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Wien

From imperial tradition to modernity: a stroll through Vienna

Vienna, with its long imperial history – reflected in magnificent buildings such as the Schönbrunn Palace – is one of the great capitals of Europe. Learn more about legendary rulers such as Maria Theresa and the Empress Sissi by walking in their footsteps. Landmarks such as the Spanish Riding School and St. Stephen's Cathedral – with its distinctive patterned tile roof – are attractions that feature in every Vienna city guide. But Vienna is also a modern city: mostly recently, the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser stirred up the city with the construction of one of the most extraordinary buildings in Austria.

Music is, of course, another word synonymous with Vienna in the guide books. Great composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Franz Lehar all lived and worked here. Many great writers also made their name in Vienna, including Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Ernst Jandl, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and the 2004 Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek. You can take in Jelinek’s dramas in one of the many theatres in central Vienna. The legendary Burgtheater offers drama of the highest quality. Lovers of art and culture should also pay a visit to the State Opera, which is among the most important institutions of its kind in Europe.

No visit to Vienna would be complete without a pit-stop at the Hotel Sacher to try one of the famous chocolate-covered, apricot jam-filled Sacher Tortes. As well as Sacher Torte and other sweet dishes such as ‘Palatschinken’ and ‘Kaiserschmarn’ pancakes, classic Viennese cuisine includes hearty specialities such as veal cutlets, dumplings and roast pork. Many Viennese restaurants accompany these dishes with fine wines from nearby Burgenland.