“Vienna waits for you,” sang the American musician Billy Joel. Vienna awaits you too: The charming city, situated on the banks of the Blue Danube, is one of the oldest capitals in Europe and has always fascinated visitors from all over the world. This is inevitably due to the cityscape, which is characterized on the one hand by the splendor and glory of the imperial era and on the other hand by the avant-garde currents of modern times.
Opera, music, theater, ballet and dance are cultural offerings that are not lacking in this city and are recognized and appreciated worldwide for their cultural and artistic heritage. Vienna was the place of work of great composers such as Mozart, Hayden, Liszt and Strauss. The influence of music is still noticeable in Vienna today: in the Austrian capital, more than 150 gala dances are celebrated each year, a tradition that dates back to the time of the Habsburgs.
There are a number of sights in the Old Town of Vienna. The Kunsthistorisches Museum takes its visitors on an impressive journey through the world of art with works by Vermeer, Brueghel, Velásquez and Raphael, as well as an extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts. In the Belvedere the works of art of the main protagonist of the Vienna Secession, Gustav Klimt, can be admired. The Albertina is another gallery that deserves a visit with its beautiful collection and large temporary exhibitions. From here it is only a stone’s throw to the Vienna Hofburg. Here you get an insight into the private apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Sissi. Not far from here is the hall where the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs as well as the Spanish Riding School, whose performances not only enchant horses. The Schönbrunn Palace and the Gloriette, which belong to the palace complex, are considered emblematic for the Viennese cityscape. While St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the pride of local Gothic architecture.