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With its Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, romantic waltzes, and delectable pastries, Vienna is itself a confection. We take to the streets as soon as we arrive to get a quick taste.
Wien or Vienna, as us English speakers call it, is an ancient pre-Roman city of Imperial grandeur, and authentic rural charm. The cultural and political capital of Austria, a country that evidently spends more on arts than their military, Vienna feels at once smart and human.
Vienna is often referred to as a “living museum.” Clearly, the Viennese treasure their traditions and beautifully maintained public buildings, but just below the city’s polished exterior is a fun-loving, edgier side.
If you’re looking for hearty servings of pork, dumplings and cabbage in Vienna, you’ll find it. But these days, Neue Wiener Küche (New Vienna Cuisine) or lighter, reinvented versions of the traditional dishes have taken over the Viennese culinary scene. Try both styles for culinary perspective.
Hotel choices in Vienna range from former imperial palaces to revamped historical buildings (including a bank!) and gleaming new construction. Rooms tend to fill up quickly during the weeks before Christmas and New Years when visitors come for the Christmas Markets.
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