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Vienna: The City Of Music

Author: pmcindoe  |  Category: Destinations
Published: February 8, 2009

Austria’s capital city, Vienna has a population approaching 2 million and boasts a reputation of being one of the safest cities in the world, with a high quality of life. Indeed, recognised as one of Europe’s great cultural cities, thousands of visitors descend upon Vienna each year to experience its music, theatre, opera, museums and architecture.

Despite its obvious aesthetic appeal making it one of Europe’s top city breaks for visitors, Vienna is considered to be the city of music. In fact, it has been home to some of the finest and most recognised composers which have ever lived.

Perhaps the most distinguished has to be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart moved to Vienna when he was 25 years old and spent the remainder of his life there; he composed and orchestrated some of his finest work including the incomplete Requiem, a composition cut short by his death in 1791. As you may expect, today Vienna celebrates the time Mozart spent in the city through a collection of annual concerts held throughout the city, including the State Opera House.

In addition, one of Mozart’s apartments has also recently been renovated and made opened to the public. As such, this exhibition is based on Mozart’s life Vienna, where interested visitors can learn about his most important works.

Of course, Mozart is not the only famous composer to have lived in Vienna. Ludwig Van Beethoven also moved to Vienna for a period of his life, during which time he worked and studied with both Mozart and another Viennese citizen, Joseph Hadyn. Other famous composers associated with this great city include Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss and Franz Schubert.

This great tradition of composers descending on the city offers today’s visitors a wealth of cultural association, re-lived through performances of their work played out in many of Vienna’s finest theatres and opera houses.

And with so much to see and do, it is good to know that with the location of the many hotels in Vienna and major attractions within the central district, this makes walking the most common way to get around Vienna. However, there is also an efficient public transport system which includes commuter rail, underground, trams and buses.

Therefore, for visitors who would like to embark on a true cultural break, Vienna can offer a vibrant environment in which to experience fascinating history. And with so much musical history to explore, it is not too difficult to see why Vienna is considered by many, to be the city of music.

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

Author: pmcindoe

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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