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 Vienna History & Overview

The Celts founded Vienna around 500 BC when they settled there. In 15BC It was renamed Vindobonna when it was taken over by the Romans. In the Middle Ages it became the home of the Hapsburg Dynasty and gradually became a centre for those who appreciated art music science and cuisine. When the Ottomans invaded Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries their advances were halted outside Vienna.

In 1805 Vienna was designated the capital of the Austrian Empire and subsequently the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Shortly afterwards it established itself as a leading influence on European politics and in the early part of the 19th century drew up several treaties to resolve international territorial disputes. After WW1 it became the capital of the Austrian Republic. This status was lost to Berlin when Germany occupied the country from 1938 until 1945.

The arts are part of Vienna’s lifestyle. It has ‘institutions’ acclaimed for their productions of classical plays, opera and classical music. These productions are complimented by a multitude of smaller companies, who offer similar quality programs of contemporary theatre and the performing arts.

Sightseeing and Attractions in Vienna

Vienna is Austria’s primary city with an estimated population of nearly 2,5 million people. The city which was founded by the Celts in 500 AD once belong to the Hapsburg Empire. There are many fine examples of architectural and artistic splendour in Vienna. The Belvedere Palace is a rather majestic and opulent kingdom with the most beautiful of gardens. St Stephens’ cathedral is steeped in religious and cultural history, and even those who are not keen on religion per say, should find St Stephens to be an interesting and enchanting building. Opera has a large role to play in this city with several Opera Houses such as The State Opera House and the more alternative Chamber Opera House. Those fascinated by the history, culture, The arts[ Particularly Opera] are likely to find their trip to Vienna an invigorating and memorable experience.

