?
For information about what’s going on in Vienna see www.wien.info/en

Culture
Vienna has a multi-faceted cultural life. It offers a choice of 70 theatres, four opera houses, two stages for musicals, 100 museums and numerous theatre, music and dance festivals. As if this weren't enough, there's also the Museumsquartier with its Baroque façade and which is home to one of the biggest cultural districts in Europe.
With its worldwide reputation as a city of music, Vienna's first-class orchestras and ensembles give the city its seal of excellence. Alongside contemporary music, classical music continues to play a vital role, as is made evident by the Vienna Philharmonic, the City of Vienna Concert Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and many others. The Vienna Academy, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Women's Chamber Orchestra are dedicated to traditional and modern music alike. The regular appearance of international artists and ensembles on Vienna stages compliment the city's cultural life.

History
The Romans established the garrison camp Vindobona in the 1st century AD. Remainders of the Roman camp can be seen at Hoher Markt and at the underground station Stephansplatz. Vienna began its rise in importance in the Middle Ages when it was made the residence of the Babenbergs and the city walls were raised in 1200. Vienna would become the capital of the Habsburg Empire and remain so for almost seven centuries. Today its imperial past is still visible in monumental structures such as the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the Schönbrunn Palace, the buildings along Ringstraße, and many other sites throughout the city. The fall of the monarchy proved a turning point in Vienna's history. In 1922, the city was made a province in its own right. In 1938 Austria was "annexed" to Hitler Germany and ceased to exist as a state. Most of Vienna's Jewish population was driven away or exterminated. After the end of the Second World War and many years of Allied occupation, Austria regained its independence with the state treaty signed in 1955. Unperturbed by the nearby existing Iron Curtain, Vienna continued to build on its international role during the Cold War years. It became a UN seat and was chosen as headquarters for the OSCE.

(Extracts from: www.wien.gv.at/english)
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