Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria's capital, lies in the country's east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including composers, painters, scientists and philosophers. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs' summer residence (pictured above.)

The most prestigious shopping zone in downtown Vienna stretches from Hofburg Palace and Kohlmarkt via Graben to Kärntner Strasse (the Golden U).

The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.

The Rathaus is Vienna's imposing city hall. On this day, it was hosting a children's sports festival and track meet.

The Haas House, in whose facade is seen the mirror image of St. Stephen's Cathedral, is in stark contrast to the historic buildings in the center of the old city.

In the Museums Quartier District, historic and comtempory buildings house 60 cultural establishments including the city's best museums.

Located at the border of the old city in the former imperial stables, MQ is a hub for a colorful and varied artistic scene.

The Albertina Museum has a significant collection of masterpieces by Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Duerer, Rembrandt, etc. in rotating temporary displays, and a permanent display of the most important works by artists from the age of modernism.

The most important religious building in Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral has  witnessed many important events in Habsburg and Austrian history and has, with its multi-coloured tile roof, become one of the city's most iconic symbols.

The Museum of Modern Art (Mumok)  displays pop art & photorealism exhibits, plus multimedia works in a stunning architectural setting.

Striking street murals make political and social statements.


Storefronts were attractive and discrete.

 In  the Votive Kirche, one stained   glass window was devoted to scientific accomplishments.

Signposts, kiosks and garbage bins  displayed museum ads.


Pedestrian crossing signs were delightful.


Maria-Theresien Platz is a central square featuring a monument to Empress Maria Theresa, with the Fine Arts Museum on one side and the Natural History Museum on the other.

The Fine Arts Museum (Kunsthistorisches) is a 19th century mansion with lavish interiors housing Habsburgs' art collection and antiquities.

A rich equestrian tradition is found in the horse-drawn carriages (fiakers) and the Royal Lipizzaner stallion performances.

The public gardens and Gloriette are included in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Schönbrunn Palace.

This popular local cafe celebrated one of Vienna's famous residents. Others include Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Wittgenstein, Goethe, Freud and Swarzenegger.

While we were there, a spirited political campaign was taking place with clearly delineated left and right wing parties.

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