Monday, July 11, 2011

Next stop Vienna - here are some fun facts about Austria's capital city


  • Vienna is situated on the Danube River and is the largest city and the capital of Austria. Not only that, Vienna is also the Federal province of Austria.
  • It has the 3rd highest quality of living in European Union. People from Vienna are called Viennese.
  • The major religion of the people is Christianity. The major language spoken in Vienna is German. Surprisingly the voting age in Austria is only 16 years old.
  • Vienna is the only Austrian city-state in Austria, which is a federal republic.
  • Vienna is divided into 23 districts. The city center in Vienna is a World Heritage Site.
  • Vienna is known worldwide as the city of music and is home to great music hall with excellent acoustics.
  • Vienna is the last great capital of the Nineteenth Century Ball.
  • The Museumsquartier, which is one of the largest cultural complexes in the world, is present In Vienna.
  • World famous classical composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, and Brahms, have all lived and performed in Vienna.
  • Vienna is home to the setting of Graham Greene's novel ‘The Third Man’ that is an actual city casting melancholy and telling the story of the Cold War.
  • Vienna is considered as a city of cultural heritage. It has been home to various great artists Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler
  • Tiergarten Schönbrunn, which is world’s oldest zoological garden,  was founded in 1752,
  • The largest emerald of the world, which is of a whopping 2860 caret, is displayed in the Imperial Treasury in Vienna.
  • The highest waterfall in Europe is in Kriml Falls, which is close by Vienna. The water falls 1,250 feet.
  • One of its only kind and one of the oldest Giant Wheel is there in Vienna, which is probably its one of the most familiar attractions. It is situated in a large wooded amusement park called as Prater. It has 15 Gondolas, which offers a scenic view of Vienna.
  • Europe’s second largest cemetery is situated in Vienna, which is called as Zentralfriedhof, it has a total size of 2.5 square kilometers/one square miles.
  • Zentralfriedhof also has over 2.5 million tombs, which is almost double than the city’s live population. It also has tombs of some of the most famous personalities of the world such as Beethoven, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, Schoenberg, and Strauss.

1 comment:

Joe Luft said...

This is an informative posting, but it is VERY poorly written by someone who does not have a reasonable command of the English language.

I would be happy to make corrections, if I knew to where they may be submitted.