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Vienna Travel Guide

Vienna or Wien as the Austrians say,is the home of one of the longest ruling dynasties in the world - the imperial Habsburgs - has been one of the hotbeds of high culture in Europe, from the Renaissance to the wave of experimentalism that arose in the 18th and 19th centuries. Fattened by the riches from the defeat of Turkey, the Habsburgs lavished money on their beloved capital, with stunning effects there for all to see today. Vienna has also produced some of the most sublime western classical music in the world. From Mozart to Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Brahms - all these musical bigwigs have furrowed their brows in creative consternation under a Viennese ceiling at one point or another.

The status of Vienna as the centre of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire also ensured the birth and maintenance of a distinctly cosmopolitan culture over the ages. This culture reached its zenith during the 18th and 19th centuries, when a combination of diverse elements such as psychoanalysis, free form music, utilitarian architecture and Zionism made it a breeding ground of avant garde ideologies and theories. However, the same spirit of experimentation, combined with the traditional conservatism that imperial lifestyles generated, led to Austrians experimenting with right wing, fascist and anti-Semitic ideologies.

Today's Vienna is reinventing itself as a unique meeting ground of cultures.

Vienna’s central cemetery- Zentralfriedhof is the second largest cemetery in Europe covering 2.5 square kilometers. Twice as many people are buried here than actually residing in Vienna!

World’s largest emerald is displayed in the Imperial Palace, in Vienna.

Vienna packs about one fourth of the total population of Austria.

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