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Arts and Culture in Vienna

Aug 17, 2007
Vienna is the capital of Austria. Art and culture have a long tradition in Vienna, including opera classical music and theatre and fine arts. The Burgtheater is considered one of the best theatres in the German speaking world

Grandiose Vienna was the showpiece of the all conquering Habsburg Dynasty. Monumental edifices line the city centre, white stallions strut their way down mirrored halls world class museums burst with treasures, and renowned orchestras and angelic choirboys perform in lavish concert halls.

Mariahilferstrafe, is the longest shopping street in Vienna. Naschmarket is a busy and colourful vegetable and fruit market it also has some of the best eateries in town and specialist food stalls

It has plenty of lower brow pleasures too walks in the woods, splish splashing high jinks on the river, slap up indulgent evenings in its renowned wine taverns. Most of the main sights are crammed into the Innere Stadt. The district is adorned with the outstanding Gothic heights of Stephansdom, the massive Imperial Palace, the cultured history of the Jewish quarter and a scattering of historic streets and squares. Comfortable bars abound, and international DJs are never far from nightclub turntables.

Viennas eateries cater to all budgets and cuisines. There is a preponderance of Kaffeehauser coffee houses, Heurigen wine taverns and Beisls small restaurants. The area northwest of the city, near the university, has numerous inexpensive restaurants.

Hofburg Imperial Palace is a palace in Vienna Austria, which has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It was also known as the winter residence. The Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government since 1279.

The Hofburg Complex was built as the imperial home of the Habsburgs, and they lived there until 1918. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Museum of Fine Art a collection of armour has exhibits of ancient art, even a collection of antique musical instruments. The Winter Riding School is where the Lipizzaner stallions are trained in the Spanish Riding School. It was designed by Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, and built from 1729 to 1735. Inside two galleries surround the training ground, which is illuminated by two enormous chandeliers. Most other buildings allow photography as long as the flash is turned off. There is also a butterfly aviary created out of greenhouses built from 1901 to 1907. It will take two days to thoroughly see the place.
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