Vienna is the capital of Austria and it is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic and political center.
It is regarded as the “City of Music” because of its musical legacy from the great age of Viennese Classicism. Many notable musicians were born in Vienna, including Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Falco, Franz Schubert, Gerhard Potuznik, Louie Austen, Arnold Schönberg, and Fritz Kreisler. Notable musicians who came here to work from other parts of Austria and Germany were Johann Joseph Fux, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahsms, Gustav Mahler and Joseph Haydn.
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 explains why Vienna stands out among other European tourist destinations for being a “new old city” a city in transition from an older “picture city” like Florence and Venice to being a global city like Paris and London.