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Austria - Waltzing across Vienna

  • Resistance is futile

    You cannot visit Vienna without having Sachertorte and a cup of Wiener Melange. There has been a legal battle between Hotel Sacher and the Demel bakery since the 1920s about who has the original Sachertorte.

    [Cafe Sacher]

  • Resistance is futile

    You cannot visit Vienna without having Sachertorte and a cup of Wiener Melange. There has been a legal battle between Hotel Sacher and the Demel bakery since the 1920s about who has the original Sachertorte.

    [Reine at Cafe Sacher]

  • Clear as crystal

    Having a Krügerl of the local beer Ottakringer.

    [Diglas]

  • Beneath the arches

    This has been a classic coffee place since 1876, with regular customers such as Vladimir Lenin, Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud and Leon Trotsky.

    [Cafe Central]

  • Happy days

    [Ida at Diglas]

  • Through the ages

    Mozart and Constanze were married in Stephansdom, and their children were baptized here. It was also to Stephansdom his dead body was transported in 1791 for registration before the infamously simple funeral at St Marx.

    [Stephansdom]

  • Going in circles

    343 steps takes a while.

    [Inside the tower of Stephansdom]

  • Photograph by one of those dots

    This ferris wheel was a kissing location in the Bond movie Living Daylights and the 1995 film Before Sunrise, as well as featured in an episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, but most famous is the ride by Orson Welles in The Third Man from 1949. This was also the location where he improvised the famous Cuckoo speech.

    [Riesenrad at Prater]

  • The walls have eyes

    This was the house of Harry Lime (Orson Welles) in the movie The Third Man from 1949.

    [Reine at Josefsplatz]

  • None shall pass

    This statue of Hapsburg Emperor Joseph II is located in front of the Albertina, a building which has sheltered art collections since the 17th century. It was also one of the locations for the 1995 movie Before Sunrise.

    [Albertina]

  • Far away, so close

    The Gloriette has been at the top of the hill since 1775, overlooking the Great Parterre in front of the main building.

    [Schönbrunn Palace]

  • Home of the Habsburgs

    The Heldenplatz is the outer plaza of the Hofburg palace complex, where the Habsburg dynasty ruled over the Austro-Hungarian empire. Today it is the residence of the president.

    [Österreichische Nationalbibliothek at Heldenplatz]

  • Resistance is futile

    You cannot visit Vienna without having Sachertorte and a cup of Wiener Melange. There has been a legal battle between Hotel Sacher and the Demel bakery since the 1920s about who has the original Sachertorte.

    [Cafe Sacher]

  • Setting for a wedding

    Mozart lived at 11 different addresses in the city, including Mozarthaus at Domgasse near the cathedral which is the only remaining residence today. The popular name Figarohaus is due to the fact that The Marriage of Figaro was written there. His last apartment at Rauhensteingasse, brought to mythic proportions by the composing process of Requiem, was demolished in 1847 and is today the location of Steffl kaufhaus.

    [Mozarthaus at Domgasse]

  • Gigantisch

    The schnitzels at Figlmüller are said to be of epic size, and I don't disagree.

    [Figlmüller]

  • Your average summer cottage

    This summer residence with 1441 rooms has seen a lot during the centuries. First started in 1548, it later saw a six year old Mozart perform for the empress Maria Theresa in 1762, as well as the musical duel between Mozart and Salieri in the Orangerie building. Marie Antoinette (daughter of Maria Theresa) grew up in the palace and Napoleon chose it as his headquarter during the occupation in 1805.

    [Schönbrunn Palace]

  • Telltale

    You know you're in Austria when...

    [Prater]

  • 343 steps later

    A nice view with Peterskirche in the sunset.

    [View from the South Tower of Stephansdom]

  • For the birds

    The roof mosaic is covered by 230 000 glazed tiles.

    [Stephansdom]

  • Anticipation

    I just had to try their speciality called Nabil's pipeline, but I feared that the name came from the plumbing.

    [Reine at Specht]

  • Top of the hill

    The Gloriette has been at the top of the hill since 1775, overlooking the Great Parterre in front of the main building. Today it houses a cafe with refreshing ice cream.

    [The Gloriette at Schönbrunn Palace]

  • By Grabthar's hammer

    The Neptune Fountain was completed in 1780, shortly before the death of Maria Theresa.

    [Reine at Schönbrunn Palace]

  • Gothic sunset

    [Stephansdom]

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