Extending along the banks of the Danube River, Austria’s capital served for a long time as the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, and of the Habsburg-Hungarian Monarchy. Rich in historic monuments, Vienna is often also referred to as “The City of Music” – a title bestowed on it because of the numerous famous composers it had given a home to over the years, and because of the first-rate musical events and festivals it stages.
The historic centre of the city – which has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List - is bounded by the “Ring” Boulevard, which follows course of the original city-walls.
This area contains the public buildings dating from the Habsburg Monarchy, elegant private palaces, mansions, parks, and, what can be considered to be the city’s symbol – the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) with its 87 meters high steeple.
Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
Just outside the “Ring”, one can find the “Museums Quartier” – an agglomeration of museums constituting one of the world’s ten largest urban cultural complexes.
One of Vienna’s major tourist attractions (of those located outside the city-centre), is Schönbrunn Palace; a wonderful baroque complex of buildings, it used to serve as the regular summer residence of the Habsburg rulers.
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