Vienna is the capital and the largest city in the country of Austria. Part of western Europe, Austria is located in the eastern portion of the country and is in close proximity to the Czech Repbulic, Hungry, and other Eastern European nations. The city is home to world-class museums, the famous Vienna Boys' Choir, a variety of famous orchestras, and ornate concert halls.
The city was founded around 500 B.C. by the Celts. During the Roman Empire it was a frontier city guarding against Germanic tribes. In the 1400's the city became residence of the Hapsburg Dynasty and eventually became the secret capital of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1805 the city became the capital of the Austrian Empire and in 1918 the capital of the First Austrian Republic. The Germans were eventually driven out of the city in 1945 by the Soviets. After the war the city became important in East vs. West espionage activity.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
There's almost always something happening in Vienna, making it a year-round destination. Weatherwise, you might want to forgo January-- it's very cold--July and August is wonderfully hot, and a great time to visit.
Augustinerkirche (Church of the Augustinians)
Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts)
Volksgarten (People's Park)
Botanischer Garten (Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna)
The Hofburg Palace Complex
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