Vienna is host to many major international organiSations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud, a neurologist who is well known for being the greatest interpreters of dreams.
The City's roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for playing an essential role as a leading European Music Centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
This post is part of the Signs, Signs meme.
|The mall in Vienna's City Centre, around the cathedral is always busy and full of life|
|Mozart and Vienna are of course linked inextricably as this star memorial in the walk of fame shows!|
|St Stephen's Cathedral is a magnificent gothic edifice, massive as well as awe-inspiring|
|One of the memorial plaques in St Stephen's|
|Cafés and patisseries abound and what is better than to sip a Vienna coffee while eating one's Sacher torte?|
|Or maybe you would prefer to have some bespoke dressmaking at one of the exclusive salons?|
|During this visit (one of several) in Vienna in July 2003, there was an exhibition of these uniquely decorated horse sculptures situated all around the city|
|Another decorated horse outside a jewellery shop|
|The damsel and the unicorn?|
|Lovely parklands close to the city centre|