Travel Diaries – Wednesday

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VIENNA  – ART LOVERS

The Austrian city of Vienna is celebrated for its artistic roots, which run deep. Residents such as Mozart and Beethoven helped shape the cultural climate of the city, and to this day, music and the arts remain a huge part of its DNA. If you’re interested in experiencing historic landmarks alongside contemporary cultural attractions, all against the backdrop of a charming and cosmopolitan European city, Vienna is for you.

Few cities can boast the imperial grandeur of Vienna, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg monarchy. Lipizzaner stallions performing elegant equine ballet, the angelic tones of the Vienna Boys’ Choir drifting across a courtyard, outrageously opulent palaces such as Schloss Belvedere and Schloss Schönbrunn, and the monumental Hofburg complex – as a visitor today, you feel grandeur everywhere in Vienna.

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Vienna is a city where postmodernist and contemporary architectural designs contrast and fuse with the monumental and historic. The MuseumsQuartier is a perfect example, with modern museum architecture integrated into a public space created around former stables for the Habsburgs’ horses. Twentieth-century designs such as Loos American Bar are little short of inspiring, while contemporary Vienna is constantly being given new and exciting infrastructural designs such as the new Twin City Liners boat landing (with the restaurant, bar and cafe Motto am Fluss) and the enormous Hauptbahnhof (main train station).

For shopping, everything is available in the First District at the Golden Quarter.

Hotel Sacher and Park Hyatt Vienna boast of resplendent elegance and are positioned in predominant parts of the city.

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If one is a lover of the arts and history, Vienna is a must visit.

 

 

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