What is Vienna known for? To get a feel for Austria’s capital explore where it stands out from the rest of the world. You can use the things I am listing below to build your own profile of the city, and as key markers for your trip planning.
City Of Music
What is Vienna Known For? Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vienna waltz king Johann Strauss (photo) and a wealth of other Austrian and international composers rose to musical fame in Wien. Each day, a few dozen Vienna concerts take place. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducts the annual Vienna New Year’s Concert, which is broadcast to millions of households around the world. The Vienna Opera house on Ringstrasse ranks among the best opera houses in the world. Many members of the Vienna Philharmonics play there.
What is Vienna Known For? My home city is packed with beautiful palaces and monuments from Habsburg Emperors and other nobility. The Habsburgs put their stamp on Vienna, just look at Ringstrasse boulevard, which is Emperor Francis Joseph’s grand project. The Habsburgs lived and ruled in the Imperial Palace Vienna (Hofburg) in the winter, and in Schonbrunn Palace in the summer. The nobility and and military shooting stars lived in sumptuous palaces such as the Belvedere Vienna. If you want to live like an Emperor while visiting Vienna, you can stay at Austria’s best hotel Imperial Vienna in a magnificent palace on Ringstrasse.
Apart from Emperor Francis Joseph Vienna is also famous for Empress Maria Theresia and Empress Sissi. While the first shaped politics and lifestyle in the Habsburg Empire, the ravishingly beautiful and unhappy Empress Sissi shaped a myth.
That Imperial heritage also cultivated glamorous festivities which live on in our Vienna Balls. Each year, we stage about 400 of them. The Vienna Opera Ball ranks top with the media and socialites. Even older cultural institutions re the amazingly popular Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys Choir. They exist since 500 years old institutions and are closely connected to the Habsburgs.
Quality Of Life
What is Vienna Known For? Vienna has been ranked the best place to live in for the last six years in a row (Mercer Consulting’s Quality of Life surveys; see also Monocle Magazine’s regular annual Quality of Living survey). The main reasons for this are a low crime rate, low pollution and excellent public transport. The local municipality spends almost one fifth of its budget on social welfare and subsidized housing. Health and wellbeing are actively promoted, through well-run hospitals, urban planning, public transport and city bikes, parks and gardens. Besides, Vienna stages a dozen music and film festivals a year, alongside more than 400 lavish balls.
Viennese Food And Drink
What is Vienna Known For? Viennese cuisine has a standalone reputation among Austrian cuisine. There are a few signature dishes you wouldn’t want to miss. On top of the food list are Wiener Schnitzel and Sacher Torte. Our Schnitzel is typically from veal but can also be made from pork. The Sacher cake is made from chocolate, with a fine layer of apricot jam. Both are widely available in Vienna. Our list of famous savoury dishes goes on with Gulash and Tafelspitz. I’m personally a huge fan of Knoedel, dumplings in all shapes and tastes. The list of other famous Viennese cakes is even longer. If you like layered chocolate and marzipane, go for Imperial Torte or a tiny Imperial Cube (photo). I’m listing all these dishes along with recipes in Austrian Food.
Finally Viennese coffee has been shaping life here for centuries. In Vienna coffeehouses you will find up to 40 different coffee specialities! You can download this poster of Cafe Landtmann coffee specialities for free.
What Is Vienna Known For? The Second Row
There are so many amazing things in Vienna. Here is the ‘second row’ of highlights that I think deserve a closer look, among many others.
- Museumsquartier: This museum complex is one of the ten largest in Europe, and houses the world’s largest collection of Egon Schiele works.
- Top Churches: Vienna is packed with churches but the most outstanding are Church St. Charles Borrmeo, University Church and the Otto Wagner Church.
- Zentralfriedhof: Vienna’s Central Cemetery is probably the finest outdoor museum in Europe.
- Danube National Park: The area of the Danube flood plains in Lobau is packed with wildlife.
- Manner Schnitten: Our beloved wafers with hazelnut cream, invented in 1890 by Josef Manner. Its logo incorporates Vienna’s landmark St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Manner even sponsors a cathedral mason who works in the dome in fully Manner-branded uniform! You will find a huge outlet right next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom).
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