Belvedere Palace, Vienna Prinz-Eugene-Strasse 27 – The Belvedere Palace is the former residence of the Prince Of Savoy and consists of two separate palaces. One palace houses the museum of Austrian Medieval art and the other is the Museum of  Austrian Baroque Architecture.  The Palace possess beautiful grounds with large, picturesque gardens.
Arguably the most famous work on display here is Klimt’s ”The Kiss”. Many visitors found that the  Gustav Klimt Exhibition was the highlight of their trip.  Some of Monet’s finest art works are showcased here. Some of the Baroque style works are simply splendid and whether it’s architecture or art, culture vultures are likely to love their time at the Belvedere Palace. Open daily  10 am to 6 pm. Combined ticket price is usually 13.50 Euro’s for adults and about 9 Euro’s for children. website http://www.karlskirche.at/
St Stephens Cathedral Vienna Stephansplatz 3 – St Stephens is a Roman Catholic Church which is the home of Archbishop of Vienna. The church was initially consecrated in 1147  and was designed in a Romanesque and Gothic style. Today’s church was largely influenced by Rudolf IV who was a 14th century Austrian Duke.  The cathedral is one of Vienna’s most popular attractions and stands as a nationally recognized symbol of Norway. their  majestic Romanesque Towers stand at  445 feet  tall.  Genius composer Ludwig Van Beethoven discovered the true extent of his deafness after seeing the birds  fly out the Bell Tower, a sign of ringing Bells, but he couldn’t hear them. Open daily 6 am till 10 pm. website  http://www.stephansdom.at/
The Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna Schloss Schonbrunn  Schonbrunner 47 – The Schonbrunn was formerly a royal Rococo summer residence which has over 1,400 rooms. Historians regard Schonbrunn as one of Austria’s most significant cultural landmarks.  Schonbrunn has been one of  Vienna’s most sought after attractions in the past 50 years. The gardens and palaces display the tastes, passions  and dreams of  the Habsburg Monarchs who resided here. Schonbrunn has the prestige of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Schonnbrunn took several years of construction and was completed sometime in the 17th century.  The grounds are quite magnificent and have sublime examples of Austrian architecture with their sculptures. One of The Palace’s main features is the Roman ruin which is a set of follies and  was designed by Johann Ferdinand Hetenzhov  and erected in 1778. Open 8.30 am till 5 pm in Spring, 8.30 am till 6 pm in Summer.the website http://www.schoenbrunn.at/
Vienna State Opera House, Opernring 2  Vienna – The  Opera House and it’s company which originated back in the mid 19th century.  The Opera House is located right in the heart of Vienna and  was originally entitled the  Vienna court Opera. The name change came about with the fall  of the Habsburg Monarchy and the introduction of the first Austrian Republic and it was then changed to the Vienna State Opera House in 1920. Members of the acclaimed Vienna Philharmonica recruit their musicians from  the Opera House’s orchestra. At the end of the Second world War The Opera House was set on fire by the American army but the facade of the building fortunately remained in tact. In modern day Vienna, this  busy Opera House produces up to 60 Operas every year and something in the region of 200 live performances. They are closely linked to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. ticket prices  and show times vary depending on the performances. For future  events.check their website  http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Content.Node/home/index.php
Vienna Chamber Opera, Fleischmarkt 24 1010 Vienna Weiner Kammeroper – The Chamber was first used back in 1953 and was largely influenced by the Chamber style of Classical music. The chamber music is written in a style which is suitable for a small group of musicians in a more intimate venue, and its name derives from the fact that it was initially played in Royal Chambers for the entertainment of the monarchy.  A whole host of Austrian premieres and original performances have become part of the Chamber Opera’s repertoire over the past 60 years. Original founder and  conductor Hans Gabor retired from his role in the early 1980’s and became the artistic director and general manager of the theatre until his death in 1994. Open air Mozart performances took place here in the 1990’s but were cancelled when  Austrian conservationists intervened.  Ticket prices range from about 100 Euro’s to sit in the front few stalls to 55  Euro’s to sit in the middle and 30 at the back. website   http://www.wienerkammeroper.at/
Spanish Riding School, Vienna Michaelerplatz 1 Hofburg Central Vienna – The Spanish Riding School is an old fashioned  Riding School designed for Lippizan stallions.  These horses perform in the Hofburg Winter riding School. The headquarters has become a popular attraction in recent years and showcases the talents of the riders and horses with live public performances and allow visitors to sit in on training sessions. The top performers tour the world and enhance the reputation of this illustrious Riding school. The school took 6 years to build between 1729 and 1735. The riding school did begin life in the mid 16th century under the Austrian empire but it wasn’t until 1729 that the Emperor Charles VI gave the go ahead for architect Joseph Emanuel Fischer Von Erlach to build it. There website has further details on varying show times and ticket prices. Open Tues-Sat  9 am till 5 pm and 9 am till 1.30 pm on Sunday’s. website http://www.srs.at/en/
Danube City 1220  Vienna – The impressive looking Danube City is a new part of the Austrian capital. It’s the 22nd district of Vienna and its first building began construction work in 1995. The Danube River has been linked with Austria for several hundred years but only played a minor role in Austrian life up until the 1990’s. The Danube Tower was erected in 1962 after much encouragement from the International Garden Festival. Danube City does look aesthetically more like Canary Wharf in London or Southgate in the financial sector of Melbourne, Australia. The project which started officially in 2000 and is due for completion in 2012 will appeal to those who enjoy looking at  reflections of the sky in panes of glass. website n/a
Vienna Volksoper Wahringer Strase 78, 1090  Vienna – Volksoper is a major Opera venue in Vienna. Their annual season runs for 9 months, from September through till June. The company put on an estimated three hundred performances a year of 25 different productions. Volksoper was originally built around 1898 and was christened the Kaiser’s Jubilee Civic Theatre. The Theatre’s first director took on massive debt as the Building only took 10 months to finish. Financial problems meant that Kaiser Jubilaums-Stadttheater had to declare bankruptcy in 1903. After the destruction of the Second World War which decimated the Vienna State Opera,  Volksoper became the  alternative venue for an Austrian night at the  Opera .The House averages attendances of 300, 000 people a year. Volksoper was notably used to film a scene in the 1987 James Bond Film entitled ”The Living Daylights”. Their most expensive concert tickets are around 80 Euro’s but there some available for 20 Euro’s or less. website http://www.volksoper.at/Content.Node2/index.php
Opera Theatre an der Wein, Linke Weinzeile 6 Vienna – The Theatreand Old Town friends of the Baroque Opera will enjoy Claudio Monteverdi’s  L’Orfio as well as the World Premiere of Bach’s Christmas Orotorio as a ballet with choreography from John Neumier. Nikolas Harnoncourt and his concertus  Music are set to perform Haydn Orlando’s Palladino.
Modern American opera with  engaging themes include the Austrian premiere of the Broadway classic ”Streetcar named Desire” and ”Dead Man Walking”. Renowned musicians such as Sir Andre Previn, Anne Sophie-Mutter, Angelina Kirchschlager, Andras Schiff, Martin Haselbock, Rudolf Buchbinder and  Rainder Kuchl dominate The concert season at the Theatre an der Wein.website  http://www.theater-wien.at/index.php/en/
Crime and Personal Safety In Vienna There is a very low rate of crime in Austria but there are still intendment dangers for travellers to be aware of. Be careful with your passports and keep an eye on all valuables, don not leave them unattended at any time. Thieves and pick pocketers are renowned for carrying out these crimes at cafe’s and hotel lobbies in particular. Crimes are most frequently report at Vienna’s tow largest train stations and the Plaza around St Stephens Cathedral.

