VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Vienna, Austria
Vienna, founded by Celts around year 500 BC, also known as Danube city, city of music and dreams, is the main and utmost urban center of Austria. Throughout its long, tumultuous and meaningful history, among other things, it was the seat of Habsburg dynasty and the capital of Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, Vienna is a city that takes pride in refreshing coalescence of romanesque, baroque, secession and modern architecture and which offers its inhabitants a high quality of life. It's not without reason that, for eight years in a row, on Mercer's list of 231 cities, it seized leading position as the best residential destination. Numerous artist and great minds were either born in Vienna or have chosen it as a home and inspiring place where they would act and express their creative ingeniousness. It suffice to name only a few: W. A. Mozart, Gustav Klimt, Johann Strauss, Hermann Broch, Ludwig van Beethoven… The city is renowned for its universities, opera houses and one vastly glorious cultural event - spectacular Viennese 19. century balls, which are held in over 450 times annually.
Vienna, Austria
I've been to Vienna twice, and even though I circled and seen a major part of the city, I can conclude that I haven't uncovered 10% of the exciting secrets hidden within its limits. First time I was there during the  far-known Christmas fair. Just to walk, especially at night, through the beautifully ornate and tasselled streets that resonates with songs filled of hope and merriment, with a glass of warm and fragrant mulled wine in hands, to absorb the sensations while roaming between the sea of  gleeful people charmed with Christmas spirit, to pick, amongst countless choices, only several magical and with filigree precision hand-maded Christmas ornaments, is unrepeatable, indescribable and almost surreal experience.
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Although the weather was gray and gloomy, that didn't diminish nobleness of the city and its landmarks. One of the more immense is St. Stephen's cathedral, a medal of nowadays Vienna, built in romanesque-gothic style. Certainly the most celebrated feature is its 111 meter long roof covered with 230 000 glazed tiles of rich, vibrant colors, on the south side patterned into the mosaic of double-headed eagle – sign of the Habsburg rule, and on the north side into the coats of arms of the city and state. Only slightly less significant trait are its 23 ponderous bells, of which the largest, popularly called Boomer, weighs 20 130 kilograms. An interesting story is related to them: Beethoven comprehended the totality of his deafness when he saw that the birds, frightened by the thunderous sound, fled from the belfries, but he didn't hear the ringing.
Austrian Parliament
Viennese Ringstrasse is a venue of the Austrian Parliament, a remarkable classical, neo-Greek edifice which exalts and exhilarates with its gable decorated with allegories of 17 provinces of the old Dual Monarchy, column colonnade of the Corinthian phrase, bronze sculptures and the meticulous, fanciful Pallas Athene fountain.
Schönbrunn Castle
However, I was truly impressed by the Schönbrunn castle, a baroque building that contains 1441 rooms, longstanding mansion of sovereigns, Vienna's extraordinary monument and tourist attraction since the middle of 20. century, whose palace and gardens reflect the taste, concerns and aspirations of Habsburgs. I'm a person who prefers to browse castles, and while all the aged buildings, due to their past and life tales that have taken place within their walls, awakes curiosity in me, castles are by far my favorite. I love to perambulate through their corridors and halls and imagine numerous excellences who walked along them as well, and observe paintings and artwork with which they adorned their chambers. From atop of a 60 meter high hill, Schönbrunn is crowned with a gloriette assembled from the stone of dilapidated Neugebäude castle, which the empress Maria Theresa dedicated to Habsburg power and the “righteous war”. In 1778., architect Johann Ferdinad Hetzendorf von Hohenberg designed a series of picturesque follies known as Roman ruin or Ruin of Carthage and the Obelisk Fountain, as a symbol of stability and permanence. What makes me particularly enchanted is the details, the aesthetics of their execution and the durability and defiance toward passing time. Apart from its magnificence, the castle draws attention with its reputed ZOO. According to the legend, while Maria Therese was occupied with managing the Empire, her husband Francis I devoted himself to the ZOO, attempting to procure as many animal species as possible. I was incredibly happy and joyful when I heard that the Viennese Tiergarten accommodates my dearest animals – the pandas. Unfortunately, I missed the chance to see them in wintertime, but I plan to come back and cherish the view at castle’s neat, admirable gardens and company of these fabulous bears.
Dior, Vienna
The second, short visit to Vienna occurred in summer, but it was based solely on shopping, yet another attribute of Austrian metropolis. Vienna is, with a range of luxury stores such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana,Versace and others, a tempting magnet for fashion enthusiasts from all over the world.
Louis Vuitton,Vienna

I belive Vienna is the city that, with the abundance of cultural festivities, blend of historical and contemporary construction, opulent gastronomical offer and with plurality of museums, galleries and theatres, leaves no one indifferent. A bulk of sights and scenes remains undetected to me and I will unquestionably return to this wonderful city, primarily for, you’ve already guessed, pandas!
Have you visited Vienna? What are your impressions?

2 comments:

  1. Miss Bugarski, how can we tell that this is actually Louis Vuitton store??

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