Since I think we sold Vienna a little short, I decided to do some research and give a brief history and some fun facts about Vienna. In 1440, Vienna became the resident city of the Habsburg dynasty. It eventually grew to become the de facto capital of the Holy Roman Empire (1483–1806) and a cultural center for arts and science, music and fine cuisine. In 1804, during the Napoleonic Wars, Vienna became the capital of the Austrian Empire and continued to play a major role in European and world politics, including hosting the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15.

Known as the “City of Music,” the city played host to composers such as Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss.  Also known as the “City of Dreams,” Sigmund Freud was born in Vienna and did a lot of his research there. Between 1938 and the end of the Second World War, Vienna lost its status as a capital to Berlin as Austria ceased to exist and became a part of Nazi Germany. Just like Berlin, Vienna was also divided into four pieces at the conclusion of World War II. France, Britain, Russia, and the United States all took control over certain sections, imposing similar laws as were in Berlin. It was not until 1955 that Austria regained full sovereignty.

Vienna also has other claims to fame. It has the world’s oldest zoo located within Schonbrunn Palace. Vienna is the only world capital to produce its own wine. Vienna’s Zentralfrieldhof also known as the Central Cemetery is Europe’s second largest cemetery with a dead population almost twice larger than the living one. The original snow globe was invented in Vienna and PEZ was invented in Vienna. In fact, the name PEZ comes from an abbreviation of the German word for peppermint “Pfeffermintz.”

You can read more about Vienna in the full blog post:

Vienna, an Unforgettable Night

  • Where: Austrian Parliament Building