Paris is the city of lights.
Prague is permeated with Old World charm.
London sees the most visitors annually;
but Vienna receives my vote for Europe’s
most enchanting destination.
As an imperial city, visitors can’t help but be struck by Vienna’s grandiosity.
This is displayed first and foremost by its massive Hapsburg Palace;
while its Belvedere and Strauss monuments further emphasize the
Austrian capital’s sense of self-worth.
Walking along the elegant cream-and-mint
facades not to mention its sprawling Stadtpark— a formidable rival to
NYC’s Central Park—
it’s obvious that Vienna’s inclusion in any Top 10 European city list is warranted.
For aficionados and novices alike, the city’s contribution to modern art also goes
In fact, it takes only one trip to the Secession Building to see Klimt’s
Beethoven-Fries to prove it.
There are myriad destinations within Vienna to view the Austrian’s work.
For instance some would argue that The Belvedere— which houses Klimt’s Kiss—
is the most ideal.
However what’s important is that you make the time to view his work;
not so much where you see them.
Vienna is also a tribute to classical music.
A fine one, in fact.
While some may see the medium as an offering of a bygone era,
such an artistic achievement can never really be outdated.
Instead it waits patiently to be re-discovered…
and from Strauss to Beethoven the musical influence of history’s greatest
composers is on full display.
Of course no survey of any important world city would be complete without touching upon its culinary offerings.
Here it’s freely admitted that Italy (rightfully) holds the crown as
Europe’s best culinary destination.
However Viennese dessert culture has all the credentials to topple its neighbor
to the South’s dolci—
with the superstars being its famed Sachertorte (below, left)
and Strudel (below, right).
Just don’t eat them together because they’re filling!
Any other description I might add about this Central European city would be woefully inadequate; the best I can do is to encourage you to take a trip to this elegant little gem as soon as possible. You’ll never regret it for as long as you live…
God I love Vienna!