Sunday, August 29, 2010

Vienna City Facts

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million (2.3 million within the metropolitan area, more than 25% of Austria's population), and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political center. It is the 10th largest city by population in the European Union. Vienna is host to many major international organizations such as the United Nations and OPEC. Vienna lies in the east of Austria and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Founded around 500 BC, Vienna was originally a Celtic settlement. In 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2005 an Economist Intelligence Unit study of 127 world cities ranked it first, equal with Vancouver, for the highest quality of life. This assessment was mirrored by the Mercer Survey in 2009.
Art and culture have a long tradition in Vienna, including theater, opera, classical music and fine arts. Viticulture is also a very prominent economic factor in Vienna.
No other city in the world has larger vineyards within its boundaries. At almost 700 hectares, the area covered by vineyards in Vienna corresponds to the combined area of the city's districts four, five, six, and seven. The official register of vineyards kept by the Vienna City Administration comprises some 520 individual vineyards. Viennese specialties range from a multitude of red wines to Riesling, White Burgundy, and Chardonnay.

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