Austria’s capital city Vienna offers myriad delights. Come and enjoy its unique charm, vibrancy and flair, its old and new parts, its music, art, science and culinary delicacies and its famous Christmas Markets. Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is easy to reach, safe, clean and green.
Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria, and the largest city in Austria with its population of 1.8 million. It is known as the City of Music, for throughout history a vast majority of great composers and musicians were born and lived in Vienna, leaving behind a great musical legacy. It is also sometimes known as the City of Dreams, as it was home to the world’s first psycho-analyst, Sigmund Freud. Regularly ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vienna is an amalgamation of architectural delights and contemporary green living spaces, with more than half of the metropolitan area being made of parks.
Vienna, the University City
Vienna is the location of 9 Public Universities: University of Vienna (founded in 1365), Medical University of Vienna,
Technical University of Vienna, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna University of Economics and Business, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In addition, there are 4 Private Universities: Konservatorium Wien University, Sigmund Freud University Vienna, Webster Vienna Private University, MODUL University Vienna.
Vienna, the Science City
Vienna has a long history of excellent scientific and medical research. Semmelweis, Billroth and Landsteiner are all part of this proud history. The traditions of the Second Vienna Medical School are expressed today in a focus on medical biotechnology focussing on vaccinations, anti- infectives, immunology and oncology. In the 1990s, a vibrant life sciences scene began to develop in Vienna alongside the larger international corporations already located in the area. A recent study has revealed that Vienna is currently home to 140 life sciences companies.
Vienna, the International City
Vienna hosts one of the four headquarters of the United Nations at the Vienna International Center. Vienna is also the seat of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and many other organizations.
Vienna, the Metropolis of Music
Strike the right note at first-rate concerts and enjoy an unrivalled selection of music —from opera to musical. More famous composers have lived here than in any other city—in Vienna, music is literally in the air: Waltzes and operettas have their home here, and so do musicals “made in Vienna,” which have conquered international audiences.
Vienna’s Art Treasures
Discover Vienna’s rich heritage and the latest achievements in art and architecture— from the magnificent Ringstraße to the trendy MuseumsQuartier, one of the world’s ten largest culture complexes.
Vienna’s Christmas Markets
Vienna is renowned for its delightful Christmas markets. From the middle of November until Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas baking and hot punch sets the mood in the run-up to Christmas. Visit one of the many extraordinary markets, such as the Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market on the City Hall Square, which offers Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, culinary treats, confectionery and warming drinks. Among many others, enjoy the fascinating Christmas atmosphere at the Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz close-by, the romantic Christmas Village in the Altes AKH, the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung in the city center or the cultural and Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace. For more information, please click here.
November marks the start of the cold part of the year in Vienna with an overall daily average temperature of 5°C.
German. English is frequently understood and spoken.
171 m above sea level.
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