Reeking of its historical legacy in the arts, Vienna has been ranked as the number one city in the world to live in. Stable and safe with a low crime level, historical buildings from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era and coffee to rave about, Vienna can name among its past inhabitants Mozart, Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. For those that love to fossick, it is home to one of "The" grandest flea markets in the whole of Europe, "The Flohmarkt".
The town's claim to fame is the invention of filtering coffee in the year of 1683. To sup on this miracle of two shots of espresso overdosed on whipped cream is to taste the nectar of the caffeine gods. Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can don your best glitzy ball gown and attend one of the 450 yearly carnival balls, ice skate in the winter at the City Hall Square, or visit the world's oldest zoo for a bit of animal action.
You can also ride on the oldest Ferris wheel, the Riesenrad constructed in 1897, or drool over the world's largest emerald at the Imperial Treasury.The city pumps with the hormones of the intellectuals, having over 150,000 public university students within its city limits. Open minded and totally liberal, the city is vibrant and colorful.
With vineyards in the heart of the city, wine is liberally served as a spritzer throughout its abundant taverns hidden in quiet little corners of this grand and elegant city that will call out to your tramping feet.