Historic Center of Vienna

From the UNESCO site

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks

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To me Vienna is an elegant historic city, to my husband it is a “back to the roots” city, with his childhood days spent with the Vienna Boys’ choir. The photo above is of St. Stephens Cathedral, which is at the historic center of the city.

Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn, Vienna

From the UNESCO Site

From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752, it is a remarkable Baroque ensemble and a perfect example of Gesamtkunstwerk

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and below are the beautiful gardens with the Gloriette at the horizon

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We visited Vienna last in June 2011

 
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