Sunday, December 13, 2009
More about Vienna
Vienna is a city of culture: it possesses a lively and vast array of cultural attractions. Whether classical or experimental theatre, film or dance festivals, opera or operetta, or exhibitions and concerts - no matter when you come and how long you stay, there is sure to be something exciting for you to discover. Or if your tastes are not quite so culturally refined, then you can visit one of Vienna's famous coffee houses or traditional wine taverns ("Heurige") and work your way through famous culinary specialities, especially Viennese pastries and coffee.
Vienna ia also a city of music. It has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. This outstanding musical heritage has been preserved right to the present day. It still boasts one of the world's top orchestras as well as the Vienna Boys' Choir which is successful wherever it tours.
Vienna is also a city of art. Through the centuries, Vienna has always produced and nurtured world-famous artists. The collecting passion of art-loving rulers and monarchs has made Vienna a treasure house par excellence. The Museum of Fine Arts, for instance, is one of the world's largest and most distinguished museums, housing priceless works of art. Art accompanies you wherever you go in Vienna - even some of its underground stations are listed properties becasue of their elegant, ornamental Jugendstil style designed by Otto Wagner. There is a wonderful museum devoted to Klimt.
The exterior is elegant, charming and cultured. The architecture is beautiful. Our hotel is right in the center of town and close to the pedestrian zone Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth (www.kaiserinelisabeth.at) The people are nice and helpful.
But I am terribly uncomfortable here. Why? What am I picking up? What is all elegance and charm unable to hide??