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Vienna is the capital of Austria, the cradle of classical music, and one of Europe's most livable cities.

The city center is skyscraper-free, pedestrian-friendly, dotted with quiet parks, and traversed by electric trams.

Many buildings still reflect 18th- and 19th-century elegance, when the city was at the forefront of the arts and sciences.

Our hotel was in the best location in Vienna. Even Mozart lived here in 1781!

The prime spot in the pedestrian area of the Old Town allowed us to be in the action!

                   

ABOVE - We arrived in Vienna mid-afternoon and decided to see the entire Old City

in one day! Of course that meant seeing a lot of it in the evening.

BELOW - Vienna at night!

                   

BELOW - The Plague Column and St. Stephen's Cathedral

                   

ABOVE and BELOW - The Plague Column and St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

The Pestsäule (Holy Trinity Plague Column) is one of the most well-known sculptures in the city.

In 1679 around 75,000 Viennese died of bubonic plague. King Leopold I begged God

to save the city and he vowed to erect the monument in gratitude.

                   

ABOVE and BELOW -  Some of the beautiful buildings around Vienna

                   

BELOW - The Haas House is a building in Vienna at the Stock-im-Eisen-Platz

                   

BELOW - Hofburg Palace and Gardens - winter home for the Habsburg dynasty

                   

Until 1918, the Hofburg was the center of the gigantic Habsburg empire. Originally planned

as a lavish “Imperial forum”, the grounds were built up majestically by the Habsburg emperors –

from the 13th century "Alte Burg" to the most recent addition from around 1900.

         

Today, the Hofburg in Vienna is the official seat of the Austrian President.