Vienna, the capital of Austria and former home of the Habsburg court, is located in the centre of Europe, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Wachau valley, moulded by the curving flow of the Danube, the majestic river which crosses the city. Its historic centre, inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, is often compared to a real life museum, and stands proof Vienna's great history.
A musical city by default, it is home to the Vienna Opera House, world famous for its concerts. The works of Mozart, Schubert, Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, or Haydn can also be enjoyed in Vienna's historic churches, or the Musikverein, which hosts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, considered to be one of the finest of the world, and well-known for its annual new year concert.
Vienna's Ring Boulevard, one of the longest and most beautiful boulevards of its kind, goes around the city centre, and showcases monumental buildings such as the Austrian Parliament, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, or the Vienna University. The Burgtheater, or the National Theatre, one of the most important German language theatres in the world, is also located on the Ring Boulevard and boasts a beautiful marble façade decorated with statues of famous writers and allegoric figures.
The Schönbrunn Palace, former summer home of princess Sissi and the Habsburg royalty, is a must see. Built to rival the Versailles, it is one of the most important Austrian landmarks. Besides the Palace, the baroque complex includes various gardens, a zoo, a café, dating back to 1775 and the biggest palm house on continental Europe.
To learn more about these attractions as well as other cultural events, shopping, top gastronomic venues and sightseeing opportunities offered by Vienna, please visit the official Vienna website: http://www.wien.info/en.