In Vienna I found beauty, love and romance.
Vienna captivated my mind by its unique blend of imperial traditions, stunning modern architecture, cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
All the amateurs of baroque or theatrical style will find a great inspiration by visiting Vienna. Baroque buildings built mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia (1740 - 1780) and Franz Joseph (1848 - 1916), who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture round the Ringstraße.
What are the characteristics of Baroque architecture?
Other characteristic qualities include grandeur, drama and contrast (especially in lighting), curvaceousness, and an often dizzying array of rich surface treatments, twisting elements, and gilded statuary. Architects unabashedly applied bright colours and illusory, vividly painted ceilings.
One of my favorite spots is splendid baroque Belvedere Palace
today houses the Österreichische Galerie (Austrian Gallery) displaying the largest collection of works by Klimt (The Kiss) and Kokoschka as well as famous paintings by Schiele. Vienna's prime landmarks are the gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral), the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater, Vienna's old recreational park, and the Spanish Riding School
with their world-famous Lipizzaner horses.
Vienna owes much of its international fame to the many celebrated composers who lived and worked here including Strauß father and son, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's best, the Staatsoper one of the world's leading opera houses, and the Vienna Boys' Choir one the world's most famous. Vienna has established itself as a great musical metropolis.
I stayed at Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof nestled in the heart of ideal spot from which to discover Vienna. I was wandering all day long by checking out each museum and drinking espresso to wake up my mind. It was really fabulous trip in the beginning of winter time. I always connect my memories with some cozy moments like to be enveloped with warm plaid near the fireplace, lots of hot chocolate or coffee, cozy talks with your friends, huge amount of giggles and loving heart. "You cannot imagine the wild enthusiasm that these two men created in Vienna. Newspapers went into raptures over each new waltz, and innumerable articles appeared about Lanner and Strauss."
-- Eduard Hanslick