Interesting Fact about Vienna
“Vienna is the only capital city in the world to produce significant quantities of wine within its city limits. Home to over 1,700 acres of vineyards and 320 vintners, the Viennese love their wine. While the most popular are white wine varieties such as Grüner Veltliner, Rheinriesling and Weißburgunder, you can also find some nice reds.”
For more than two centuries Vienna has been the uncontested ball capital of the world. A unique blend of age-old Austrian traditions, magnificent court ceremonial and the trademark Viennese waltz has seen the capital’s ball industry turn into one of the nation’s best-loved exports. Every year imitations play out in around 30 cities worldwide, from New York to Moscow. But nothing beats the original – the romance and charm puts the Viennese ball season in a league of its own.
New clubs, bars and contemporary art spaces are springing up all over the Austrian capital – sometimes in the places you would least expect to find them. Although each location has its own distinctive identity they all manage to pull off a typically Viennese blend of tradition and young pop culture.
Coffeehouses in Vienna are much more than just places to drink coffee – they are a way of life. The city boasts in excess of 800 of them – in addition to the numerous café bars, café restaurants and pizza cafés throughout the city. Around 150 are classic coffeehouses, where the waiters are still dressed in black, and the décor is as unpretentious as it was in the ‘good old days’: wooden floors, marble-topped tables, and seating that is simple and plush.
Vienna’s Christmas markets have enough to tempt even the most died-in-the-wool Yuletide grump. The city’s Food Inspection and Market Authority recorded 18 large, permanent Advent markets with a total of 1,053 stalls in 2012. These are usually open from November until Christmas. The figure does not include the countless small temporary markets, charity stalls and punch stands that spring up around the Austrian capital in the run-up to Christmas.
Right after the Christmas holidays a pair of markets will get everyone in the party mood ahead of New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s market in front of Schönbrunn Palace is full of stands laden with handicrafts from Austria, good luck charms, culinary delights, punch and mulled wine. Part of the New Year’s Eve Trail, the New Year’s Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz (between the Kunhistorisches Museum and the Museum of Natural History) offers a similar variety at the turn of the year.
Vienna has a well-preserved and harmonious cityscape. This former imperial capital reflects a rich heritage, while offering all the vivacity and attractions of a pulsating contemporary European capital city. This is not so much a reflection of individual monuments or outstanding edifices past and present, but rather of a kind of general urban atmosphere, a sense of tangible urban magnitude. However, Vienna would not be the attractive capital it is today without its landmark architectural achievements over the centuries.