City of Music
Vienna is one the most musical cities in the world. This is partly due to the vast number of great composers and musicians who were born here or lived and worked here. Visiting Austria's capital therefore means experiencing the works of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Johann Strauss (both father and son), Liszt, Brahms, Bruckner and many others in venues like the Staatsoper and Musikverein. The music of Bach and Händel continues to be performed in Vienna's historic churches today, and Vienna's Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments, paired with a visit to the Haus der Musik, takes you deeper into the texture of music and how it is created. Venues for classical music are augmented by some great clubs and live rock and jazz places. Buzzing restaurants, coffee houses like living rooms, Beisln, innovative museums, absurdly pompous architecture and the sheer quality of life. These are just some of the reasons why I love Vienna. But what I especially love is exploring the capital by foot. Some evenings I like to walk through the courtyards of the historic centre, other nights I'll explore the idiosyncratic Vorstadt districts – places like Margareten, Neubau, Josefstadt and Leopoldstadt where the rawness of ordinary life washes to the surface. Vienna is a large, variegated city, but it's still one you can easily walk through to discover new sides.