Vienna is one of the most visited cities in Europe

oesterreich wien 1In the 1st century AD the Romans built a military camp (castrum) on the site of today's Vienna city center near the Danube and the connected civil city Vindobona (today 3rd district) as border security of the province of Pannonia. Still today you can see from the streets of the 1st district (Inner City), the course of the wall and the streets of the camp. The Romans remained until the 5th century. The Roman legionary camp lay far to the east of the Western Roman Empire and therefore rapidly was victim the turmoil of the Germanic barbarian invasions.

Architecturally, Vienna is still characterized primarily by the buildings around the Vienna Ringstrasse from the Wilhelminian era, but also by Baroque and Art Nouveau. Through its role as the imperial capital and residential city of the Austrian Empire from 1804 onwards, Vienna became a cultural and political centre of Europe.

Around 1910, when Vienna was still the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy, the city had over two million inhabitants. The historic centre of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With around 7.5 million tourists and around 16.5 million overnight stays every year, Vienna is one of the most visited cities in Europe.

Cultural Monument Wiener Riesenrad at Prater

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Cultural Monument Wiener Riesenrad at Prater

Anyone who has ever visited the capital of Austria, Vienna, will certainly have a very extensive art and culture program ahead of them and must definitely focus, especially when time is limited.

Gideon Baron of Laudon and the liberation of Belgrade

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Gideon Baron of Laudon and the liberation of Belgrade

Again, we noticed, there are connections that were unlikely at first, even if you are interested in history and due to our project work, we are traveling a lot, especially in the Balkans.

Biking along the Vienna River to the Vienna Woods

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Riding the bike along the Vienna River to the Vienna Woods

The sunny weather once more lured outdoors - this time the Vienna River should be our destination and at the same time tour beginning to the Vienna Woods, where the Vienna River has its origin.

Decorated and illuminated for Christmas - Schönbrunn

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Decorated and illuminated for Christmas - Schönbrunn Palace

Those who drive through the city center of Vienna these days will encounter astonishing lines of visitors in the early morning already, which despite cold and light snow fall hike towards Schönbrunn Palace.

Royal Art and Freemasonry - Encounter in Vienna

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Royal Art and Freemasonry - Encounter in Vienna

The visit to the Central Cemetery in Vienna, which was quite wet and cold but extremely interesting, had not just led us to the grave and memorial of the artist Falco, which had established itself a real visitor magnet over the years, the visit once again showed a different way of dealing with Death here in Vienna or at least here at the central cemetery.

Scheiblingstein - a Roman milestone in the Vienna Woods

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Scheiblingstein - a Roman milestone in the Vienna Woods

The Wienerwald has also been populated by people since time immemorial. Neolithic residential pits, which were discovered in 1914 when trenches were dug, were found on the Simonsberg in the Weidlingbach municipality as early from the Neo-Gothic era (2200-1800 BC).

The Karlsplatz Christmas Market - ART ADVENT 2019

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The Karlsplatz Christmas Market - ART ADVENT 2019

And we continued with regard to the visit of various Christmas markets in Vienna, this time we went to the Christmas market "Art Advent" at Karlsplatz.

Jubiläumswarte - Sunday walk through the Vienna Woods

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Jubiläumswarte Vienna - a Sunday walk through the Vienna Woods

Sunshine and the urge to move had lured us up to the jubilee area into the Vienna Woods, a kind of lookout tower on the Gallitzinberg on the western outskirts of Vienna.

Eerily beautiful - the central cemetery in Vienna

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Eerily beautiful - the central cemetery in Vienna

Every city, like every country, has its own bizarre peculiarities, so we were more than surprised about the central cemetery in Vienna during a conversation when we found out that the cemetery is also used as a park and green area by the Viennese.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser - House in Vienna

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Friedensreich Hundertwasser - House in Vienna

Of course, we took the advantage to pass some city areas in Vienna within our presence in Brunn am Gebirge, this time our interest was mostly directed to one of the buildings of the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, which were planned and implemented together with his architect friend Josef Krawina.

From Vienna State Opera to Ephesus Museum at Hofburg

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From the Vienna State Opera to the Ephesus Museum at Hofburg

Once again we took the tram into the city center of Vienna, leaving the tram at Vienna State Opera. This time, our exploration tour was to include the Vienna Hofburg and the museums housed in it, where our special interest was directed to the Ephesus Museum.

The Brunnenmarkt - an oriental street market in Ottakring

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The Brunnenmarkt - an oriental street market in Vienna Ottakring

If you want to enjoy the ultimate, almost oriental market experience in Vienna, you should visit the Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring, which we were able to do thanks to our city guide Gernot.

Roman Ruins at Hohenmarkt in Vienna today Museum

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Roman Ruins at Hohenmarkt in Vienna today Roman Museum

During extensive canal construction work in 1948, the remains of the tribunal houses of the legionary warehouse Vindobona were discovered at the Hohenmarkt in Vienna.

Museum of Mödling - Robert refers to the shark teeth

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Museum of Mödling - Robert refers to the shark teeth

At the end of our tour through Mödling, Robert introduced us to the local museum, which gives an insight view into the history of the town as well as into the surroundings places and into the past too, when the area was connected to an ocean.

From Camping Neue Donau to the Prater - hiking the way!

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From Camping Neue Donau to the Prater - hiking the way!

Many travelers may think it is too far hiking into the inner city of Vienna from the New Danube campsite, but we have managed the hike to the Viennese Prater through the green belt of the city, which was, even very hot that day, really enjoyable.

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