Vienna is a city where you can live in both the past and the present.
While half of the city floats majestically along in the 17th and 18th centuries, the other
half zooms into the 21st, creating a fusion of time and space that will transport you from
one age to the next in a blink of an eye.
First and foremost, Vienna is a city of the arts. After all, it seems that every
classical music genius lived and worked in Vienna; Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss,
Brahms, and Haydn all came to Vienna at some point in their lives. Walk by an apartment
building in the Inner Stadt, and you will probably hear the practice of a violin coming
from within. Or just walk down a major street and lose track counting theaters with
nightly music, theater, and dance performances.
Famous thinkers like Sigmund Freud met to pore over controversial ideas, while
artists like Hundertwasser, Klimt, and Schiele painted so many masterpieces that Vienna
has enough museums to last a lifetime, and in just a few days you can barely scratch the
The cobbled streets of Vienna’s Inner Stadt conjure an Old World romance that is
still reflected in the people’s love for tradition—where else in the world do people waltz
en masse on New Year’s Eve? Yet, for its upcoming generation, Vienna offers the modern
shopping, dining, and nightlife of any cosmopolitan city—clubs cluster under the brick
train track archways, and small cocktail bars craft drinks as an art form. Walk through
Belvedere and see modern art sculptures or to drink wine overlooking vineyards and the
Danube—the old and the new, the city and the country—all of it is within reach.