Vienna is the capital of Austria, with a couple of million residents. After Berlin, it is the largest German speaking city in the world.
And culture is everywhere. It has been the leading European music center, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. Mozart was born in Salzburg but later moved to Vienna.
Although we have seen gorgeous architecture and picture postcard retails shops all over Europe, Vienna seems to take the prize. It is said to be the most prosperous city in the world and looking around the city center you see plenty signs of it. The grand buildings house many pricey shops, some that show sample clothing outfits, for 5-6 pieces, from socks to jackets, at a cost of $5-6,000.
Despite this wealth, at least 40% of the residents are migrants.
We spent our time seeing the sights and people watching. Another very crowded city. We toured two palaces, stopped in at the famous Vienna Opera House and explored St. Stephen’s towering Gothic Cathedral.
St. Stephens was first built 1137, reconstructed in 1511. It accidentally caught fire as looters burnt nearby shops when Soviet troops entered the city near the end of WWII. There has been much rebuilding since then, and it continues.