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Vienna City viewAbout Vienna:

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and the largest city in Austria with its population of more than 2 million. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city is located in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. Vienna was ranked first in its annual "Quality of Living" cities in the world and ranked first in a tie with Vancouver, Canada for the world's most livable cities. The city is known as "The City of Dreams" and the City of Music. It attracts about five million tourists a year.

Oberes BelvedreClimate: Vienna has a humid continental climate with warm summers , Spring and autumn are mild and Winters are relatively dry and cold. The average high temp is 26 °C in the month of July and average low temp is -0.5 °C in the month of December.

Places to visit:

Belvedere: The Belvedere is a palace complex in Vienna. Two Baroque palaces the Upper and Lower Belvedere face each other on a sloping hill. Between the palaces lies a formal French garden with fountains, statues and cascades.

Unteres Belvedere: The living quarters of the Prince of Savoy were in the Unteres Belvedere or lower Belvedere. The palace was built from 1716, many of the rooms are open to visitors to the Barock museum, which has a collection of Baroque paintings and sculpture. The palace highlight is the Marmorsaal or Marble Hall, Golden Cabinet, wall murals of grotesques and Orangery, originally built to provide cover for plants during the winter, is now used for temporary expositions.

Unteres BelvedereOberes Belvedere: At the southern end of the park, at the top of the slope, lies the Oberes Belvedere or upper Belvedere. There are  many sculptures that adorn the facade are a reference to the victory over the Turkish army. The palace houses the Sammlung Osterreichischer Kunst, one of the top museums in Vienna. Its collection is mostly focused on artwork from the nineteenth and twentieth century's.

The Palace Garden: It was build in 1725 by Dominique Girard, is a French style garden. he garden is decorated with numerous statues as well as fountains and cascades. The garden has three levels, separated by two large cascades. There is a classical statues of eight muses adorn the lower level while statues along the staircase between the lower and middle part of the garden.

GarbenGraben: Garben is one of the most famous streets in Vienna. It is lined with some beautiful buildings in a variety of architectural styles. A monument at the center of Graben commemorates the end of the 1697 plague. Graben date back to the early nineteenth century. The main attraction of the Graben is its several Jugendstil buildings, Baroque Bartolotti Partenfeld palace, house with a black marble facade.

Kunsthistorisches museum: It was opened in 1891. The museum is focus on the works of art that the many Habsburg rulers acquired over the centuries.T he interior of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, designed by Karl von Hasenauer, is spectacular, with large marble columns, monumental staircases and statues .Its collection of paintings, is one of the largest in the world and spans an era from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries with Roman and Greek antiquities. The Kunstkammer houses a collection of sculptures and works of Decorative Arts with some profusely decorated items often made with expensive materials such as ivory, silver or gold.

Kunsthstorisches MuseumStaatsoper: It is a state opera house, opened on May 25, 1869. The building is   in neo-Renaissance style was designed by August von Siccardsburg and Eduard van der Null. The loggia is beautifully decorated with frescoes depicting scenes from Mozart's 'Magic Flute'. There is a  marble fountain on either side of the opera house.

Other major attraction: Austrian Parliament Building, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna Secession, Palais Augarten, Albertina.

Food and Beverage: Vienna,is one of the few remaining world capital cities with its own vineyards, were wine is served in small Viennese pubs. The city is famous for its well known  dish called Wiener Schnitzel, a cutlet of veal or pork, the finest cakes and desserts.

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