Placed in the heart of Europe, in a strategic position between East and West, Vienna, the capital of Austria, can boast of a glorious past. Elegant capital of the Habsburg Empire until 1918, the city was shaped by enlightened sovereigns who commissioned to famous architects lavish monumental works.The tour in the Habsburgs’ footsteps begins from the streets of the historic center, the Innere Stadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It starts from St. Stephen's Cathedral, a Romanesque and Gothic church in the heart of the old city. Do not miss a visit to the imperial compound of Hofburg Palace, the main residence of the Habsburgs, a veritable city within a city, where you can visit, among others, the apartments where the mythical Princess Sissi lived. The sovereign’s remains are kept in the Crypt of the Emperors, in the Church of the Capuchins.
You can also visit Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs. Also worth seeing is the impressive City Hall (Rathaus) and the State Opera, one of the most important opera houses in the world.The icy elegance of historic Vienna gives way to the colours of modernity in Hundertwasser district, built in the mid-80s as part of a social housing marked by imaginative architectural solutions, which were designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and recall the work of the Spanish Gaudi. Vienna is the right place for people who love art: here avant-garde movements flourished, such as the "Jugendstil" and the "Secession". The most representative artist of that period was Gustav Klimt, whose works are housed in various museums of the city, including the Belvedere Austrian Gallery.City full of parks – the most famous is the Prater with its Giant Ferris Wheel – Vienna is known as the "capital of music", having been the birthplace of composers such as Strauss and Schubert and having hosted Beethoven and Mozart.Finally take a break in one of the many cafes, authentic city’s institutions, between a cup of tea and a taste of the famous Sacher Torte.