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Vienna Introduction


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Vienna today is robed in 18th-century charm and 19th-century grandeur. Its old-world ambience comes not only from its rich cultural traditions, but also from the history of its architecture. The Viennese invented the cafe society, and they continue to perfect the art of sophisticated relaxation.  Click here to see the full Vienna travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vienna Geography


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Vienna lies in the northeastern corner of Austria, at the crossroads of eastern and western Europe. Nestled in the foothills of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods), Vienna's city center is generally flat, although the terrain slopes higher as you get closer to the woods. The Danube (Donau) River of waltz fame flows through the city to the east, and the Danube Canal (Donaukanal), a tributary often mistaken for the Danube proper, runs closer to the city center.   Click here to see the full Vienna travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vienna History


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Vienna officially became a city in 1137, but its true historical significance dates from 1278, when the Bohemian King Ottakar was defeated by Rudolf von Habsburg, who made Vienna his capital. The resulting Habsburg dynasty endured until just after World War I.   Click here to see the full Vienna travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vienna Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Most of the sights you'll want to take in are located in the city center, encircled by the Ring. For a panoramic view, climb the 448-ft/137-m south tower of the Stephansdom. A few blocks away is the Albertina museum, which houses works by Albrecht Durer and Claude Monet, among others. At another corner of the Old City is the Hofburg Palace, a massive complex that contains the Burgkapelle (the chapel where the Vienna Boys Choir sings), the Stallburg (where the famous Lipizzaner horses are stabled), the Imperial Treasuries (containing the Hapsburg crown jewels), the elaborate Austrian National Library and the Sisi Museum, devoted to the tragic life of the penultimate emperor's famous wife.   Click here to see the full Vienna travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vienna Nightlife


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The Bermuda Triangle in the 1st district is the main area for nightlife in Vienna. It is located near Hoher Markt, in the general area between Marc-Aurel Strasse and Rotenturm Strasse. Music and drinking establishments proliferate there. Other popular areas for nighttime revelry are around Naschmarkt, the Freihaus district and the Spittelberg area. Clubs close anytime between midnight and 5 am. For party events, visit http://www.oe4.com.  Click here to see the full Vienna travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vienna Restaurants & Dining


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Because Vienna was the imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire—whose reach spread across central, eastern and southern Europe—you can expect "Austrian cuisine" to encompass a broad spectrum of dishes. In addition to Wiener schnitzel, roasted meats, dumplings, and superb pastries and cakes, you'll find Hungarian goulash, Turkish kebabs, Italian ice cream and much more. Additionally, Vienna offers many other international dining options, including Asian, French and Italian.  Click here to see the full Vienna travel guide on Travel42 »

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