Restaurants In Vienna

Given their abundance, you could be forgiven if your first impression of Vienna was that it was the birth place of Cake and Coffee houses. You might not forgive yourself if you did not sample the most famous of these Viennese ambiences at The Schwarzenburg Cafe.

Like Budapest there are many good restaurants in Vienna but in relative terms they are expensive. One such restaurant is situated in The Danube Tower. Eating here really is a movable feast as the restaurant revolves offering patrons an amazing view of Vienna especially at night.

Vienna Tourist Board Information http://info.wien.at/

Jazz Clubs Vienna

Porgy and Bess Jazz Club, Vienna Riemergasse 11 This pulsating nightclub hosts Jazz Musicians from all over the world.  It’s a refreshing change for those who usually frequent sweaty dance clubs and it’s an essential destination for Jazz Lovers. This trendy venue has a charming intimacy about it and a great selection of wine, Cocktails and Spanish Tapas. The Only downside is that  It is  very  pricey in here,  with a bottle of beer costing somewhere in the region of 8 Euro’s. Opening hours are 8 pm till very late, daily. Stubentor is the nearest Metro Station to the club. Entrance fee is extortionate at 15 Euro’s. websitehttp://www.porgy.at/
Jazzland, Vienna Franz-Josefs Kai 29 1010 – Jazzland is a long running institution in Vienna’s thriving Jazz scene. It’s the perfect spot for Jazz enthusiasts and they serve a wide range of good yet expensive beers. Jazzland’s clientele tends to consist mainly of Vienna Natives rather than being overrun with tourists. Some of the World’s most revered Jazz Acts perform live gigs here on a regular basis. Opening hours are daily from 7 pm till 4 am [closed On Sunday’s] Admission cost is not cheap at around 15 Euro’s and I would recommend those visiting Vienna on a budget to give Jazzland a miss unless they are a keen  Jazz fan.website http://www.jazzland.at/
Vienna Austria Weather Details:
Vienna Austria Weather Forecast
monthly average and extreme temperatures in Vienna Austria:

sun hours per day

Temperatures
Average Daily
Records
Minimum
Maximum
Lowest
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January
2
-4
1
-22
13
February
3
-3
3
-23
19
March
4
-1
8
-11
24
April
6
6
15
-3
27
May
8
10
19
0
33
June
8
14
23
4
36
July
9
15
25
9
38
August
8
15
24
8
34
September
6
11
20
0
32
October
4
7
14
-3
28
November
2
3
7
-9
20
December
1
-1
3
15
17
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